Cover Your Legal Bases West Palm Beach FL

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.

Keith Alan James
(561) 686-2247
4510 Portofino Way Apt 209
West Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Corporate, LLC, Wills, Litigation
Education
Harvard Law School,Harvard College
State Licensing
Florida, Pennsylvania

Jon Dale Derrevere
(561) 684-3222
470 COLUMBIA DR
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Specialties
Construction, Litigation, Business
Education
Cornell Law School,University of Florida
State Licensing
Florida

Keith H. Park
(561) 686-7711
2240 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD STE 200
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Florida
State Licensing
Florida

Bruce E. Loren
(561) 615-5701
2000 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD STE 501
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
Brooklyn Law School,State University of New York, Albany
State Licensing
Florida

Cara Felicia Sue Muroff
(561) 615-5701
2000 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD STE 501
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Specialties
Business, Employment, Real Estate, Construction
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Florida
State Licensing
Florida

Joel S. Cronin
(561) 684-7612
2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Ste 217
West Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Personal Injury, Health Care, Commercial
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Benjamin Lawrence Bedard
(561) 688-6560
470 Columbia Dr Ste C
West Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Insurance, Commercial, Litigation
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
State Licensing
Florida

William Randolph Hoffmann
(386) 788-8334
2001 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD STE 205
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Family, Business
Education
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Florida

David Fletcher Hoffmann
(386) 788-8334
2001 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD STE 205
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Family, Business
Education
The Florida State University College of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Florida

Louis Marc Silber
(561) 615-6200
1806 Old Okeechobee Rd
West Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Business, Civil Rights
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
State Licensing
Florida

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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