Cover Your Legal Bases Maple Heights OH

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.

Robert Edelstein
(216) 514-4981
26851 Miles Road, Unit 204
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Landlord & Tenant
Education
Case Western Reserve University
State Licensing
Ohio

John Julius Fahsbender
(216) 577-0868
PO Box 202361
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Environmental, Corporate, Litigation, Estate Planning, Foreclosure
Education
New York University School of Law,American University,Tulane University,Tulane University
State Licensing
New York, Ohio, Oregon

Kimberly Y Smith Rivera
(504) 586-1200
25550 CHAGRIN BLVD STE 406
CLEVELAND, OH
Specialties
Appeals, Business, Project Finance, Commercial, Employment
Education
Case Western Reserve University
State Licensing
Ohio

Brooke D. Turner-Bautista
25550 CHAGRIN BLVD STE 406
CLEVELAND, OH
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law,Ohio University
State Licensing
Ohio

Monica Lacks
(504) 586-1200
25550 CHAGRIN BLVD STE 406
CLEVELAND, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Financial Markets And Services, Employment
Education
Harvard University Law School,John Hopkins University
State Licensing
Ohio

Seth Benjamin Marks
(216) 292-2600
3637 Green Road
Beachwood, OH
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Commercial
Education
Case Western Reserve University
State Licensing
Ohio

David Barry Waxman
(216) 514-9400
29225 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 350
Pepper Pike, OH
Specialties
Real Estate, Energy, Business
Education
University of Toledo
State Licensing
Ohio

William Mann Mills
(216) 292-5807
3401 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 200
Beachwood, OH
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Education
Cornell University
State Licensing
Ohio

Thomas I. Hausman
(216) 696-4200
3401 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 200
Beachwood, OH
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
Education
Ohio State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Paul Joseph Singerman
(216) 292-5807
3401 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 200
Beachwood, OH
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Case Western Reserve University
State Licensing
Ohio

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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