Cover Your Legal Bases New Canaan CT

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.

Michael Nedder
(203) 966-9583
25 SOUTH AVE
NEW CANAAN, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Real Estate, Business, Tax
Education
Fordham University School of Law,Fairfield University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Mark J Fox
(800) 369-9529
125 ELM ST
NEW CANAAN, CT
Specialties
Personal Injury, Insurance, Litigation, Real Estate, Business
State Licensing
Connecticut

Michael P Murray
(203) 966-1492
65 LOCUST AVE STE 301
NEW CANAAN, CT
Specialties
Residential, Commercial, Financial Markets And Services, Corporate
Education
Fordham University School of Law,Villanova University
State Licensing
Connecticut

David W Stergas
(203) 846-9585
25 BELDEN AVE
NORWALK, CT
Specialties
Corporate, Real Estate, Commercial, Residential, Estate Planning
Education
New York University School of Law,University of Mississippi School of Law,Mississippi State Universi
State Licensing
Connecticut

Patricia C Moran
(203) 866-4646
111 EAST AVE NEMORE BLDG
NORWALK, CT
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Family, Real Estate, Employment
Education
Saint John's University School of Law,College of New Rochelle
State Licensing
Connecticut

Michael J Franco
(203) 972-7339
125 ELM ST
NEW CANAAN, CT
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Estate Planning, Construction, Land Use & Zoning
Education
Vermont Law School,Merrimack College
State Licensing
Connecticut

Lawrence S Mannix
(203) 966-9583
25 SOUTH AVE
NEW CANAAN, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Real Estate, Business, Tax
Education
Boston University School of Law,College of the Holy Cross,Catholic University of America
State Licensing
Connecticut

Carl Ferraro
(203) 866-6503
16 RIVER ST ST JOHN RIVER VIEW BLDG
NORWALK, CT
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Business, Criminal Defense
State Licensing
Connecticut

Gregory S Kimmel
(203) 853-7997
9 MORGAN AVE
NORWALK, CT
Specialties
Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Criminal Defense, Family, Estate Planning, Employment, Business
Education
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law,Sacred Heart University,University of Rhod
State Licensing
Connecticut

Maryann D Lally
(203) 762-9000
190 OLD RIDGEFIELD RD
WILTON, CT
Specialties
Residential, Commercial, Land Use & Zoning
Education
Pace University School of Law,Lafayette College
State Licensing
Connecticut

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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