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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.

Gregory C Hansen
(503) 378-9101
570 Liberty St SE Ste 100
Salem, OR
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Elder Law
Education
University of North Dakota,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Oregon

James Van Ness
(503) 365-8800
2580 State Street
Salem, OR
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Law School : Willamette University


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Tricia M Palmer Olson
(503) 585-4422
117 COMMERCIAL ST NE
SALEM, OR
Specialties
Business, Tax, Litigation
Education
Willamette University College of Law ,Northwest Nazarene College
State Licensing
Oregon

Michael Aaron Halliday
(503) 585-2233
715 Commercial St. NE
Salem, OR
Specialties
Administrative Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business
State Licensing
Oregon

Deborah R Lush
(503) 585-4422
117 COMMERCIAL ST NE
SALEM, OR
Specialties
Employee Benefits, Tax, Business, Estate Planning, Wills
Education
Willamette University College of Law ,Point Loma Nazarene University
State Licensing
Oregon

James D Van Ness
(503) 365-8800
2580 State St
Salem, OR
Specialties
Agriculture, Banking, Federal Regulation, Business, International Law
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

David H Leonard
(503) 585-2255
605 CENTER ST NE
SALEM, OR
Specialties
Business, Agriculture, Contracts, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Western Oregon University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Theron S Covey III
(503) 585-2255
605 CENTER ST NE
SALEM, OR
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Construction
Education
California Western School of Law,Oregon State University
State Licensing
Oregon

William C Crothers Jr
(503) 378-0225
750 FRONT ST NE STE 100
SALEM, OR
Specialties
Business, Elder Law, Family, Real Estate
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Willamette University
State Licensing
Oregon

Joseph H Hobson Jr
(503) 585-2236
530 Center St Ne Ste 700
Salem, OR
Specialties
Business, Agriculture, Contracts, Environmental, Estate Planning, Real Estate
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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