Cover Your Legal Bases Southington CT

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.

Lewis M Platt
(860) 225-8431
6 PARK PL
NEW BRITAIN, CT
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense
Education
Suffolk University Law School,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Nicholas E Denigris
(860) 225-7667
165 W MAIN ST
NEW BRITAIN, CT
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Corporate, Criminal Defense
Education
Clark University,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

James D Donovan
(860) 589-4343
43 BELLEVUE AVENUE PO BOX 670
BRISTOL, CT
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Family, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Business
Education
Western New England College School of Law,Central Connecticut State University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Jack M Bassett
(860) 229-0369
35 PEARL ST STE 301
NEW BRITAIN, CT
Specialties
Residential, Estate Planning, Business, Debt Agreements, Commercial
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Colgate University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Robert A Scalise JR
(860) 229-0369
35 PEARL ST STE 301
NEW BRITAIN, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business, Real Estate
Education
Western New England School of Law,Bates College
State Licensing
Connecticut

Gregory M Gagne
(203) 879-1753
33 WOLCOTT RD
WOLCOTT, CT
Specialties
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Foreclosure, Business
Education
Trinity College,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Kenneth W Mango
(203) 639-3560
405 BROAD STREET PO BOX 2695
MERIDEN, CT
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Julie A Morgan
(203) 235-1651
530 PRESTON AVENUE 2ND FLOOR PO BOX 183
MERIDEN, CT
Specialties
Contracts, Bankruptcy, Commercial, Identity Theft, Corporate
Education
Quinnipiac University School of Law,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Pamela R Reynolds
(860) 893-0500
1 LIBERTY SQ STE 208
NEW BRITAIN, CT
Specialties
Corporate, Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Franchising, Trusts
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,Southern Connecticut State University,Southern Connecticut S
State Licensing
Connecticut

Guy R Defrances
(203) 639-3560
405 BROAD STREET PO BOX 2695
MERIDEN, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Business, Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Connecticut

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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