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

Nicholas Anthony Franke
(314) 333-3916
1 N Brentwood Blvd Ste 1000
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Commercial
Education
Washington Univ SOL,Missouri State Univ
State Licensing
California

Kurt D. Breeze
(636) 931-3682
610 Collins Ave
Festus, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

Leonard D. Vines
(314) 516-2602
10 South Broadway, Suite 2000
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Franchising, Business, Corporate
Education
Washington University School of Law,University of Illinois
State Licensing
Missouri

Timothy Carl Hodits
(314) 480-1867
5630 Pershing Ave., #30
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Litigation, 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

Christine Gould Hamm
(816) 283-4626
Ste 1000, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Business, Administrative Law, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

Kisuk Lee
(314) 446-7688
1566 Foxham Dr.
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products
State Licensing
Missouri

Jonathan Wade Davis
(913) 888-1000
Suite 900, 2300 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Missouri

James J. Virtel
(314) 612-2298
One Metropolitan Square, Ste. 2600, 211 North Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Class Action, Defective & Dangerous Products, Business, Litigation
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Illinois, 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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