Cover Your Legal Bases New Orleans 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.

John J. Weigel
(504) 582-8128
201 St Charles Ave Fl 50
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Tulane University Law School,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Joseph E Friend
(504) 584-5454
LL & E Tower 909 Poydras St Ste 1500
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Banking, Corporate, Litigation
Education
Tulane University Law School,Yale University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Marc Christopher Hebert
(504) 582-8506
201 St Charles Ave Ste 5100
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Maritime, Business, Financial Markets And Services, Government, Environmental
Education
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law,Tulane University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Laura Elaine Fowler Thompson
(504) 525-7200
201 St Charles Ave Ste 3100
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Banking
Education
Tulane University Law School,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
Louisiana

Coleman Douglas Ridley Jr.
(504) 582-8724
201 St Charles Ave Fl 49
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Antitrust, Business, Litigation, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
Tulane University Law School,College of William and Mary
State Licensing
Louisiana

Joseph J. Lowenthal Jr.
(504) 582-8240
201 St Charles Ave Fl 48
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products, Employment, Health Care, Business
Education
Tulane University Law School,George Washington University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Michele Dana Allen-Hart
-52572007346
201 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial
Education
St. Thomas University School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Kent Andrew Lambert
(504) 566-5252
201 St Charles Ave Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Banking, Business, Telecommunications, Class Action
Education
Tulane University Law School,Denison University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Dawn Marie Palmisano
(504) 525-7200
201 St Charles Ave Ste 3100
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Corporate, Insurance
Education
Loyola University School of Law,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

William Pitard Wynne
(504) 582-8750
201 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Maritime, Litigation, Construction, Defective & Dangerous Products, Business
Education
Loyola University New Orleans College 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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