Cover Your Legal Bases Pickens SC

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.

Daniel E. Hunt
(864) 859-7127
401 E. First Ave., Ste. A
Easley, SC
Specialties
Car Accident, Workers Compensation, Family, Criminal Defense, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Clemson University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Carol June Moore
(864) 248-8763
15 S Main St
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business
Education
Harvard Univ Law School,Harvard Univ
State Licensing
California

John Martin Jennings
(864) 250-2207
Poinsett Plaza 104 S. Main Street, Suite 900
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, International Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
State Licensing
Illinois

Neil Estridge Grayson
(864) 250-2235
Poinsett Plaza, 104 S. Main Street, Suite 900
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings
Education
University of South Carolina
State Licensing
Georgia

Mary A. Giorgi
(864) 271-9580
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Insurance
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,North Carolina State University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Ronnie Lee Smith
(864) 855-1661
P.O. Box 1207
Easley, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Furman University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Paul D. Greene
(864) 271-9580
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Ethics
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,University of the South
State Licensing
South Carolina

R. H. Grubbs
(864) 255-5413
PO Box 10208
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Antitrust
State Licensing
North Carolina

Adam C. Bach
(864) 271-5434
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Furman University
State Licensing
South Carolina

W. Howard Boyd Jr.
(864) 271-5343
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Class Action, Health Care, Construction
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Davidson College
State Licensing
South Carolina

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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