Cover Your Legal Bases Natchitoches LA

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.

Otis Edwin Dunahoe Jr.
(318) 352-1999
402 Second Street
Natchitoches, LA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Car Accident, Wrongful Death, Defective & Dangerous Products, Business
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Northwestern State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Pamela Ann Baxter
(225) 389-3761
301 Main St Ste 1800
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Intellectual Property
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law
State Licensing
Louisiana

William B. Gaudet
(504) 581-3234
701 Poydras St Ste 4500
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Class Action, Litigation, Business, Health Care
Education
Tulane University
State Licensing
Louisiana, Texas

Mark LeRay McNamara
(504) 556-4166
701 Poydras St Ste 5000
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Energy, Environmental, Litigation, Aviation, Business
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law,University of Dallas
State Licensing
Louisiana

Dana Marie Douglas
(504) 556-4097
701 Poydras St Ste 5000
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Energy, Litigation
Education
Miami University,Loyola University School of Law
State Licensing
Louisiana

Jared Ryan Dunahoe
(318) 352-1999
402 Second Street
Natchitoches, LA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Car Accident, Business, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death
Education
Southern University Law Center,Northwestern State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Karen Marie Dicke
(504) 812-5742
869 Taft Pl
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Insurance, Employment, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Anne Derbes Wittmann
(504) 566-5286
201 St Charles Ave Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Energy, Litigation, Business, Defective & Dangerous Products, Transportation
Education
Loyola University School of Law,Loyola University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Sean Patrick Mount
(504) 836-6500
1 Galleria Blvd Ste 1400
Metairie, LA
Specialties
Appeals, Car Accident, Litigation, Business, Workers Compensation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Ashley Miller Scott
(504) 527-6226
650 Poydras St Ste 2315
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Nursing Home Abuse, Corporate, Litigation, Medical Malpractice
Education
Loyola University School of Law,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

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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