Cover Your Legal Bases Lenoir City TN

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.

Bradley Sloan Lewis
(865) 690-4997
10413 KINGSTON PIKE STE 200
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,University of Tennessee
State Licensing
Tennessee

John Terry Holland
(865) 692-1144
108 DURWOOD RD
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Family, Litigation, Personal Injury, Business
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law,University of Tennessee
State Licensing
Tennessee

Stephen Lee Carpenter
(865) 690-4997
10413 KINGSTON PIKE STE 200
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Wills, Estate Planning, Business, Tax, Probate
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law ,College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wyt
State Licensing
Tennessee, Virginia

Mark David Mccormick
(865) 310-2781
1512 Mont Cove Blvd
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Business
Education
Tulane Univ Law School,Tulane Univ
State Licensing
California

Dale Jon Montpelier
(865) 673-0330
9059 MIDDLEBROOK PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Litigation, Administrative Law, Appeals, Employment, Business
Education
California Western School of Law,Syracuse University,San Diego State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Amanda Brewer Brabham
(865) 690-4997
10413 KINGSTON PIKE STE 200
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,University of Tennessee
State Licensing
Tennessee

Andrew Scott Roskind
(865) 357-8102
9724 KINGSTON PIKE STE 208
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Adoption, Business, Litigation, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense
State Licensing
Tennessee

Stanley Fred LaDuke
(865) 691-5524
108 SHERWAY RD
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Family, Personal Injury, Car Accident
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law,University of Tennessee
State Licensing
Tennessee

Thomas M Parker
(865) 694-4685
108 SHERWAY RD
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Family, Debt Collection, Business
Education
University of Maryland School of Law,University of Maryland
State Licensing
Tennessee

Christina June Thornton
(865) 566-0115
8351 E WALKER SPRINGS LN STE 303
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Employee Benefits, Employment
Education
Georgia State University College of Law ,Kennesaw State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

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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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