Cover Your Legal Bases Kingsport TN

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Richard Edwin Hopson
(502) 562-7360
410 Shelby St
Kingsport, TN
Specialties
Employment, Business, Arbitration
Education
UNIV SC
State Licensing
Tennessee

Larry Van Roberts
(423) 246-7888
108 E Main St Ste 210
Kingsport, TN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business
Education
Stetson University College of Law
State Licensing
Florida, Tennessee

Mark Stephen Dessauer
(423) 378-8840
1212 NORTH EASTMAN RD PO BOX 3740
KINGSPORT, TN
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Banking, Financial Markets And Services, Corporate, Litigation
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main
State Licensing
Tennessee

Chad William Whitfield
(423) 283-6308
1212 N EASTMAN RD
KINGSPORT, TN
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Tax, Corporate
Education
East Tennessee State University,St. Thomas University School of Law
State Licensing
Tennessee

Michael S. Lattier
(423) 378-8838
Po Box 3740
Kingsport, TN
Specialties
Litigation, Corporate, Employment, Probate
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
State Licensing
Florida, Montana, Tennessee

Shelburne Ferguson Jr
(423) 246-3132
(EVEN Range 200 - 298) WEXLER ST
KINGSPORT, TN
Specialties
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning, Wills
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law,Milligan College
State Licensing
Tennessee

Harry Parks Rowlett
(423) 246-7888
108 E MAIN ST STE 210
KINGSPORT, TN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law
State Licensing
Tennessee

William Courtney Argabrite
(423) 378-8829
PO BOX 3740
KINGSPORT, TN
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Health Care
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law ,Wake Forest University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Joseph Bernard Harvey
(423) 378-8854
1212 N. Eastman Road
Kingsport, TN
Specialties
Arbitration, Contracts, Employment, Commercial, Sexual Harassment
Education
University of Tennessee,University of Tennessee
State Licensing
Georgia

Scott Thomas Powers
(423) 378-8816
1212 N EASTMAN RD PO BOX 3740
KINGSPORT, TN
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Health Care, Banking
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,United States Naval Academy
State Licensing
Tennessee

Cover Your Legal Bases

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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