Cover Your Legal Bases Searcy AR

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.

G. Michael Millar
(501) 268-8220
401 West Center
Searcy, AR
 
Richard A. Williams
(ODD Range 401 - 499) W CAPITOL AVE
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Tax, Corporate, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
University of Texas,University of Texas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Steven A. Owings
(501) 661-9999
1320 BROOKWOOD DR STE D
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Personal Injury
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Boston Conservatory of Music
State Licensing
Arkansas

John Brodie Thurman Jr
(501) 771-4003
2500 MCCAIN BLVD STE 103
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Construction
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School,Hendrix College
State Licensing
Arkansas

Eric Berger
(479) 631-3281
903 N 47TH ST STE 101
ROGERS, AR
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products, Banking, Bankruptcy
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Arkansas State University, Jon
State Licensing
Arkansas

Terry W. Pool
(479) 973-4200
214 W. Dickson St.
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Construction
State Licensing
Arkansas

John Kooistra III
(501) 372-0800
TWENTY-SECOND FLOOR 111 CENTER ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Banking, Real Estate
Education
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center,University of Central Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Stephanie Haley Williams
(501) 221-3200
Keech Law Firm, PA, 4800 West Commercial Drive
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Bankruptcy, Chapter 7, Chapter 13
Education
Samford University
Cumberland School of Law
State Licensing
Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee

Robert E. Riley Jr.
(501) 975-3000
124 W CAPITOL AVE STE 2000
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Banking, Corporate, Financial Markets And Services
Education
University of Denver College of Law,Bentley College,Williams College
State Licensing
Arkansas

Benjamin H. Shipley III
(479) 783-8200
5401 ROGERS AVE STE 200
FORT SMITH, AR
Specialties
Employment, Business, Health Care
Education
Southern Methodist University,University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
State Licensing
Arkansas

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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