Cover Your Legal Bases Mankato MN

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.

Christopher Michael Roe
(507) 345-1166
127 S SECOND ST PO BOX 3049
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Agriculture, Business, Corporate, Employment, Estate Planning
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of St. Thomas
State Licensing
Minnesota

Paul Elmer Grabitske
(507) 345-5500
151 SAINT ANDREWS CT STE 610
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Business, Bankruptcy, Family, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Minnesota

Andrew Michael Tatge
(507) 387-1115
124 E WALNUT ST STE 200
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Business, Family
Education
University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis,Creighton University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Charles W Ries
(507) 625-6600
201 N BROAD ST #200 PO BOX 7
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy, Tax
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Tami Lynn Peterson
(507) 345-5500
151 ST ANDREWS CT #610 PO BOX 1056
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Family, Business
State Licensing
Minnesota

Allen Patrick Eskens
(507) 345-5500
151 ST ANDREWS CT #610 PO BOX 1056
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Family, Criminal Defense, Business, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Minnesota

Christopher Eric Sandquist
(507) 387-1115
124 E WALNUT ST STE 200
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Employment, Workers Compensation, Litigation
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,Creighton University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Michael C Karp
(507) 345-1166
127 S SECOND ST PO BOX 3049
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Real Estate, Tax
Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law,Bemidji State University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Silas Leonard Danielson
(507) 345-1166
127 S SECOND ST PO BOX 3049
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Agriculture, Business, Criminal Defense, Employment, Litigation
Education
Hamline University School of Law,Concordia College
State Licensing
Minnesota

John C Peterson
(507) 625-6600
201 N BROAD ST #200 PO BOX 7
MANKATO, MN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
Drake University Law School
State Licensing
Minnesota

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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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