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

Susan A. Whaley-Brady
4334 STATE ST
SAGINAW, MI
Specialties
Family, Divorce, Child Custody, Commercial
Education
Thomas M.Cooley Law School,Western Michigan University
State Licensing
Michigan

Michael A. Temple
(313) 393-7385
100 RENAISSANCE CTR FL 36
DETROIT, MI
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Wayne State University Law School,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Lawrence J. Benton
30800 TELEGRAPH RD BINGHAM CENTER
BINGHAM FARMS, MI
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Business, Corporate, Tax
Education
Boston University School of Law,Wayne State University Law School,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Kenneth R. Lango
201 W BIG BEAVER RD COLUMBIA CENTER
TROY, MI
Specialties
Business, Securities Offerings, Corporate, Probate, Estate Planning
Education
Wayne State University Law School,Wayne State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Allan Nachman
(248) 258-1410
41000 Woodward Ave, Stoneridge West
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Arbitration
State Licensing
Michigan

Christopher L. Terry
(313) 965-6100
4000 PENOBSCOT BLDG
DETROIT, MI
Specialties
Commercial, Insurance, Employment
Education
Wayne State University,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Neil Hansen
(586) 463-9883
10 S Main St Ste 405
Mount Clemens, MI
Specialties
Family, Landlord & Tenant, Estate Planning, Commercial, Personal Injury
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

Heather Marie Olson
(313) 965-7847
1 Woodward Ave Ste 2400
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Litigation
State Licensing
Michigan

Avery K. Williams
(313) 963-3873
535 GRISWOLD ST STE 1000
DETROIT, MI
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Litigation, Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning
Education
Michigan State University,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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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