Cover Your Legal Bases Ooltewah TN

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.

Bob Edward Lype
(423) 499-0705
6181 VANCE RD
CHATTANOOGA, TN
Specialties
Employment, Employee Benefits, Business, Appeals
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,East Tennessee State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Scott Raymond Maucere
(423) 400-1449
2125 Hickory Valley Road
Chattanooag, TN
Specialties
Business, International Law, Litigation
Education
Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Georgia, Tennessee

John O. Wiggins
(706) 935-3971
7723 NASHVILLE ST
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
General Practice, Criminal Defense, Corporate, Real Estate, Probate
State Licensing
Georgia

Christopher Chad Young
7731 NASHVILLE ST
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Civil Rights, Litigation, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,University of Georgia, Athens
State Licensing
Georgia, Tennessee

Jonathan L. Bledsoe
(706) 259-2586
110 BATTLEFIELD CROSSING CT
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Medical Malpractice
Education
Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University,Mercer University
State Licensing
Georgia

Benjamin Paul Harper
(423) 757-5919
2030 Hamilton Place Blvd., Suite 150
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Litigation
Education
University of Georgia, Athens
State Licensing
Georgia, Tennessee

Martin L. Pierce
(423) 648-4303
4513 Hixson Pike Suite 109
Hixson, TN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Tax, Real Estate, Probate, Business, Contracts, Corporate, Employee Benefits, Guardianship, LLC
Education
Tennessee Technological University,Memphis State University/University of Memphis
State Licensing
Georgia, Tennessee

William F. Jourdain
(706) 259-2586
110 BATTLEFIELD CROSSING CT
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Health Care, Litigation, Business
Education
Furman University,Mercer University
State Licensing
Georgia

Elizabeth Morgan Wheeler
(706) 259-2586
110 BATTLEFIELD CROSSING CT
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Wills, Adoption, Corporate
Education
Georgia Institute of Technology
State Licensing
Georgia

Kenneth L. Mishoe IV
(706) 259-2586
110 BATTLEFIELD CROSSING CT
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Commercial, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,Drake University,Drake University
State Licensing
Georgia

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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