Cover Your Legal Bases Sedro Woolley WA

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.

Patrick Michael Hayden
(360) 855-1811
Po Box 454
Sedro Woolley, WA
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Contracts, Corporate, Environmental, Government, Construction, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Paul William Taylor
(360) 416-6900
20388 ERIC ST
MOUNT VERNON, WA
Specialties
Litigation, Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Business, Construction
Education
Arizona State University,Arizona State University,United States Air Force Academy
State Licensing
Washington

Matthew T. Halliday
(360) 630-0309
Po Box 1729
Mount Vernon, WA
Specialties
Health Care, Business, Employment
State Licensing
Washington

Francis Betz
(360) 336-6505
904 S 3rd St
Mount Vernon, WA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Estate Planning, General Practice, Real Estate
State Licensing
Washington

Brian Edward Clark
227 FREEWAY DR STE B
MOUNT VERNON, WA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Business, Commercial, Real Estate
Education
University of Puget Sound School of Law,Washington State University
State Licensing
Washington

John Russel Shultz
(360) 404-2017
160 Cascade Pl Ste 211
Burlington, WA
Specialties
Corporate, Insurance, Personal Injury, Construction
State Licensing
Washington

Rachelle Marie Eason
416 MAIN ST
MOUNT VERNON, WA
Specialties
Family, Business, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury
Education
Seattle University School of Law,Evergreen State College,Pierce College
State Licensing
Washington

Craig Elarth Cammock
227 FREEWAY DR STE B
MOUNT VERNON, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Construction, Commercial, Corporate, Business
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Pacific Lutheran University
State Licensing
Washington

Patrick A Eason
416 MAIN ST
MOUNT VERNON, WA
Specialties
Family, Business, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury
Education
Seattle University School of Law,Western Washington University,Skagit Valley College
State Licensing
Washington

Michael Andrew Winslow
(360) 336-3321
411 Main St
Mount Vernon, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Construction, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Southwestern University School of Law,Biola University
State Licensing
Washington

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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