Cover Your Legal Bases Sikeston 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.

William C. Vandivort
(573) 471-8278
316 S. Kingshighway, P.O. Box 158
Sikeston, MO
Specialties
Banking, Corporate, Bankruptcy
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Westminster College
State Licensing
Missouri

Joseph Cullen Blanton Jr
(573) 471-1000
219 S. Kingshighway, P.O. Box 805
Sikeston, MO
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Litigation, Estate Planning, Business, Medical Malpractice
Education
University of Texas School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Thomas Franklin Robison
(573) 471-1207
113 W North Street, P.O. Box 40
Sikeston, MO
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Family, Medical Malpractice, Guardianship, Corporate
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
State Licensing
Missouri

David Crader
(573) 471-5400
111 South New Madrid Street, P.O. Box 1063
Sikeston, MO
 
Donald Douglas Heck
(866) 575-3313
P.O. Box 965
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Workers Compensation, Commercial, Litigation
State Licensing
Missouri

Bruce Alan Lawrence
(573) 471-5554
250 N. Kingshighway, P.O. Box 2001
Sikeston, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Wrongful Death, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law,University of Mississippi
State Licensing
Missouri

Thomas Willard Collins III
(573) 471-1000
219 Kingshighway, P.O. Box 805
Sikeston, MO
Specialties
Ethics, Workers Compensation, Litigation, Business, Medical Malpractice
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

Rebecca C. Steward
(573) 471-8278
316 South Kingshighway, P.O. Box 158
Sikeston, MO
 
Julie Crader Dolan
(573) 471-0303
111 South New Madrid Street, P.O. Box 563
Sikeston, MO
 
Brian David Klar
(314) 863-1117
1505 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Estate Planning
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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