Cover Your Legal Bases Pierre SD

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.

Ronald D. Olinger
(605) 224-8851
117 East Capitol Avenue, P.O. Box 66
Pierre, SD
 
John S. Lovald
(605) 224-8851
117 East Capitol Avenue, P.O. Box 66
Pierre, SD
 
George Preston Callison Jr
(864) 223-8111
P.O. Box 3208
Greenwood, SD
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Litigation, Insurance, Government
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Clemson University,Florida State University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Spencer Carl Mosness
(605) 343-2410
704 St Joseph St, Po Box 290
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Fraud, Probate, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Education
South Texas College Of Law
State Licensing
Texas

Susan June Lea
(510) 599-5070
3700 S Westport Ave #4119
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Business
Education
U of San Francisco SOL,Univ of California Berkeley,University of California, Berkeley,State Universi
State Licensing
California

Jerry L. Wattier
(605) 224-5825
Professional & Executive Building, 319 South Coteau Street, P.O. Box 28
Pierre, SD
 
Gregory Phillip Grajczyk
(605) 432-6801
301 S Main St, P.O. Box 68
Milbank, SD
Specialties
Chapter 7, Divorce, Criminal Defense, Business, Personal Injury, General Practice
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas

Neal B Christensen
(720) 308-7572
603 N River St
Hot Springs, SD
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Washington

Gregory M Huckabee
(605) 677-5536
2008 Augusta Dr
Vermillion, SD
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Ethics, International Law
State Licensing
Washington

Edward Scott Sanders
(864) 242-0900
1151 E. Washington St.
Greenville, SD
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Debt Collection
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
South Carolina

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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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