Cover Your Legal Bases Olive Branch MS

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.

Lisa Ann Schiffman
(901) 434-8584
Fedex Express, Btg - Legal, 3620 Hacks Cross Road, Bldg. B, 3rd Fl.
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

R. Layne Holley
(901) 759-3489
9032 STONE WALK PL
GERMANTOWN, TN
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Insurance, Wills, Probate
Education
University of Memphis,University of Memphis,Middle Tennessee State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Russell G. Webb
(901) 219-0115
1794 Kimbrough Rd
Germantown, TN
Specialties
Corporate, Real Estate
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Western Michigan University
State Licensing
Michigan, Tennessee

Michael David Kaplan
(901) 866-5326
6060 POPLAR AVE STE 140
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Commercial, Financial Markets And Services, Litigation, Corporate, Employment
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Tennessee

Tara Marie Ryan
(901) 260-5179
6000 POPLAR AVE STE 400
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Immigration, Probate, Business
Education
University of Memphis ,University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
State Licensing
Tennessee

Robert R. Ross
(901) 434-8369
3620 Hacks Cross Rd, Bldg B--2nd Floor
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Arkansas: Fayet
State Licensing
Texas

Richard Lee Rikard
(901) 754-9935
7515 CORPORATE CENTER DR
GERMANTOWN, TN
Specialties
Business, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Social Security
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ,University of Memphis
State Licensing
Tennessee

Donald A. Malmo
(901) 577-2200
6750 Poplar Ave Ste 300
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Tax, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
VANDERBILT
State Licensing
Tennessee

James G. Molitor Lenschau
(901) 522-9000
6410 Poplar Ave Ste 1000
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Commercial, Financial Markets And Services, Business
Education
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law,University of California
State Licensing
Tennessee

Gregg Clyde Gumbert
(901) 680-7307
6075 POPLAR AVE STE 500
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Debt Agreements, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Emory University School of Law ,Kenyon College
State Licensing
Tennessee

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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