Cover Your Legal Bases Ville Platte LA

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.

Adam Gerard Caswell
(337) 457-7378
142 N 2nd St
Eunice, LA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Litigation, Real Estate, Social Security
State Licensing
Louisiana

Quincy L Cawthorne
(337) 948-8008
2410 Jake Dr. Ste 1
Opelousas, LA
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Landlord & Tenant
Education
Southern University
State Licensing
Texas

Jon Brook Robinson
(504) 595-3000
One Shell Square 701 Poydras St Ste 4250
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Maritime, Litigation, Insurance, Corporate, Environmental
Education
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Dena Lynn Olivier
(504) 581-7979
701 Poydras St Fl 50
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Tulane University Law School,Loyola University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Courtney Catherine Miller
(504) 585-0429
701 Poydras St Ste 4500
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Tax, Estate Planning, Corporate, Probate
Education
University of New Orleans,Loyola University School of Law
State Licensing
Louisiana

H Kent Aguillard
(337) 457-9331
141 S 6th St
Eunice, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, LLC, Business
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,McNeese State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Adrian Girard Nadeau
(225) 922-5110
4041 Essen Ln Ste 500
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Construction, Litigation, Insurance, Ethics, Business
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Steven C. Lanza
(337) 237-2660
1200 Camellia Blvd Ste 300
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Business, Appeals, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,University of Southwestern Louisiana
State Licensing
Louisiana

Patrick J Browne
(504) 585-3200
1100 Poydras St Ste 3200
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Securities Offerings, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law,Loyola University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Winston Gerard DeCuir Jr.
(225) 346-8716
732 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Business
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Amherst College
State Licensing
Louisiana

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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