Cover Your Legal Bases Portland ME

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.

Clare Tully
(207) 228-7148
100 Middle Street, West Tower, PO Box 9729
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Michigan Law School,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Maine

Nathaniel R. Hull
(207) 253-4726
25 Granite St., #1
Portland, ME
Specialties
Tax, Commercial
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Joel T. Shaw
(207) 228-7308
100 Middle Street, PO Box 9729
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business, Financial Markets And Services, Securities Offerings
Education
Franklin Pierce Law Center,Boston College
State Licensing
Maine

James Michael Mason
(207) 619-1945
PO Box 5218
Portland, ME
Specialties
Landlord & Tenant, Litigation, Criminal Defense, Business
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,College of Charleston,Duke University
State Licensing
Maine, North Carolina

David Sam Anderson
(207) 774-1200
100 Middle Street
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business
Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden,University of New Hampshire
State Licensing
Maine

Richard J Abbondanza
(207) 772-5845
511 CONGRESS ST STE 801
PORTLAND, ME
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Education
Amherst College,Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
State Licensing
DC, Maine

Nathaniel R. Hull
(207) 253-4726
25 Granite St., #1
Portland, ME
Specialties
Tax, Commercial
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Jessica Ann Lewis
(207) 228-7117
100 Middle Street, West Tower, PO Box 9729
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business
Education
Duquesne University School of Law,Bowdoin College
State Licensing
Maine

Leonard M. Nelson
(207) 774-1200
100 Middle Street, West Tower, PO Box 9729
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
Harvard University Law School,Harvard College
State Licensing
Maine

Margaret Minister O'Keefe
(207) 791-1340
One Monument Square
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business, Intellectual Property, Antitrust
State Licensing
DC

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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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