Cover Your Legal Bases West Des Moines IA

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.

Peter J. Rolwes
(515) 223-4567
5015 Grand Ridge Drive
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Estate Planning, Probate, Landlord & Tenant
Education
Drake University Law School,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Amy Stowe Beattie
(515) 274-1450
6701 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Business, State, Local And Municipal Law, Real Estate
Education
Drake University Law School,Tulane University,Los Angeles Baptist College
State Licensing
Iowa

Erin Maureen Clanton
(515) 274-1450
6701 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Business, State, Local And Municipal Law, Employment, Estate Planning
Education
Creighton University School of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Thomas Joe Levis
(515) 274-1450
6701 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Family, Administrative Law, Business, Employment, Estate Planning
Education
Drake University Law School,Drake University
State Licensing
Iowa

James Joseph Biscoglia Jr.
1820 N.W. 118th Street, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Medical Malpractice, Business
Education
Drake University Law School,Drake University
State Licensing
Florida, Iowa

Justin E. LaVan
1820 N.W. 118th Street
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Commercial, Insurance
Education
Drake University Law School,Mankato State University
State Licensing
Florida, Iowa

David Ryan Adelman
(515) 274-1450
6701 Westown Parkway Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Business, Government, Health Care
Education
Drake University Law School,Miami University
State Licensing
Iowa

Aaron Michael Hubbard
(515) 255-8750
9902 Swanson Blvd
Clive, IA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, General Practice, Real Estate
Education
Drake University Law School,Manchester College
State Licensing
Iowa

Nolden Gentry
(515) 274-1450
6701 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Business, Government, Public Finance, Real Estate
Education
Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Paul Alvin Drey
(515) 271-1765
6701 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Health Care, Business, Bankruptcy, Real Estate
Education
Notre Dame Law School,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Iowa

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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