Cover Your Legal Bases Seabrook TX

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.

Charles A. Ward
(281) 461-0300
611 Whitecap
El Lago, TX
Specialties
Business, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

Michael John Valentine
(281) 291-9765
1210 Bayport Blvd
Seabrook, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

Edward P. Oliver
(281) 334-3067
715 Clear Lake Rd
Clear Lake Shores, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Arkansas: Fayet
State Licensing
Texas

Robert L. Moran
P.O. Box 58936
Houston, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
South Texas College of Law
State Licensing
Texas

Holly Torbert Williamson
15150 MIDDLEBROOK DR
HOUSTON, TX
Specialties
Corporate, Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Litigation
Education
University of Houston Law Center,Southwest Texas State University
State Licensing
Texas

Leonard E. Cox
(281) 532-0801
2600 Nasa Road 1, Ste. 203
Seabrook, TX
Specialties
Debt Collection, Business, Insurance, Fraud, Criminal Defense, Juvenile, Probate, Family, Administrative Law, Military Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Brenda Barr Lightfoot
(281) 450-0103
Po Box 943
Seabrook, TX
Specialties
Tax, Business
Education
University of Pittsburgh
State Licensing
Texas

Donald Ashley Walker
(281) 772-5249
1012 Island View
Kemah, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
South Texas College of Law
State Licensing
Texas

Norma Jo Venso
(409) 789-8661
830 Apollo
Houston, TX
Specialties
Lawsuits & Disputes, Business, Insurance, Fraud, Employment, Elder Law, Probate, Ethics, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Sonia Michelle Mayo
(281) 218-8888
Suite 201, 1331 Gemini
Houston, TX
Specialties
Business, Fraud, Social Security, Probate, Family
Education
Pepperdine School of Law
State Licensing
Texas

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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