Cover Your Legal Bases Tempe AZ

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.

Kim S Alvarado
4600 S MILL AVE STE 125
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Ethics, Business, Employment, Litigation
Education
Arizona State University,Azusa Pacific University
State Licensing
Arizona

Robert Grasso Jr
4600 S MILL AVE STE 125
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Ethics, Business, Employment, Federal Regulation, Litigation
Education
Arizona State University,Arizona State University
State Licensing
Arizona

Michael St.George
(480) 968-9068
440 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Business
Education
Arizona State University
State Licensing
Texas

Rodger A Golston
4500 S LAKESHORE DR STE 570
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Construction, Debt Collection, Business, Family
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Arizona

Michael E St George
440 E SOUTHERN AVE
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Business, Internet, Intellectual Property, LLC
Education
Arizona State University,Arizona State University
State Licensing
Arizona

Garry N Keister
4500 S LAKESHORE DR STE 570
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Tax, Partnership, Estate Planning, Trusts, Corporate
Education
Ohio State University, Columbus,University of Akron
State Licensing
Arizona

James R Wood
(480) 991-6949
1400 E SOUTHERN AVE
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Corporate, Debt Collection, Litigation, Real Estate
Education
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law,University of Arizona
State Licensing
Arizona

Scott B Carpenter
1400 E SOUTHERN AVE STE 640
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
General Practice, Corporate, Litigation
Education
Baylor University School of Law,Wheaton College, Wheaton IL
State Licensing
Arizona

Bradley L Hahn
4500 S LAKESHORE DR
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law,University of Arizona
State Licensing
Arizona

Jason N Miller
1400 E SOUTHERN AVE STE 640
TEMPE, AZ
Specialties
Real Estate, Litigation, Contracts, Corporate
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Bob Jones University
State Licensing
Arizona

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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