Cover Your Legal Bases Waterville ME

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.

Tobi L. Schneider
(207) 873-7755
49 Silver Street
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Corporate, Family
State Licensing
Maine

Timothy R. O'Donnell
(207) 872-0112
112 Silver Street
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Business, Commercial
Education
Northeastern University School of Law,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
Maine

James M. LaLiberty
(207) 873-1173
45 Silver Street
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Business, Debt Collection, Personal Injury
Education
University of Maine School of Law,Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Maine

Clyde L Wheeler
(207) 873-7771
27 Temple Street
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Insurance, Business
Education
Suffolk University Law School,University of Maine
State Licensing
Maine

David E Bernier
(207) 873-0186
PO Box 708
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Business, Elder Law, Probate, Litigation
Education
St. Louis University Law School,Colby College,Villanova University
State Licensing
Maine

Thomas B McCowan
(207) 872-0112
112 SILVER ST
WATERVILLE, ME
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
University of Arizona College of Law,University of Arizona
State Licensing
Arizona, Maine

Ronald A Ducharme
(207) 873-7771
PO Box 376
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Workers Compensation, Insurance, Business, Elder Law, Social Security
Education
California Western School of Law,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Maine

J William Batten
(207) 873-0781
One Center Street
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation, Personal Injury, Corporate, Social Security
Education
Washington & Lee University School of Law,Olivet College
State Licensing
Maine

Daniel J Bernier
(207) 877-8969
179 Main Street, Suite 304
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Contracts, Corporate, Debt Collection, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Insurance, Landlord & Tenant, LLC, Probate, Real Estate
State Licensing
Maine

Daniel W Marra
(207) 873-0186
PO Box 708
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Family, Litigation, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Maine School of Law,Colby College
State Licensing
Maine

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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