Cover Your Legal Bases Moberly MO

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 Leo O'Loughlin
(660) 269-4549
P.O. Box 280, 2000 US Highway 63 South
Moberly, MO
Specialties
Business
Education
Northwestern University
State Licensing
Texas

Julius M. Oswald
(816) 229-8121
601 Nw Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 550
Blue Springs, MO
Specialties
Government, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,Rockhurst University
State Licensing
Missouri

Robert Herman
(816) 941-7600
621 N. Skinker
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Missouri

Andrew G. Goffinet
(816) 454-5600
Suite 100, 9800 Nw Polo Drive
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Business, Estate Planning, Litigation, Tax
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,Northwest Missouri State University
State Licensing
Missouri

Michael C. Dempsey
(636) 583-5103
30 S. Mckinnley
Union, MO
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Tax, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,Southeast Missouri State University
State Licensing
Missouri

Anthony L. Springfield
(816) 360-4291
700 W. 47th Street, Suite 1000
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Business, Litigation
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Michael J. Kuckelman
(816) 877-8155
420 Nichols Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Arbitration, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

Mandy J. Hobson
(314) 241-9090
10 South Broadway, #2000
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Commercial
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Creighton University
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Terry Alan Tschannen
-0258744
412 W. Helm Street, P.O. Box 218
Brookfield, MO
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Real Estate
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

John A. Blumenfeld
(314) 719-3009
168 N Meramec Avenue, Suite 400
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

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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