Cover Your Legal Bases South Amboy NJ
Real Estate, Family, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Business
Brooklyn Law School,City University of New York
Real Estate, Business, Family, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology,Rutgers University
STATEN ISLAND, NY
Real Estate, Commercial, Business, Probate, Trusts
New York Law School,Rutgers University
Old Bridge, NJ
Personal Injury, Insurance, Business
Fordham University School of Law
DC, New Jersey
OLD BRIDGE, NJ
Personal Injury, Business, Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family
International Law, Immigration, Business
Real Estate, Business, Bankruptcy
Rutgers University School of Law
STATEN ISLAND, NY
Business, Commercial, Real Estate, Franchising, Trademark Application, Workers Compensation
American University The Washington College of Law,State University of New York, Stony Brook
STATEN ISLAND, NY
Tax, Trusts, Estate Planning, Corporate, Business
Seton Hall University School of Law,Hofstra University,Hofstra University
New Jersey, New York
Real Estate, Tax, Commercial
Cover Your Legal Bases
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.
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.
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.