Cover Your Legal Bases Puyallup WA

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.

Christopher M Alston
(253) 848-6884
13541 118th St E
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Construction, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Washington

Boyd Scott Wiley
(253) 848-3513
317 MERIDIAN ST S
PUYALLUP, WA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Car Accident, Defective & Dangerous Products, Litigation, Business
Education
University of Puget Sound School of Law,University of Puget Sound School of Law,University of Idaho,
State Licensing
Washington

Lawrence Ethan Nelson
(253) 845-8895
420 N Meridian Ste B, Po Box 217
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Probate, General Practice
Education
University of Puget Sound School of Law,University of Puget Sound
State Licensing
Washington

Talis Merle Abolins
317 MERIDIAN ST S
PUYALLUP, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Litigation, Personal Injury, Appeals
Education
University of Puget Sound School of Law,University of Washington -Seattle
State Licensing
Washington

Hollis Herman Barnett
(253) 848-3513
317 Meridian S
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Gonzaga Law School,Seattle University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Bryce Haggard Dille
317 MERIDIAN ST S
PUYALLUP, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Construction, Health Care, Estate Planning
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law,University of Washington -Seattle
State Licensing
Washington

Thomas Alan Baldwin JR
802 39TH AVE SW
PUYALLUP, WA
Specialties
Aviation, Business, Administrative Law, Real Estate
State Licensing
Washington

Shannon R Jones
(253) 848-3513
317 MERIDIAN ST S
PUYALLUP, WA
Specialties
Business, Fraud, Litigation
Education
Seattle University School of Law,University of Colorado - Boulder
State Licensing
Washington

Adam Takeo Birnbaum
(253) 864-6540
112 W Meeker
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Business
State Licensing
Washington

Bradley Tony Branson
(253) 200-2288
205 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Business, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

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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