Cover Your Legal Bases Saugus MA

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.

Christine A Perrone-Wilson
(617) 570-3925
1 ATHERTON ST
SAUGUS, MA
Specialties
Business
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Annalisa Avola
(339) 224-1949
441 Main Street, Suite 201
Melrose, MA
Specialties
Divorce, Landlord & Tenant, Child Custody, Wills, Corporate
Education
Southern New England School of Law
University of Massachsetts Boston
State Licensing
Connecticut, Massachusetts

Anna Shapiro
(339) 298-2300
946 MAIN ST
MELROSE, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Corporate, General Practice
Education
Massachusetts School of Law at Andover,Northeastern University,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Carl D Goodman
(781) 639-8100
152 Lynnway - Suite 1E
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Commercial, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Residential, Contracts
Education
Suffolk University Law School,University of New Hampshire
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Alexander Paul Cloherty
(781) 599-5099
156 BROAD ST STE 201
LYNN, MA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Employment, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Helen G. Litsas
(781) 231-8090
38 MAIN ST
SAUGUS, MA
Specialties
Litigation, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Business, Contracts
Education
Suffolk University Law School,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Annalisa Avola
(339) 224-1949
441 Main Street, Suite 201
Melrose, MA
Specialties
Divorce, Landlord & Tenant, Child Custody, Wills, Corporate
Education
Southern New England School of Law,University of Massachsetts Boston
State Licensing
Connecticut, Massachusetts

William Whittenberg Jr.
(781) 246-3030
401 EDGEWATER PL STE 140
WAKEFIELD, MA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Family
Education
Boston University School of Law,Suffolk University Law School,Colby College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Richard T Connors
(781) 593-4146
9 LYNNFIELD ST
LYNN, MA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Commercial, Landlord & Tenant
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Edward L Manchur
(781) 246-3030
401 EDGEWATER PL STE 140
WAKEFIELD, MA
Specialties
Business
Education
New York University School of Law,Northeastern University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Massachusetts

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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