Cover Your Legal Bases Silsbee TX

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.

Kenneth D. Furlow
(409) 842-1132
7835 Kay Lane
Lumberton, TX
Specialties
Business, Oil & Gas, Fraud, Criminal Defense, Education, Probate, Family, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

John W. Newton III
2905 TOCCOA ST
BEAUMONT, TX
Specialties
Commercial, Defective & Dangerous Products, Personal Injury, Employment
Education
University of Texas System, Austin,University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

Casey Hugh Hargroder
(409) 832-0347
2905 Toccoa St
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Lawsuits & Disputes, Appeals, Business, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Employment, Probate, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Texas

Wyatt David Snider
(409) 924-9595
3560 Delaware Suite 308
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Jason Michael Byrd
(409) 924-9595
Suite 308, 3560 Delaware Street
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Business, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Fraud, Social Security, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

William Dale Beggs
(409) 246-3200
1005 S Redwood Street, P.O. Box 669
Kountze, TX
Specialties
Debt Collection, Business, Criminal Defense, Juvenile, Probate, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Charles K. Kebodeaux
2905 TOCCOA ST
BEAUMONT, TX
Specialties
Personal Injury, Commercial, Construction, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Texas School of Law,Texas State University, Lamar University
State Licensing
Texas

Scott Allen Shaver
(409) 832-0347
2905 Toccoa
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Tax, Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Insurance, Fraud, Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Thomas Ross Harrison
(409) 832-0347
2905 Toccoa Road
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Appeals, Business, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Probate, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Arbitration, Litigation
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

John D. Stone
(409) 658-2029
465 Belvedere Dr
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Appeals, Debt Collection, Business, Insurance, Fraud, Employment, Probate, Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

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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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