Cover Your Legal Bases West Point MS

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.

Kerby Law Firm, L.L.C.
(662) 889-3733
722 College Street
Columbus, MS

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Crowell , John W. - Nichols, Crowell, Gi
(662) 243-7443
710 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, MS

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James D Holland
(601) 420-0333
P O Box 1163, P O Box 1163
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Litigation, Business
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law
Millsaps College
State Licensing
Mississippi

Thomas Henry Freeland IV
(662) 234-3414
Box 269, 1013 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, White Collar Crime, Education
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law
University of Mississippi
State Licensing
Mississippi

Timothy J. Evans
(601) 255-5085
606 Adeline ST, STE 1A
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Divorce, Chapter 7, Commercial, Personal Injury
Education
Mississippi College School of Law
State Licensing
Mississippi

Gillis , William F. - Nichols, Crowell,
(662) 243-7443
710 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, MS

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Dunn , W. David - Dunn & Hemphill, P.A.
(662) 327-4211
214 5th Street South
Columbus, MS

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Stephen Walker Burrow
(228) 762-8021
P.O. Box 1407
Pascagoula, MS
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Health Care, LLC
Education
Tulane University Law School,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Alabama, Mississippi

Walker William Jones III
(601) 351-2413
4268 I 55 N
JACKSON, MS
Specialties
Health Care, Business, Litigation
Education
UNIV MISSISSIPPI
State Licensing
Tennessee

John Thomas Rouse
(504) 586-1200
200 S LAMAR ST CITY CENTRE BLDG
JACKSON, MS
Specialties
Litigation, Class Action, Commercial
Education
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
State Licensing
Tennessee

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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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