Cover Your Legal Bases Sterling VA

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.

Mark D Pugliese
(703) 406-7227
21300 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Commercial, Aviation, Contracts, Corporate, Government Contracts, General Practice, Litigation
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,Princeton University
State Licensing
DC, Florida, Virginia

Milton Edward Babirak Jr.
(703) 406-4600
47539 Coldspring Place
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Class Action
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,John Marshall Law School, Chicago,University of Illinois
State Licensing
Virginia

Michael L. O'Reilly
(703) 766-1991
761-C Monroe Street Suite 200
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Litigation, Business
Education
Catholic University of America, School of Law,Virginia Commonwealth University
State Licensing
Virginia

Paula K Goldman
12200 Heather Way
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Commercial
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,Cornell University,University of Wisconsin-Madison
State Licensing
DC, Virginia

Janis A Wilson
(703) 886-5578
22001 Loudoun County Pkwy
Ashburn, VA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, International Law
State Licensing
Washington

Rachel Marie Fierro
(703) 435-7330
761-C Monroe Street Suite 200
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Family, Business, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
New England School of Law,University of Maine
State Licensing
Virginia

Manuel Baca Fierro
(703) 435-7330
1031 Sterling Road Suite 101
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Family, Business, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Education
New England School of Law,Northeastern University
State Licensing
Virginia

Jeffrey John Fairfield
(703) 437-9200
459 Herndon Parkway Suite 14
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Landlord & Tenant, Business, Trusts
State Licensing
Virginia

Nancy Jean O'Reilly
(703) 766-1991
761-C Monroe Street Suite 200
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
George Mason University School of Law,George Mason University,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Virginia

Geoff Willard
(703) 773-4000
1775 Wiehle Avenue, Suite 400
Reston, VA
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Admitted To Bar : 1996
Professional Memberships
Mid-Atlantic Venture Association; Virginia Bar Association; DC Bar Association

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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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