Cover Your Legal Bases Whiteville NC

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.

Corby C. Anderson
(704) 343-2225
PO Box 31247
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Trademark Infringement, Business, Antitrust
State Licensing
North Carolina

Gregory B. Crampton
(919) 645-4077
P. O. Box 18237
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Chapter 11, Business, Estate Planning
State Licensing
North Carolina

Robert M. Bryan
(704) 377-8310
101 N TRYON ST STE 1900
CHARLOTTE, NC
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Corporate, Venture Capital
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
North Carolina

Brian Douglas Holofchak
(704) 331-7433
214 North Tryon Street, 47th Floor
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Partnership, Commercial
State Licensing
North Carolina

Stephen Stuart Logue Jr.
(919) 782-6860
3737 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 400
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Construction
State Licensing
North Carolina

Ella-Marie Smith
(704) 378-4846
427 West 8th St., #105
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Residential
State Licensing
North Carolina

M. Thomas Norwood III
(704) 799-7210
311 WILLIAMSON RD STE 103
MOORESVILLE, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Construction, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense
Education
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law,Davidson College
State Licensing
North Carolina

Thomas J. Gorman
(704) 544-2500
13925 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Estate Planning, Commercial
Education
Duke University School of Law,Boston College
State Licensing
North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas

Philip William Paine
(919) 821-7700
PO BOX 12347 5410 TRINITY RD STE 210
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Real Estate, Corporate
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
North Carolina

Edward Eric Mills
(252) 672-5428
PO BOX 867
NEW BERN, NC
Specialties
Business, Intellectual Property
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,North Carolina State University,North Carolina State Univ
State Licensing
North Carolina

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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