Cover Your Legal Bases Midland MI

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.

R. Paul Larsen
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Health Care, Contracts, Administrative Law
Education
Wayne State University,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Kristina Serafini Pennex
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning
Education
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
Michigan

Wendy Davis Kanar
143 MCDONALD ST
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate, Business
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law,Centenary College of Louisiana
State Licensing
Michigan

Arthur T. Lippert Jr.
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Environmental, Business, Employment, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
Education
University of Michigan,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Daniel J. Cline
143 MCDONALD ST
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Litigation
Education
Yale University,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

R. Drummond Black
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, Litigation, Business
Education
Purdue University,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Katherine L. Reed
(989) 486-3334
112 DARTMOUTH DR
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Commercial, Contracts, Corporate, Criminal Defense, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Domestic Violence, DUI
State Licensing
Michigan, Minnesota

W. Jay Brown
(989) 486-3676
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Construction, Real Estate, Business, Commercial
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Central Michigan University,Central Michigan University
State Licensing
Michigan

William R. Garchow
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Real Estate, Financial Markets And Services, Corporate, Debt Collection, Business
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Alma College
State Licensing
Michigan

William C. Collins
6024 EASTMAN AVE
MIDLAND, MI
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Education, Employment, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
University of Michigan,University of Michigan,University of Toronto
State Licensing
Michigan

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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