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.

Deborah Carter Dearing
(314) 863-2700
Dearing & Hartzog, L.C., 211 S. Central Ave.
Clayton, MO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Missouri

Bryant Todd Lamer
(816) 292-8296
1000 Walnut St., Ste. 1400
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Appeals
Education
University of Michigan Law School
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Kevin Andrew Sullivan
(314) 781-3222
3415 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Business, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
Education
University of Tulsa,University of Missouri School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

J. Steven Erickson
(314) 771-1500
2330 Menard
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville,Southwest Missouri State University
State Licensing
Missouri

Mara Halpert Cohara
(816) 460-5760
7915 Nw Westside Drive
Weatherby Lake, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

Deanna M. Wendler Modde
(314) 552-4818
One Metropolitan Square, Ste. 2600, 211 North Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Insurance, Construction
Education
University of Illinois College of Law,Washington University
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Roland A. Wegmann
(636) 797-2655
Court House Square 455, PO Box 740
Hillsboro, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Jean Paul Assouad
(816) 960-0090
Ste. 500, 1010 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Insurance
State Licensing
Missouri

Thomas M. Higgins III
(816) 460-5832
Lathrop & Gage, Llp, 2345 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Business, Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions
State Licensing
Missouri

Donald R. Carmody
(314) 854-8655
120 South Central Avenue, Suite 1800
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Financial Markets And Services, Business, Banking, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia 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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