Cover Your Legal Bases Missoula MT

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.

Craig Mitchell Mungas
(406) 721-9700
1821 South Ave W Fl 3
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Contracts, Corporate
Education
Seattle University Scool of Law
State Licensing
Montana, Washington

W. Timothy Seibly
(406) 241-5754
Po Box 8628
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Real Estate
State Licensing
Washington

Philip J. O'Connell
(406) 728-6666
234 East Pine Street, P.O. Box 8515
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Litigation, Divorce, Real Estate
State Licensing
Montana

Thad A. Huse
(406) 728-0810
Central Square Building, 201 West Main Street, Suite 201
Missoula, MT
 
David H. Bjornson
(406) 721-8896
210 North Higgins Avenue, Suite 222
Missoula, MT
 
David Hunter Bjornson
(406) 721-8896
2809 Great Northern Loop Ste 100
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Washington

Philip J. O'Connell
(406) 728-6666
234 East Pine Street, P.O. Box 8515
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Litigation, Divorce, Real Estate
State Licensing
Montana

Logan M. Blank
(406) 728-4770
229 South 2nd Street West
Missoula, MT
 
Rebecca L. Summerville
(406) 728-0810
Central Square Building, 201 West Main Street, Suite 201
Missoula, MT
 
Dustin M. Chouinard
(406) 728-0810
Central Square Building, 201 West Main Street, Suite 201
Missoula, MT
 

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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