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

John Kooistra III
(501) 372-0800
TWENTY-SECOND FLOOR 111 CENTER ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Banking, Real Estate
Education
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center,University of Central Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

John Rodney Tisdale
(501) 212-1256
200 W CAPITOL AVE STE 2300
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Tax, Corporate, Health Care, State, Local And Municipal Law, Real Estate
Education
Washington University School of Law,Rhodes College
State Licensing
Arkansas

David Alan Smith
(501) 975-3000
124 W CAPITOL AVE STE 2000
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Corporate, Financial Markets And Services
Education
New York University School of Law,University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of
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

Vincent O. Chadick
(479) 521-9996
P.O. BOX 3618 221 N COLLEGE AVE
FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Specialties
Agriculture, Environmental, Business, Litigation
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas at Litt
State Licensing
Arkansas

Jenny Thompson Garrett
(479) 464-5650
5414 PINNACLE POINT DR STE 500
ROGERS, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Insurance
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana Tech University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Emmett Bowers Chiles
(501) 379-1734
111 CENTER ST STE 1900
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Appeals, Class Action, Defective & Dangerous Products, Employment
Education
Harvard University Law School,Hendrix College
State Licensing
Arkansas

Danny Keith Clearman
(479) 696-8212
100 N DIXIELAND RD DIXIELAND MALL
ROGERS, AR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Appeals
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law,University of Mississippi
State Licensing
Arkansas, Mississippi

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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