Cover Your Legal Bases Prineville 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.

Jeffrey M Wilson
(877) 220-5858
446 NW 3RD ST STE 230
PRINEVILLE, OR
Specialties
Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Business
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law ,University of Oregon
State Licensing
Oregon

Ronald L Bryant
(541) 548-2151
Po Box 457
Redmond, OR
Specialties
Health Care, Contracts, Corporate, Estate Planning, General Practice, Government, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Tanith Leigh Balaban
(503) 222-1075
1637 SE Main Street
Portland, OR
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Internet
State Licensing
Oregon

Justin D Leonard
(503) 228-2525
101 SW Main Street, Suite 1100
Portland, OR
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Insurance, Business, Litigation
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,Stanford University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

John D Bayless
(503) 656-3200
16223 S Holcomb Blvd
Oregon City, OR
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
State Licensing
Oregon

Sue O Hagerty
(541) 977-5274
8800 Nw 31st St
Terrebonne, OR
Specialties
Business, Tax, Estate Planning, Elder Law
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Nicholas J Henderson
(503) 417-0500
117 SW Taylor St Ste 200
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Oregon

Martin Leuenberger
(541) 523-6535
1650 Dewey Avenue
Baker City, OR
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Family, Criminal Defense
Education
University of Oregon School of Law,Oregon State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Stephen John Klarquist
(503) 248-0300
215 Sw Washington St Ste 300
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Tax, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Washington

Alan L Pasternack
(503) 778-2167
601 SW 2nd Ave Ste 2100
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Tax, Real Estate
Education
Cornell Law School,Colgate University,Golden Gate University
State Licensing
DC, New York, Oregon

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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