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.

Delia A Clark
(302) 778-1200
300 DELAWARE AVENUE, SUITE 1015
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Commercial, Appeals, Advertising
State Licensing
Delaware

Frederick H Altergott
(302) 984-6026
1313 NORTH MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX 951
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Administrative Law
State Licensing
Delaware

J. Breck Smith
(302) 622-4208
919 N. MARKET STREET, STE.1300, P.O. BOX 2323
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Business, Real Estate
Education
Dartmouth College
State Licensing
Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania

John V Fiorella
(302) 777-4350
300 Delaware Avenue Suite 1370
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Franchising, Litigation, Corporate, Bankruptcy
Education
University of Pennsylvania Law School,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Delaware, New Jersey

Ryan W Browning
(302) 984-6127
1313 N. MARKET STREET, 6TH FLOOR
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Administrative Law, Business, Litigation
State Licensing
Delaware

Kathleen Jennings
(302) 467-4220
1100 NORTH MARKET STREET, SUITE 1000
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime, Commercial
State Licensing
Delaware

Ian C Bifferato
(302) 429-0907
800 N. KING STREET, P.O. BOX 2165
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Business
Education
Widener University School of Law,University of Delaware
State Licensing
Delaware

Sally E Veghte
(302) 552-5503
919 NORTH MARKET, SUITE 1000
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Chapter 7
State Licensing
Delaware

Joseph H Huston Jr.
(302) 425-3310
1105 NORTH MARKET STREET, 7TH FLOOR
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Commercial
State Licensing
Delaware

Christine T Diguglielmo
(302) 656-6600
1201 N. Market Street, Suite 1402
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Corporate
Education
University of Pennsylvania Law School,Brown University
State Licensing
Delaware

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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