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

Kim B. Blankenship
(314) 965-3900
9800 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Probate, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Mark A. Hubbard
(816) 858-3007
500 Third Street
Platte City, MO
Specialties
Family, Business, Estate Planning, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,Westminster College
State Licensing
Missouri

David Charlton Edmonds
(314) 909-7877
1099 Milwaukee Street, Ste. 260
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Landlord & Tenant, Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,University of Richmond
State Licensing
Missouri

Christopher Robert Larose
(314) 612-2361
1 Metropolitan Square, Suite 2600
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law
Northwestern University
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Aaron George Weishaar
(314) 621-5743
812 N. Collins, Laclede's Landing
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Construction, Real Estate, International Law
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Saint Louis University
State Licensing
Illinois

Mark Joseph Ross
(816) 360-4337
700 W. 47th Street, Suite 1000
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Notre Dame Law School,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Kansas

Timothy S. Frets
(816) 941-7600
903 E. 104th Street, Ste. 610
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Commercial
Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law,Drury University
State Licensing
Missouri

Richard Bruce Rothman
(314) 863-1500
Suite 1650, 120 South Central
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
State Licensing
Missouri

Edward V. Crites
(314) 862-3800
549 Beauford Drive
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Appeals, Personal Injury, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

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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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