Cover Your Legal Bases New Castle DE

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.

Jeffrey M Schlerf
(302) 622-4212
919 N. MARKET STREET, STE 1600, P.O. BOX 2323
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Chapter 11, Commercial, Mediation
State Licensing
Delaware

Collins J Seitz Jr.
(302) 888-6278
1007 North Orange Street, P.O. Box 2207
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Business, Intellectual Property
Education
Villanova University School of Law,University of Delaware
State Licensing
Delaware

Josette F Spivak
(215) 320-2098
1201 N. ORANGE ST., STE.730
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Appeals
State Licensing
Delaware

Gary H Kaplan
(302) 552-4321
1220 N. MARKET STREET, 4TH FL, P.O. BOX 8888
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Commercial
State Licensing
Delaware

Chandra J Rudloff
(302) 467-4226
1100 NORTH MARKET STREET, SUITE 1000
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Discrimination
State Licensing
Delaware

William M Aukamp
(302) 777-4350
300 Delaware Avenue Suite 1370
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Banking, Corporate
Education
Cornell Law School,Lafayette College
State Licensing
Delaware, New York

Mark M Billion
(302) 652-4100
919 N. MARKET STREET, STE 1600, P.O. BOX 8705
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Advertising
State Licensing
Delaware

Dawn M Jones
(302) 984-6095
1313 NORTH MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX 951
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Business, Administrative Law, Litigation
State Licensing
Delaware

James M Geddes
(302) 654-1888
500 Delaware Avenue, P.O. BOX 1150
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Commercial
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,American Graduate School of International
State Licensing
Delaware

Kevin F Brady
(302) 888-6257
Connolly Bove Et Al, 1007 N Orange St
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Corporate, Insurance
Education
Widener University School of Law,University of Delaware,Widener University
State Licensing
Delaware, Pennsylvania

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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