Cover Your Legal Bases Walterboro SC

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.

Elbert O. Duffie III
(843) 549-6050
P.O. Box 1215
Walterboro, SC
Specialties
Mediation, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family
Education
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law,Clemson University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Joseph F Singleton
(843) 248-4229
P.O. Box 1244
Conway, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Construction, Personal Injury, Probate
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Presbyterian College
State Licensing
South Carolina

Walter McElhaney White
(864) 594-5309
100 Dunbar Street, Suite 200
Spartanburg, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Health Care
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Wofford College
State Licensing
South Carolina

David Spence Cox
(843) 720-4665
5 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Media
Education
Duke University School of Law,Tulane University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Jenny A. Horne
(212) 278-1037
102 Perry Lane
Summerville, SC
Specialties
Power Of Attorney, Elder Law, Commercial
State Licensing
North Carolina

Jocelyn G Bolling
(843) 345-1207
1311 ROYAL LINKS DR
MT PLEASANT, SC
Specialties
Copyright Application, Trademark Application, Corporate, Wills, Real Estate
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law,University of Maryland
State Licensing
DC, Maryland, South Carolina

Randolph W Hunter
(843) 722-3500
53 Broad St.
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Carson-Newman College
State Licensing
South Carolina

Tiffany Brooke Hunt
(843) 332-4700
508 South 4th St.
Hartsville, SC
Specialties
Family, Personal Injury, Litigation, Business, Criminal Defense
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Anderson College
State Licensing
South Carolina

Kenneth F. Smith
(843) 720-4611
5 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Business, Banking, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
New York University School of Law,University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Car
State Licensing
South Carolina

H Michael Solloa Jr.
(803) 737-5700
PO BOX 1715
COLUMBIA, SC
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Real Estate
Education
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
State Licensing
Florida, South Carolina

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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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