Cover Your Legal Bases Liberal KS

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.

Richard R. Yoxall
(620) 624-8444
101 W 4th St
Liberal, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Trusts, Estate Planning
Education
Washburn University School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Jason Edward Maxwell
(620) 624-5599
500 North Kansas Avenue
Liberal, KS
Specialties
Estate Planning, Contracts, Corporate, Criminal Defense
Education
University of Oklahoma School of Law
State Licensing
Kansas

Charles Alan Joseph
(316) 651-5757
7701 East Kellogg Ste 895
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Business
Education
New York University
State Licensing
Texas

Steven L. Passer
(913) 469-4100
11000 King, P.O. Box 25625
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Iowa,Yeshiva University
State Licensing
Kansas

Mark D Hinderks
913.344.6706, 10975 Benson, Suite 550
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Intellectual Property, Ethics
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Frankie Joe Schwartz
(316) 626-4545
P.O. Box 948
Liberal, KS
Specialties
Business
Education
Washburn University
State Licensing
Texas

David E Bengtson
(316) 268-7943
1625 N. Waterfront Parkway, Suite 300
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Energy
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Steven W Graber
(785) 565-0104
714 Poyntz Ave., Ste. C
Manhattan, KS
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business
State Licensing
Kansas

Jay Thomas Shadwick
(913) 498-3536
11040 Oakmont Street
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Banking, Land Use & Zoning
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Richard H. Hertel
(913) 327-5126
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Bldg. 40
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Business, Financial Markets And Services, State, Local And Municipal Law, Tax, Real Estate
Education
University of Kansas School of Law
State Licensing
Kansas

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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