Cover Your Legal Bases Millsboro DE

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.

James D Griffin
(302) 856-9066
116 West Market Street, P.O. Box 612
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Business, Banking, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
University of New Mexico School of Law,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Delaware

K. William Scott
(302) 436-6200
38017 Fenwick Shoals Boulevard
Selbyville, DE
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Wills, Estate Planning
Education
Villanova University School of Law,Villanova University
State Licensing
Delaware

Stephen P Ellis
(302) 855-9505
9 North Front Street, P.O. Box 574
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Litigation, Tax
Education
Catholic University of America, School of Law,Georgetown University Law Center,Wheeling Jesuit Unive
State Licensing
Delaware, DC

Brian M Ellis
(302) 855-9505
9 North Front Street, P.O. Box 574
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Tulane University Law School,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Delaware, New Jersey, New York

James P Becker
(302) 227-9441
309 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Wills
Education
University of Texas School of Law,University of the South
State Licensing
Delaware

David R Hackett
(302) 856-9066
116 West Market Street, P.O. Box 612
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Health Care, Real Estate
Education
Washington and Lee University School of Law,Emory University,Wilmington College
State Licensing
Delaware

Susan H Mitchell
(800) 533-2897
30 E. Pine Street, P.O. Box 151
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Estate Planning, Corporate, Tax
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,University of Maryland School of Law,Bucknell University
State Licensing
Delaware

Cindy L Szabo
(302) 855-9505
9 North Front Street, P.O. Box 574
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Estate Planning, Corporate, Tax, Real Estate
Education
Tulane University Law School,University of Pennsylvania
State Licensing
Delaware, New Jersey, New York

Michael R Smith
(302) 856-9066
116 West Market Street, P.O. Box 612
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation, Estate Planning, Business
Education
Villanova University School of Law,University of Delaware
State Licensing
Delaware

Eugene M Lawson Jr.
(302) 226-3700
402 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Litigation, Mediation
Education
Washington College of Law, American University,American University,Harvard University,Virginia Tech
State Licensing
Delaware, DC, Maryland, Virginia

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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