Cover Your Legal Bases Leesburg VA

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.

Robert Edwin Sevila
(703) 777-5700
P.O. Box 678
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Business, Transportation, Litigation
State Licensing
Virginia

Lorren Tyus Johnston
(703) 443-1455
101 Wirt St SW, Suite A
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business
Education
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
State Licensing
Virginia

Forrest E White
(703) 737-3770
4 Loudoun Street Se
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Debt Collection, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Corporate, Litigation
Education
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law,Bowling Green State University
State Licensing
DC, Virginia, West Virginia

Steven Furnald Jackson
(703) 777-1050
Suite 200, 307 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Commercial
State Licensing
Virginia

John J. Sabourin Jr.
(703) 641-4270
Suite 300, 44084 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Advertising
State Licensing
Virginia

Thomas M. Dunlap
(703) 777-3885
199 Liberty St., SW
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Business Law, Bankruptcy
Secondary Specialties
Identity Theft, Spam, International Transactions, Reorganizations & Restructuring, State & Municipal Contracts, Commercial Banks & Loans, Reinsurance, Life Insurance, Frauds, Scams, Hoaxes, Casualty Insurance, Deceptive Trade Practices, Business Bankruptcy, Public Offerings, Domain Names, Gaming, Federal Contracts, False Advertising, Commercial Construction Contracts, Communication & Media, Identity Theft, Crops, Student Loans, Locating Funds, Electronic Commerce, Judgments, Breach of Contract
Education
Juris Doctor, Washington & Lee University, 1999
State Licensing
Virginia

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Thomas M Dunlap
(703) 777-7319
199 LIBERTY ST SW
LEESBURG, VA
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Litigation, Aviation, Government Contracts, Business
Education
Washington and Lee University School of Law,Lafayette College,University of Maryland
State Licensing
DC, Maryland, Virginia

Jeffrey William Weaver
(703) 777-7319
199 Liberty St Sw
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Business, Trademark Application, Real Estate, Corporate
Education
Washington and Lee University School of Law,Vanderbilt University,Emory University-Goizueta School o
State Licensing
Florida, New Jersey, New York, Virginia

William Robert Fitzpatrick
(703) 777-5700
30 North King Street
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Trusts
State Licensing
Virginia

Sammid J Mansoor
(703) 404-7733
116R EDWARDS FERRY RD NE
LEESBURG, VA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Probate
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
College of Charleston
State Licensing
Virginia

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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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