Cover Your Legal Bases Oak Park MI

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.

Mark B. Berke
24901 NORTHWESTERN HWY HORIZON HERITAGE PLAZA
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Ethics, Commercial, Real Estate, Corporate, Business
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Terrance A. Hiller Jr.
(248) 351-8364
25800 NORTHWESTERN HWY STE 950
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Commercial, Real Estate
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Gordon S. Gold
2000 TOWN CTR STE 1500
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Commercial, Family, White Collar Crime, Employment
Education
University of Michigan Law School,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Megan B. Odell
(248) 351-8373
25800 NORTHWESTERN HWY STE 950
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Commercial, Real Estate
Education
Syracuse University College of Law,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Morton H. Collins
4000 TOWN CTR STE 909
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Ethics, Defective & Dangerous Products, Commercial, Real Estate, Class Action
Education
Wayne State University,Wayne State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Harold R. Oseff
(248) 353-7620
2000 TOWN CTR STE 1500
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Tax, Employee Benefits, Corporate, Probate, Estate Planning
Education
University of Michigan,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

David Lafarga
(248) 746-2710
25800 NORTHWESTERN HWY MACCABEES
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Defective & Dangerous Products, Immigration, Business
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,Seton Hall University
State Licensing
Michigan

Matthew M. Jakubowski
1000 TOWN CTR 1000 PRUDENTIAL TOWN CTR
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Litigation, Intellectual Property, Commercial, Business, Patent Application
Education
Wayne State University,Wayne State University,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Matthew Lee Frey
24901 NORTHWESTERN HWY HORIZON HERITAGE PLAZA
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes, Commercial, Business
State Licensing
Michigan

Bradley F. Scobel
2000 TOWN CTR STE 1500
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Real Estate, Financial Markets And Services, Business, Construction
Education
Wayne State University Law School
State Licensing
Michigan

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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