Cover Your Legal Bases Portland OR

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.

Jonathan A Bennett
(503) 224-6440
851 SW 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR
Specialties
Real Estate, Construction, Business
Education
University of Oregon School of Law,University of Oregon
State Licensing
Oregon

Benjamin G Lenhart
(503) 778-2100
601 SW 2ND AVE STE 2100
PORTLAND, OR
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings, Corporate, Debt Agreements, Venture Capital
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,Whitman College
State Licensing
Oregon

Marc A Johnston
(503) 546-3167
One SW Columbia, Suite 1850
Portland, OR
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Insurance, Wrongful Death, Construction
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law
State Licensing
Oregon

J David Zehntbauer
(503) 224-6440
851 SW 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Business, Construction
Education
Willamette University College of Law,University of California - Santa Barbara,Willamette University,
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Christine Uri
(503) 802-2122
888 Sw 5th Ave Ste 1600
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Corporate, General Practice
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Daniel J Drazan
(503) 224-6440
851 Sw 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR
Specialties
Commercial, Entertainment, Agriculture
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Lewis & Clark College
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Richard K Hansen
(503) 796-2958
PACWEST CENTER 1211 SW 5TH AVE STE 1900
PORTLAND, OR
Specialties
Business, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College,Portland State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Timothy F Haslach
(503) 796-3771
PacWest Center, 1211 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900
Portland, OR
Specialties
Franchising, Business, Family, Intellectual Property
Education
Santa Clara University School of Law,Santa Clara University
State Licensing
Oregon

Dean T. Sandow
(503) 228-6044
121 Sw Morrison St Ste 600
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Pacific Union College
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Kyle J Stinchfield
(503) 224-6440
851 Sw 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR
Specialties
Tax, Corporate
Education
New York University School of Law,University of Oregon School of Law,University of Oregon,University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

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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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