Cover Your Legal Bases Potomac MD

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.

William F Gibson II
(301) 255-0540
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Real Estate, Construction, Lawsuits & Disputes
Education
Hofstra University School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Adam Lang Vangrack
(301) 255-0558
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Appeals, Environmental
Education
Washington University School of Law,Washington University in St. Louis
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Marc E Pasekoff
(301) 230-5252
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
DC, Maryland, Virginia

Walter Ottesen
(301) 983-2500
10220 River Road, Suite 200
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business
State Licensing
New York

Stephen Ari Metz
(301) 230-6564
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Corporate, Bankruptcy, Litigation, Business, Real Estate
Education
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law,University of Maryland
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Matthew David Alegi
(301) 230-6574
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Residential, Commercial, Real Estate, International Law, Lawsuits & Disputes
Education
Catholic University of America, School of Law,Lakeland College
State Licensing
Maryland

John Darren Sadler
(301) 230-5259
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Employment, Construction, Commercial, Government Contracts
Education
American University, Washington College of Law,University of Maryland
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Christiane Erna-Maria Sorel
(301) 299-1838
10000 FALLS RD STE 204
POTOMAC, MD
Specialties
Business, Family, Estate Planning, International Law, Personal Injury
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Yale University
State Licensing
Maryland

Lawrence A Shulman
(301) 230-5201
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Government
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Georgetown University
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

David Myers
11700 Le Havre Dr
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Business
Education
American U Washington COL,Univ of Maryland
State Licensing
California

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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