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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.

Reisenfeld & Associates LPA LLC
(513) 322-7000
3962 Red Bank Road
Cincinnati, OH

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Joseph Patrick Rouse
(513) 579-6417
1 E 4TH ST STE 1400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Ohio

Timothy Bryan Matthews
(513) 579-6595
1 E 4TH ST STE 1400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Business, Partnership, Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Harvard University,Harvard University
State Licensing
Ohio

Monica L. Gearding
(513) 357-9676
425 WALNUT ST STE 1800
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Corporate, Real Estate, Financial Markets And Services, Construction
Education
Case Western Reserve University School of Law,Ohio State University, Columbus
State Licensing
Ohio

William Straus Wyler
(513) 579-1414
441 VINE ST STE 2900
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Trademark Application, Antitrust, Copyright Application, Contracts, Commercial
State Licensing
Ohio

Vincent Boyd Stamp
(513) 977-8264
255 E 5TH ST CHEMED CTR
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Environmental, Litigation
Education
Notre Dame Law School,Bellarmine College
State Licensing
Ohio

Leonard J. Bazelak
(937) 222-2424
105 E 4TH ST STE 1400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Business, Employment, Government, Ethics, Medical Malpractice
Education
University of Dayton School of Law,Dartmouth College
State Licensing
Ohio

Timothy R. Brown
(404) 541-2960
312 Walnut Street, Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH
Specialties
Employee Benefits, Business, Health Care
Education
Emory University
State Licensing
Georgia

Matthew McDougall Kite
(513) 333-5224
250 E 5TH ST CHIQUITA BUILDING
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Financial Markets And Services, Construction, Corporate, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Capital University,Colorado College
State Licensing
Ohio

Karen Kreider Gaunt
(513) 579-6525
1 E 4TH ST STE 1400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Intellectual Property
Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law,Denison University
State Licensing
Ohio

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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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