Cover Your Legal Bases Rosedale MD

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.

Billy Been Hwang
(410) 274-9785
3203 Juneau Place
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Landlord & Tenant, State, Local And Municipal Law, Corporate, Real Estate, Criminal Defense, Mediation, Estate Planning, Car Accident, Tax, Divorce
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,University of California, San Diego,University of Maryland Bal
State Licensing
Maryland

Alan J Booth
(410) 732-1315
3001 Elliott Street
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Construction
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Mahlon W Hessey
(410) 342-9800
SUITE 400, 3500 BOSTON ST STE 76
BALTIMORE, MD
Specialties
Corporate, Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts
Education
University of Maryland School of Law,Princeton University,University of Baltimore
State Licensing
Maryland

Anthony J. De Laurentis
(410) 534-3800
3604 Eastern Avenue, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Cornell University
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

John Edward Reid
(410) 534-3800
3604 Eastern Avenue, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Real Estate
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Colgate University,Catholic University of America, Columbus School
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Bettina T Guevara
(410) 385-3806
7214 Old Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Commercial
State Licensing
Maryland

Robert David Schulte
(410) 732-1315
3001 ELLIOTT ST
BALTIMORE, MD
Specialties
Aviation, Business, Construction, Litigation
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law
State Licensing
Maryland

Jason E Cuomo
(410) 675-7900
323 S CONKLING ST
BALTIMORE, MD
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Family, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,Towson University
State Licensing
Maryland

Gary Richard Maslan
(410) 282-2700
7508 EASTERN AVE
BALTIMORE, MD
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Corporate, Licensing, Criminal Defense
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,University of Maryland, College Park
State Licensing
Maryland

David B. Woo
(410) 235-1478
2632 N CHARLES ST STE 1
BALTIMORE, MD
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Estate Planning, Divorce, Real Estate
State Licensing
Maryland, Pennsylvania

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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