Cover Your Legal Bases Saint Paul MN

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 J Mcellistrem
(651) 808-6456
332 Minnesota St #W2200
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Real Estate, Banking
Education
University of California, Hastings College of the Law,University of Saint Thomas
State Licensing
Minnesota

Sarah Emily Madsen
(651) 312-6591
30 E Seventh St #2800
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Commercial
State Licensing
Minnesota

Timothy J Hassett
(651) 312-6006
444 CEDAR ST STE 2100
SAINT PAUL, MN
Specialties
Real Estate, Construction, Business
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Saint Thomas
State Licensing
Minnesota

Stephen Edward Yoch
(651) 312-6040
444 CEDAR ST STE 2100
SAINT PAUL, MN
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,Boston College
State Licensing
Minnesota

James F Christoffel
(651) 224-0244
444 CEDAR ST STE 1111
SAINT PAUL, MN
Specialties
Banking, Real Estate, Commercial
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Minnesota

Rodney J Mason
(651) 323-2548
332 Minnesota St #W-3070
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Business, International Law, Probate
State Licensing
Minnesota

Walter G. Bauch
(651) 227-0611
332 Minnesota St Ste W1100
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Family, Business, Appeals
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
State Licensing
DC, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin

Kareen R O Ecklund
(651) 312-6015
444 Cedar St Ste 2100
St. Paul, MN
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Minnesota

Walter George Bauch
332 Minnesota St, Ste W 1100
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Family, Insurance, Personal Injury, Business, Probate
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,University of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Minnesota

Harold P Levander Jr
(651) 312-6005
444 Cedar St #2100
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Employment, Corporate
Education
Harvard University Law School,Gustavus Adolphus College
State Licensing
Minnesota

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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