Cover Your Legal Bases South Haven MI

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.

Michael P. Haddock
(269) 857-2110
62 Center Street
Douglas, MI
Specialties
Litigation, Real Estate, Family, Estate Planning, Business
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
State Licensing
Michigan

Trent Charles Hilding
(989) 427-3436
6824 E Lake Montcalm Rd
Edmore, MI
Specialties
Agriculture, Debt Settlement, Business, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Contracts, Corporate, Government, Probate, Real Estate, Tax, Trusts, Wills
Education
Drake University Law School,Michigan State University,Michigan State University,Vestaburg Community
State Licensing
Michigan

R. Keith Stark
(248) 641-9955
1111 W Long Lake Rd Ste 202
Troy, MI
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Commercial
State Licensing
Michigan

Paul F. Gipson
309 N SAGE ST
KALAMAZOO, MI
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Divorce, Wills, Corporate, Personal Injury
Education
Thomas Cooley Law School
State Licensing
Michigan

Ralph C. Chapa Jr.
161 OTTAWA AVE NW WATERS BLDG
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Specialties
Insurance, Commercial, Ethics, Defective & Dangerous Products, Personal Injury
Education
Wayne State University Law School,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

K. C. Baran
(810) 936-5211
5151 Harp Dr.
Linden, MI
Specialties
Chapter 7, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Litigation, Corporate, Bankruptcy
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,United States Military Academy
State Licensing
Michigan

Stephen C. Borgsdorf
(734) 214-7663
2723 S State St Ste 400
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Contracts, Class Action, Investment Fraud
Education
U Of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Michigan, Wisconsin

Ronald E. David
50 MONROE AVE NW 50 MONROE PLACE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Tax
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Walsh College
State Licensing
Michigan

Marc P. Lawrence
618 S CREYTS RD STE B
LANSING, MI
Specialties
Environmental, Litigation, Business, Real Estate
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Michigan State University,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Douglas A. Tull
(586) 726-5742
44841 Van Dyke Ave, Po Box 180912
Utica, MI
Specialties
Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, Appeals, Corporate, LLC
Education
Wayne State University Law School,Southwestern University School of Law - Los Angeles
State Licensing
Michigan

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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