Cover Your Legal Bases Knightdale NC

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.

C. Terrell Thomas Jr.
(919) 365-6000
PO BOX 729
WENDELL, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Family, Workers Compensation, Estate Planning
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Appalachian State University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Joseph T. Howell
(919) 365-6000
200 N PINE ST
WENDELL, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business, Litigation
Education
North Carolina Central University School of Law,North Carolina State University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Francis J. Gordon
(919) 836-0090
1101 HAYNES ST STE 104
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Personal Injury, Defective & Dangerous Products, Transportation, Business, Litigation
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,North Carolina State University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Christopher Ryan Bullock
(919) 870-9101
127 West Hargett Street, Suite 504
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Landlord & Tenant
State Licensing
North Carolina

Clifton L. Brinson
(919) 821-6605
PO BOX 2611
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Appeals, Contracts, Corporate, Securities Offerings
Education
Yale Law School,Duke University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Kelly Elizabeth Thompson
(919) 821-1860
5308 Seaspray Lane
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Family, Business, Elder Law
State Licensing
North Carolina

Robert Wirth
(919) 745-5062
3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 1000
Raliegh, NC
Specialties
Banking, Business, Contracts, Corporate, Debt Agreements, Commercial
State Licensing
DC, North Carolina

Leslie Bruce Mcdaniel
(919) 872-3000
Po Box 58186
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Business, Insurance
Education
Wake Forest University
State Licensing
Georgia

Heather Bell Adams
(919) 821-6708
PO BOX 2611
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Antitrust, Federal Regulation, Business, Litigation, Intellectual Property
Education
Duke University School of Law,Duke University
State Licensing
North Carolina

William M. Flynn
(919) 899-3016
Po Box 109
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial
State Licensing
North Carolina, Pennsylvania

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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