Cover Your Legal Bases Mount Pleasant SC

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.

Jocelyn G Bolling
(843) 345-1207
1311 ROYAL LINKS DR
MT PLEASANT, SC
Specialties
Copyright Application, Trademark Application, Corporate, Wills, Real Estate
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,University of Maryland
State Licensing
DC, Maryland, South Carolina

Robert A Kerr Jr
(843) 972-1000
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation, Construction, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Hamilton College,American Academy in Rome
State Licensing
South Carolina

Forrest H Norvell IV
(843) 972-1000
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Washington and Lee University
State Licensing
South Carolina

John F McNeill
(843) 881-1066
P.O. Box 1099
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Tax, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Citadel,Citadel,University of Miami
State Licensing
South Carolina

Ben A Hagood Jr
(843) 972-1000
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Environmental, Business, Litigation
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
South Carolina

Amy M Haines
(843) 884-1593
P.O. Box 1099
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
South Carolina

Helen Ann Harper
(843) 853-5200
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Environmental, Immigration
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Duke University,University of North Carolina
State Licensing
South Carolina

Elizabeth W Settle
(843) 972-1000
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
South Carolina

Wendy L Wilkie
(843) 972-1000
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Environmental, Litigation, Employment, Immigration, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,College of Charleston
State Licensing
South Carolina

Christopher T Colwell
(843) 972-1000
P.O. Box 220
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Real Estate, Construction
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Furman University
State Licensing
South Carolina

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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