Cover Your Legal Bases Winfield KS

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.

Sharon L. Gordon
(620) 986-5520
4857 61st Rd
Udall, KS
Specialties
Business
Education
UC Hastings COL,Univ of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

Brooke Lee Grant
(913) 371-3838
707 Minnesota Ave 4th Fl
Kansas City, KS
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Construction, Wrongful Death, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Larry G Rapp
(316) 291-9583
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway Suite 100
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Health Care, Banking, Venture Capital
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Todd Alan Luckman
(785) 267-3410
2887 SW MacVicar Ave.
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Family, Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Manu Kumar Rattan
(913) 432-0660
2100 Silver Avenue
Kansas City, KS
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
Capital University Law School,Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Univer
State Licensing
Kansas

John Nick Badgerow
(913) 327-5134
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Bldg. 40
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Business, Employment, Litigation, Antitrust, Intellectual Property
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
State Licensing
Kansas

Jeffrey David Gossard
(620) 251-9000
121 W. 8th St.
Coffeyville, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Contracts, Child Custody, Criminal Defense
State Licensing
Kansas

Cheryl L Trenholm
(785) 843-6600
1211 Massachusetts St. P.O. Box 667
Lawrence, KS
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Litigation, Guardianship, Business
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Jeffrey Allen Houston
(620) 241-0554
120 W. Kansas Avenue P.O. Box 1146
McPherson, KS
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Banking, Health Care, Debt Collection
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

William E Dakan
(316) 267-1281
833 North Waco, P.O. Box 830
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Tax, Real Estate, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Estate Planning
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

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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