Cover Your Legal Bases Muscatine IA

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.

Roni N. Halabi
(563) 324-1524
1936 Warren Street
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Employment, Litigation
Education
Drake University Law School,Bradley University
State Licensing
Illinois, Iowa

Stacey Laurene Hall
(563) 324-3246
220 N Main St Ste 600
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Missouri
State Licensing
Iowa

Mikkie R. Schiltz
(563) 333-6620
224 18TH ST ROCK ISLAND BANK BLDG
ROCK ISLAND, IL
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,University of West Florida
State Licensing
Illinois

Timothy Michl Feeney
329 18TH ST
ROCK ISLAND, IL
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Commercial, Workers Compensation
Education
University of Iowa,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois

Robert Van Patten Waterman Jr.
(563) 324-3246
220 N Main Ste 600
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Northwestern University
State Licensing
Iowa

Douglas Robert Lindstrom Jr.
(563) 324-3246
220 N Main St
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Litigation
Education
Drake University Law School,Coe College
State Licensing
Iowa

Molly Ann O'Meara Schnell
1617-2nd Avenue Suite 300
Rock Island, IL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Corporate, Business
Education
University of Iowa College of Law Iowa City,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois

Cameron Anthony Davidson
(563) 333-6639
224 18TH ST ROCK ISLAND BANK BLDG
ROCK ISLAND, IL
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Hamline University,St Norbert College
State Licensing
Illinois

Robert A. Van Vooren
(563) 324-3246
224 18TH ST ROCK ISLAND BANK BLDG
ROCK ISLAND, IL
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Marquette University,Northwestern University
State Licensing
Illinois

Courtney Maria Kay-Decker
(309) 793-9215
224 18TH ST ROCK ISLAND BANK BLDG
ROCK ISLAND, IL
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Northwestern University,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois

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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