Cover Your Legal Bases Ogdensburg NY

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.

Stephen Wallace Gebo
2 JUDSON ST
CANTON, NY
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Civil Rights
Education
Cornell University,Hamilton College,Hamilton College
State Licensing
New York

John Kevin Collins
(212) 813-8809
44 Court St
Canton, NY
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Business, Licensing
State Licensing
New York

Sean O'Malley
(212) 813-8831
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
State Licensing
New York

Robert Barron Dietz
(845) 452-4000
2 CANNON ST STE 207
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
Specialties
General Practice, Trusts, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Education
Cornell Law School,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
New York

Teresa Horboon Chan
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
Specialties
Corporate, Bankruptcy
Education
University of Toronto,Queen's University
State Licensing
New York

Addie Ann Elizabeth Jenne
2 JUDSON ST
CANTON, NY
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Guardianship, Education
Education
Syracuse University College of Law,University at Albany
State Licensing
New York

M. Bradford Stein
1 LIBERTY PLZ
NEW YORK, NY
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Commercial, Litigation, Appeals
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Dartmouth College,Catholic University of America
State Licensing
New York

Andrew Seth Harris
26 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, NY
Specialties
Commercial, Telecommunications, Antitrust
Education
Stanford Law School,Columbia University,Dartmouth College
State Licensing
New York

Glenn Allan Jacobson
1 BATTERY PARK PLZ LBBY 4
NEW YORK, NY
Specialties
Insurance, Native Peoples Law, Defective & Dangerous Products, Construction, Business
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,American University
State Licensing
New York

Courtney Melissa Merriman
(315) 425-2700
300 South State Street
Syracuse, NY
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Residential
State Licensing
New York

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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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