Cover Your Legal Bases Topeka KS

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.

James Philip Nordstrom
(785) 232-7761
3550 SW 5th Street P. O. Box 949
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Insurance, Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products, Business
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Matthew Robert Bergmann
(785) 354-1100
PO Box 3575
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Business, Workers Compensation, Real Estate, Family, Personal Injury
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Edward L Bailey
(785) 235-9511
534 S. Kansas, Suite 1100
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Real Estate, Litigation, Business, Construction
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

William B Barker
(785) 267-2410
3649 SW Burlingame Rd
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Transportation, Business, Probate
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Darin Mitchell Conklin
(785) 232-0753
2101 SW 21st Street
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Workers Compensation, Business, Estate Planning, Contracts, Antitrust
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Quentin E Kurtz
(785) 267-3410
2887 SW MacVicar Ave.
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Contracts, Real Estate, Litigation, Business, Appeals
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Susan L Mauch
(785) 235-9511
534 S. Kansas, Suite 1100
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Employment, Administrative Law, Business, Corporate, Family
Education
University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

H Philip Elwood
(785) 233-0593
515 South Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Business, LLC, Tax, Estate Planning, Investment Fraud
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Wichita State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Daniel Wheadon Crow
(785) 232-0753
2101 SW 21st Street
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Probate
Education
Washburn University School of Law
State Licensing
Kansas

Donald J Horttor
(785) 235-9511
534 S. Kansas, Suite 1100
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Tax, Estate Planning, Corporate
Education
New York University School of Law,University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

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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