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

David P Roy
(503) 224-5560
805 SW BROADWAY STE 1900
PORTLAND, OR
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
Education
Harvard University Law School,Washington State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Andrew E Combs
(541) 267-2156
444 N 4TH ST
COOS BAY, OR
Specialties
Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Litigation
Education
University of Oregon School of Law,University of Oregon
State Licensing
Oregon

June M Wiyrick Flores
(503) 226-8432
1331 Nw Lovejoy St Ste 900
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Estate Planning, Guardianship
State Licensing
Washington

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

Gregory E Harris
(503) 293-0073
One Lincoln Center Ste 530, 10300 Sw Greenburg Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Anita Gluck Manishan
(503) 242-1162
520 Sw Yamhill St Ste 420
Portland, OR
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business
State Licensing
Washington

Abra Cooper
(503) 796-7463
1211 SW 5th Ave Ste 1900
Portland, OR
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Oregon

David E Dean
(503) 241-0570
1211 SW 5th Ave Ste 1100
Portland, OR
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Oregon

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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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