Cover Your Legal Bases Lebanon MO

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.

Thomas Nichols Chapman
903 Jackson St., P.O. Box 228
Chillicothe, MO
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of Missouri, Kansas City,Westminster College
State Licensing
Missouri

Michael Todd Miller
(573) 634-2838
1808 Southwest Blvd., Suite A
Jefferson City, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Tax, Real Estate, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Missouri

James Kevin Checkett
(417) 358-4049
517 South Main Street, P.O. Box 409
Carthage, MO
Specialties
Banking, Estate Planning, Business, Bankruptcy
Education
University of Tulsa College of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

Jeffrey Lee Schultz
(314) 552-4845
One Metropolitan Square, Ste. 2600, 211 North Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Intellectual Property
Education
Washington University School of Law,Truman State University
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Reed Brooks Kenagy III
(573) 775-2100
107 South 3rd St., P.O. Box 920
Steelville, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Commercial, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Missouri

Jennifer Carter-Johnson
(314) 392-9505
Campus Box 1120, 1 Brookings Dr
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Washington

Randall Paul Baker
(573) 581-6577
P.O. Box 758, 123 East Jackson Street
Mexico, MO
Specialties
Agriculture, Family, Corporate
Education
University of Missouri School of Law,University of Missouri
State Licensing
Missouri

Joel W. Case
(636) 923-8680
Suite 203, 1190 Meramec Station Rd
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Administrative Law, Business, Insurance, Bankruptcy
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,University of M
State Licensing
Missouri

Gabrielle Melissa Ince
(816) 374-3200
1200 Main St Ste 3500
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Environmental, Corporate, Life Science & Biotech, Health Care
Education
Washington University School of Law,University of Missouri, Rolla
State Licensing
Kansas

Steven Joseph Foristal
(314) 612-2282
One Metropolitan Square, Ste. 2600, 211 North Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Licensing
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Spring Hill College
State Licensing
Missouri

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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