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.

Robert J. Lawing
(336) 631-8500
101 N. Cherry Street, Suite 720
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Commercial
State Licensing
North Carolina

Jeffrey A. Batts
(252) 977-6450
P. O. DRAWER 8228 103 CANDLEWOOD RD
ROCKY MOUNT, NC
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Litigation
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Wake Forest University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Mitchell A. Meyers
(919) 415-1776
1003 High House Road, Suite 106
Cary, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Family, Debt Collection, Corporate, Landlord & Tenant
Education
Nova Southeastern University School of Law,University of Florida
State Licensing
Florida, North Carolina

Angela Powers Doughty
(252) 672-5471
PO BOX 867
NEW BERN, NC
Specialties
Business, Intellectual Property
Education
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law,Campbell University,North Carolina State Un
State Licensing
North Carolina

Robert B. Womble
(919) 743-7309
P. O. Box 17047
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Venture Capital, Business, Tax
State Licensing
North Carolina

Paul Augustus Capua
(828) 264-0260
The Green House, 164 S. Depot St
Boone, NC
Specialties
Employment, Commercial, Construction, International Law
Education
South Texas College of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Florida, North Carolina

Alonzo McAlpine Alston
(704) 756-1888
5509 Santeelah Court
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Entertainment
Education
Charlotte School of Law
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill Carolina
Chapel Hill
State Licensing
North Carolina

Mark Olan Henry
(704) 377-8128
101 N TRYON ST STE 1900
CHARLOTTE, NC
Specialties
Corporate, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings, Financial Markets And Services
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,Ohio State University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Todd Alexander King
(704) 940-3417
2907 PROVIDENCE RD STE 200
CHARLOTTE, NC
Specialties
Personal Injury, Slip and Fall Accident, Business, Litigation, Insurance
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Wake Forest University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Thomas D. Blue Jr.
(919) 865-7017
PO BOX 33550
RALEIGH, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Land Use & Zoning, Financial Markets And Services, Construction
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,University of North Carolina
State Licensing
North Carolina

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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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