Cover Your Legal Bases Sedalia MO

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.

Stanley Brian Cox
(660) 826-5488
202 W. 4th St.
Sedalia, MO
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,Central Missouri State University
State Licensing
Missouri

Randell D. Wallace
(417) 877-5901
1845 S. National, Po Box 4288
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Business, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate
State Licensing
Missouri

Kenton Errol Snow
(816) 460-5511
Suite 2800, 2345 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Advertising
State Licensing
Missouri

David Roy Buchanan
(816) 472-0800
1900 City Center Sq., 1100 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Appeals, Commercial, Fraud
State Licensing
Missouri

Paul M. Hoffmann
(816) 691-2746
1201 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Chapter 7, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

Daniel Jeremiah Baker
(660) 826-5488
202 West Fourth Street
Sedalia, MO
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Family, Workers Compensation, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Regent University School of Law,Missouri Baptist College
State Licensing
Missouri

Kalpesh Joitabhai Patel
(816) 533-7664
315 W Kansas
Independence, MO
Specialties
Family, Criminal Defense, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

Marc Alan Russell
(816) 753-9200
Suite 300, 4510 Belleview
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
State Licensing
Missouri

Timothy S. Frets
(816) 941-7600
903 E. 104th Street, Ste. 610
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Commercial
Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law,Drury University
State Licensing
Missouri

Kim B. Blankenship
(314) 965-3900
9800 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Probate, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

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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