Cover Your Legal Bases Lebanon OR

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.

F James Healy
(541) 926-5504
Po Box 40
Albany, OR
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Western Oregon State College
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Joel D Kalberer
(541) 926-2255
130 W 1st Ave, PO Box 667
Albany, OR
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord & Tenant, Employment, Government
Education
University of Oregon School of Law,Whitman College
State Licensing
Oregon

Thomas L Black
(541) 926-2255
130 W 1st Ave, PO Box 667
Albany, OR
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Employment, Corporate
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,California State University, Long Beach,University of Californ
State Licensing
Oregon

Jennifer D Potter
(541) 917-0111
939 Elm St, PO Box 1045
Albany, OR
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Elder Law, Real Estate
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Western Oregon University
State Licensing
Oregon

R Tim Willis
(541) 757-0575
123 NW 7TH ST PO BOX 396
CORVALLIS, OR
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Cornell College,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Oregon

Daisy A Hering
(541) 926-5504
201 W 1ST AVE PO BOX 40
ALBANY, OR
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Government, General Practice
Education
University of Oregon School of Law,University of Oregon
State Licensing
Oregon

James H Jordan
(541) 754-0303
100 Calapooia St SW, PO Box 983
Albany, OR
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Tax
State Licensing
Oregon

Andrew S Noonan
(541) 926-5504
201 W 1ST AVE PO BOX 40
ALBANY, OR
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Family, Government, Appeals
Education
University of Idaho College of Law,Oregon State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Raymond M Cihak
(541) 754-0303
745 NW VAN BUREN ST PO BOX 781
CORVALLIS, OR
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
University of California at Davis School of Law,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Oregon

Cary B Stephens
(541) 757-0575
123 NW 7TH ST PO BOX 396
CORVALLIS, OR
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Litigation
Education
University of Oregon School of Law,University of Oregon
State Licensing
Oregon

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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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