Cover Your Legal Bases Mountain Home AR

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.

Dawn Ferrell Clements
(870) 656-9314
P.O. Box 1297 (Mail), 117 E. Sixth Street
Mountain Home, AR
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Insurance, Family, Personal Injury, Construction, Litigation
Education
Indiana University School of L
State Licensing
Illinois, Texas

David Brian Pointer
(417) 679-2203
28 Court Square, Po Box 400
Gainesville, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Real Estate
Education
Harvard University Law School,Missouri State University
State Licensing
Missouri

Jeb Hunter Joyce
(479) 444-5202
4100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 310
Springdale, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Securities Offerings, Banking, Commercial
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of L
State Licensing
Arkansas

John Kendall Harriman
7 COACHLIGHT DR
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Government, Insurance, Administrative Law, Corporate
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Nicholas Lincoln Rogers
(501) 372-5800
824 W 7TH ST STE 202
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Employment, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
Washington University School of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Jessica Peterson Blackburn
(417) 679-2203
P.O. Box 400, 28 Court Square
Gainesville, MO
Specialties
Business, Corporate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,Missouri State University
State Licensing
Missouri

Terry W. Pool
(479) 973-4200
214 W. Dickson St.
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Construction
State Licensing
Arkansas

Grant Maxey Cox
(501) 379-1746
111 CENTER ST STE 1900
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Hendrix College
State Licensing
Arkansas

Otis Henry Storey III
(972) 701-7000
424 W Capitol Ave., 27th Floor, P. O. Box 551
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Commercial
State Licensing
Arkansas

Marcella Joanne Taylor
425 W CAPITOL AVE STE 1800
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Environmental, Litigation, Commercial, General Practice
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Willamette University
State Licensing
Arkansas

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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