Cover Your Legal Bases Renton 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.

Cynthia D Stewart
(425) 255-4542
100 Evergreen Building, Po Box 90
Renton, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Family
State Licensing
Washington

Thuong-Tri Nguyen
(206) 772-4621
879 RAINIER AVE N STE A106
RENTON, WA
Specialties
Family, Real Estate, Business, Immigration, General Practice
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,University of Chicago
State Licensing
Washington

Jean Barr Jorgensen
(425) 235-4800
337 Park Ave N
Renton, WA
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Employment, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Washington

Daniel French Clawson
108A LOGAN AVE S
RENTON, WA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Chapter 11, Construction, Probate, Business
Education
University of Puget Sound School of Law,California State College
State Licensing
Washington

Matthew T Longhurst
(425) 255-5945
15 S Grady Way Ste 433
Renton, WA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, International Law, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Jon Bial
(503) 598-3034
237 Logan Ave S Apt 201
Renton, WA
Specialties
Business, Tax, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Washington

Boyd F. Buckingham JR
(425) 228-6662
321 Burnett Ave S Ste 200
Renton, WA
Specialties
Business, Family, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Washington

Alitha Elena Leon Jenkins
(425) 525-3989
1801 Lind Ave Sw Ste 9016
Renton, WA
Specialties
Health Care, Business, Contracts
State Licensing
Washington

Kameron Counts Cayce
(425) 255-0603
405 S 4th St, Po Box 798
Renton, WA
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Business, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Washington

Toussaint L. Myricks
(206) 388-3666
Po Box 1358
Renton, WA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Trademark Application
State Licensing
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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