Cover Your Legal Bases Richmond VA

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.

Stacy Marie Colvin
(804) 788-8379
951 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Appeals
State Licensing
Virginia

Joan Bellefield Davis
(804) 264-8832
1805 Monument Avenue Suite 605
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Contracts, Business, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Virginia

Leslie Ann Skiba
(804) 423-7921
2407 Kensington Ave.
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Commercial
Education
Washington & Lee University
State Licensing
Georgia

Stephen Craig Conte
(804) 782-1111
300 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Commercial, Residential, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Virginia

James Christopher Cosby
(804) 237-8820
P. O. Box 561
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Real Estate
State Licensing
Virginia

Douglas Scott
(804) 257-9860
1805 Monument Ave., Ste. 311, The Lee Circle
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Business
State Licensing
North Carolina

Stuart W. Settle
(804) 359-9027
511 North Boulevard, Suite 8
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Corporate, Investment Fraud, International Law
Education
Harvard University Law School,United States Naval Academy
State Licensing
Virginia

Melanie Marguerite Lee
(804) 204-1500
1809 W MAIN ST STE 201
RICHMOND, VA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning
Education
Washington and Lee School of Law,Howard University
State Licensing
Maryland, Virginia

Raymond Paul Childress Jr.
(804) 783-6806
11 South 12th Street 5th Floor, P.O Box 1463
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment
State Licensing
Virginia

Cameron Scott Matheson
(804) 916-7126
Po Box 2499
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Litigation, Advertising, Commercial
State Licensing
Virginia

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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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