Cover Your Legal Bases Tualatin OR

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.

Thomas J Elliott
(503) 692-0608
7070 SW NYBERG ST STE B
TUALATIN, OR
Specialties
Litigation, Family, Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Business
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Portland State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Kirsten Janet Day
(503) 624-6300
15350 Sw Sequoia Pkwy #300
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
UC Hastings COL,Tufts Univ
State Licensing
California

Frederick M Millard
(503) 352-1991
6650 SW REDWOOD LN STE 330
PORTLAND, OR
Specialties
Construction, Insurance, Commercial, Business, Personal Injury
Education
Santa Clara University School of Law,Nova Southeastern University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Hertsel Shadian
(503) 352-6985
6650 SW Redwood Lane, Suite 330
Portland, OR
Specialties
Business, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law,University of Washington School of Law,University of Hawai'i, Manoa
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Harlan E Jones
(503) 598-7070
2 CENTERPOINTE DR
LAKE OSWEGO, OR
Specialties
Business, Construction, Employment, Environmental, Litigation
Education
Columbia University School of Law,Whitman College
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Susan E Snell
(503) 692-0608
7070 SW NYBERG ST STE B
TUALATIN, OR
Specialties
Estate Planning, Guardianship, Business, Real Estate, Adoption
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,Portland State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Reginald W Perry
(503) 670-0443
7420 SW BRIDGEPORT RD STE 204
PORTLAND, OR
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law,Oklahoma State University
State Licensing
Oregon

Joseph Q Kaufman
(503) 206-1307
10623 SW Canterbury Lane
Tigard, OR
Specialties
Trademark Application, Contracts, Estate Planning, Corporate, Real Estate, Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business
Education
Lewis & Clark Coll Northwestern SOL,Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,University of Arkansas, Fa
State Licensing
California, Oregon

Gregory Scott Blair
(503) 906-9120
6650 Sw Redwood Ln Ste 290
Portland, OR
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Debt Collection, Business, Intellectual Property
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Kathleen M Bertero
(503) 598-7070
2 Centerpointe Dr 6th Flr
Lake Oswego, OR
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Probate
State Licensing
California, Oregon

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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