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

Douglas L Hanisch
(316) 291-9748
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway Suite 100
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Employee Benefits, Business, Tax
Education
New York University School of Law,Washburn University School of Law,University of Northern Iowa
State Licensing
Kansas

Frankie Joe Schwartz
(316) 626-4545
P.O. Box 948
Liberal, KS
Specialties
Business
Education
Washburn University
State Licensing
Texas

Karen Michelle Quintelier
(785) 825-4674
119 West Iron Avenue, 7th Floor
Salina, KS
Specialties
Banking, Business, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Emporia State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Donna F. Bohn
(316) 631-3135
8621 East 21st Street North, Suite 200
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Probate
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Robert John Rayburn III
(816) 215-5567
11624 Harmony Lane
Olathe, KS
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

Arlyn Miller
(620) 662-3331
PO Box 1907, 20 Compound Dr
Hutchinson, KS
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Estate Planning, Banking, Wills
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Yale University
State Licensing
Kansas

Ann M Zimmerman
(785) 309-0390
316 N. Santa Fe P.O. Box 2573
Salina, KS
Specialties
Mediation, Family, Education, Discrimination, Business
Education
Harvard University Law School,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Mark D. Keifer
(316) 945-8251
2121 W. Maple
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Family, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Kimberly Anne Green
(316) 262-4000
8301 East 21st Street North, Suite 450
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Southern Nazarene 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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