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

V. Andre Sherman
(909) 381-1551
1126 WILSHIRE BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products, Business, Ethics, Insurance
Education
Loyola Law School,University of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

Philip Gary Grant
1055 W 7TH ST STE 2800
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products, Antitrust, Insurance
Education
University of Texas School of Law,Stanford University,University of California - Berkeley,University
State Licensing
California

Valerie Geyber
865 S FIGUEROA ST
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Health Care, White Collar Crime, Ethics, Corporate, Medical Malpractice
Education
Loyola Law School,Los Angeles,University of California, Los Angeles,University of California - Los A
State Licensing
California

Guy Ruttenberg
(213) 680-8352
777 S FIGUEROA ST
LOS ANGELES, CA
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Patent Infringement, International Law, Insurance, Commercial
Education
Harvard University Law School,University of California at Los Angeles,University of California - Los
State Licensing
California

Bertrand Edward Christian
(310) 636-9256
3660 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business
Education
Univ of Texas SOL,Univ of North Texas
State Licensing
California

Nazanin Shirin Lahijani
Suite 2000 One Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Insurance
Education
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law,University of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

Jason Michael Booth
Forty Fifth Floor 707 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Insurance, Environmental, Defective & Dangerous Products, Business
Education
Southwestern University School of Law,University of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

Julie Aziza Dimashkieh Manasfi
(213) 736-1465
919 Albany St
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Tax, Business
Education
New York Univ SOL,Univ of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

Merrill R. Francis
(213) 617-4110
48th Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Business
Education
Stanford Univ Law School,Pomona Coll
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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