Cover Your Legal Bases Williamsburg VA

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.

Andrew Mack Franck
(757) 220-6500
1177 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business, Litigation
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,James Madison University
State Licensing
Virginia

Neal John Robinson
(757) 229-4281
1313 Jamestown Road, Suite 202
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Business, Corporate
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,University of Dallas,University of North T
State Licensing
Virginia

Susanna B. Hickman
(757) 220-6500
1177 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Litigation, Commercial, Business
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Sweet Briar College
State Licensing
Virginia

Stephen David Harris
(757) 220-6500
1177 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Mount Union College
State Licensing
Michigan, Ohio, Virginia

Peter Elliott Robinson
(720) 234-3249
156 Oak Holw
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Construction, Business, Real Estate
Education
USC Law School,California State University at Northridge,Univ of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California, Colorado

Vernon Meredith Geddy III
(757) 220-6500
1177 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Health Care, Business, Estate Planning
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of North Carolina
State Licensing
Virginia

Mary Kathryn Wrightson
(703) 293-9050
108 Fernwood
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Civil Rights
State Licensing
Virginia

Sheldon Mack Franck
(757) 220-6500
1177 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Tax, Estate Planning, Business, Construction
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
State Licensing
Virginia

Elizabeth Lynn White
(757) 941-2805
3rd Floor, 5388 Discovery Park Boulevard
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Commercial
State Licensing
Virginia

Paul Whitmore Gerhardt
(757) 259-3860
P.O. Box 6000
Williamsburg, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Administrative Law
State Licensing
Virginia

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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