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.

Dexter M. Campbell III
(919) 863-8732
5420 WADE PARK BLVD STE 300
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Transportation, Business, Insurance, Environmental
Education
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
North Carolina

Janie L. Long
(336) 725-0583
110 OAKWOOD DR STE 300
WINSTON SALEM, NC
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Tax, Business
Education
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law,High Point University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Stephan J. Willen
(704) 377-8382
101 N TRYON ST STE 1900
CHARLOTTE, NC
Specialties
Corporate, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Venture Capital
Education
Duke University School of Law,University of Michigan
State Licensing
North Carolina

John A Fagg Jr.
(704) 331-3622
100 North Tryon Street, Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Class Action, Commercial
State Licensing
DC

John I. Mabe Jr.
(919) 981-4036
PO Box 19764
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Litigation
State Licensing
North Carolina

Kevin L. Sink
(919) 645-4071
PO BOX 18237
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Family
State Licensing
North Carolina

John R. Miller
(704) 377-8308
101 N TRYON ST STE 1900
CHARLOTTE, NC
Specialties
International Law, Construction, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking
Education
Duke University School of Law,Duke University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Kelly Elizabeth Thompson
(919) 821-1860
5308 Seaspray Lane
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Family, Business, Elder Law
State Licensing
North Carolina

John W. Ervin Jr.
(828) 437-4220
301 E MEETING ST
MORGANTON, NC
Specialties
Corporate, Commercial, Litigation, Wills, Estate Planning
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,University of North Carolina
State Licensing
North Carolina

Michael Alan Cannon
(704) 375-6895
11129 Silkwood Court
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial
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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