Cover Your Legal Bases Romeoville IL

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.

Michael Scott Hopkins
(815) 726-4311
1415 Black Road
Joliet, IL
Specialties
Personal Injury, Commercial, Litigation
State Licensing
Illinois

Daniel Joseph Adler
1616 W JEFFERSON ST
JOLIET, IL
Specialties
Business
Education
College of Law at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign,University of Notre Dame in South B
State Licensing
Illinois

Michael Robert Stiff
(815) 726-4311
1415 Black Road
Joliet, IL
Specialties
Personal Injury, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Illinois

Scott D. Hammer
16 W VAN BUREN ST
JOLIET, IL
Specialties
Insurance, Litigation, Corporate, Ethics
Education
Georgetown University
State Licensing
Illinois

Gary K. Davidson
(815) 723-0628
58 E. Clinton Street Suite 200
Joliet, IL
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Landlord & Tenant, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation
Education
Northern Illinois U
State Licensing
Illinois, Wisconsin

Robert S. Krockey
3100 THEODORE ST STE 101
JOLIET, IL
Specialties
Corporate, Probate, Trusts, Real Estate, Banking
Education
DePaul University,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
State Licensing
Illinois

Robert A. Wolz
(815) 730-9500
822 Infantry Drive, Suite 100
Joliet, IL
Specialties
Business, Employee Benefits, Trusts
State Licensing
Illinois

James Anderson Murphy
822 INFANTRY DR STE 100
JOLIET, IL
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, State, Local And Municipal Law, Personal Injury, Construction
State Licensing
Illinois

James Franklin Best
(815) 740-1500
12 W CASS ST
JOLIET, IL
Specialties
Business, Fraud, Litigation, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
Drake University,Drake University
State Licensing
Illinois

Sean David Brady
822 INFANTRY DR STE 100
JOLIET, IL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Business, Corporate, Real Estate
Education
University of Illinois College of Law,Eastern Illinois University
State Licensing
Illinois

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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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