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

Kathryn Montez Caraway
(504) 566-1912
336 Camp Street, Suite 350
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Personal Injury
Education
Loyola University New Orleans
State Licensing
Texas

Charles Parker Kilgore
(225) 248-2181
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law
State Licensing
Louisiana

Robert Benn Vincent Jr.
(225) 389-3737
301 Main St Ste 1800
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Workers Compensation, Construction, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert 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

Andrew John Halverson
(337) 232-3929
101 La Rue France Suite 200, Suite 2300
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Energy, Environmental, Business, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,University of Louisiana, Lafayette,University
State Licensing
Louisiana

M. Thomas Arceneaux
(318) 221-6858
400 Texas St Ste 1400
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Litigation, Business, State, Local And Municipal Law, Banking
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Kerry Dion Brown
(985) 652-5087
17405 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Litigation
Education
Southern University Law Center,BYU-Idaho,University of Utah
State Licensing
Louisiana

John Christian Enochs
(504) 569-2900
1100 Poydras St., Ste. 2200
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Maritime, Employment
Education
Tulane University
State Licensing
Louisiana, Texas

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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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