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.

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

Mandy J. Hobson
(314) 241-9090
10 South Broadway, #2000
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Commercial
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Creighton University
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Dan Kenneth Erdel
(573) 581-5280
100 N. Jefferson
Mexico, MO
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Commercial
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Detlef Gunter Lehnardt
(816) 407-1400
20 Westwoods Drive
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Antitrust, Business, Real Estate
State Licensing
Missouri

John J. Mohan Jr
(314) 880-3614
34 N. Meramec, Ste. 600
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

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

William J. Lasley
(417) 358-2127
130 W. 4th St., P.O. Box 272
Carthage, MO
Specialties
General Practice, Workers Compensation, Business, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

Charles William Pauly Jr.
(417) 358-4049
517 S. Main, P.O. Box 409
Carthage, MO
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Commercial, Construction
Education
University of Tulsa College of Law,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Missouri

Angela Lynn Nadler
(816) 374-3221
1200 Main S
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Government Contracts, White Collar Crime, Corporate, Securities Offerings
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,William Jewell College
State Licensing
Kansas

Gregory Robert Beekman
(314) 444-7684
Suite 2000, 500 N. Broadway
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Education
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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