Cover Your Legal Bases Los Angeles CA

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.

Chananel H Nakasaka
(213) 928-5774
2202 S. Figueroa Street, 413
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business, Criminal Defense
State Licensing
California

Don Luther Weaver
(213) 892-5017
601 S Figueroa St Ste 2500
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business
Education
USC Law School,Univ of California Santa Barbara
State Licensing
California

William T. DelHagen
(213) 630-1006
801 S GRAND AVE
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, General Practice, Business
Education
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
State Licensing
California

Raymond Joseph DeBriyn Jr
(213) 629-7865
Suite 2000 One Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Insurance, Corporate
Education
Santa Clara University Law School,Santa Clara University
State Licensing
California

Philip Falese
4929 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 700
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Corporate, Financial Markets And Services, Estate Planning, Tax, Investment Fraud
State Licensing
California

Alexander Crane Mcgilvray Jr
(213) 629-5700
800 Wilshire Blvd 12fl
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business
Education
UCLA SOL,Stanford Univ
State Licensing
California

Therese H. Maynard
(213) 736-1155
919 S Albany St
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business
Education
UCLA SOL,Univ of California Irvine
State Licensing
California

Christopher S. Ruhland
(213) 612-2274
777 S FIGUEROA ST STE 3200
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Antitrust, Commercial, Intellectual Property
Education
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law,University of California - Irvine
State Licensing
California

Jance Marshall Weberman
(213) 386-9100
3700 Wilshire Blvd #540
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Southwestern Univ SOL,City Univ of New York - City College
State Licensing
California

Michael Timothy Lifrak
865 S FIGUEROA ST
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Commercial, Antitrust, Investment Fraud, Partnership, Litigation
Education
Yale Law School,Columbia University
State Licensing
California

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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