Cover Your Legal Bases Yelm WA

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.

Bernard Lee Perez
(ODD Range 10501 - 10503) CREEK ST SE
YELM, WA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Real Estate, Wills, Probate, Business
State Licensing
Washington

Jeffrey G. Yonek
(206) 250-5181
9206 Milburn Loop Se
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Debt Collection, Corporate, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Walter L Schefter Jr
(360) 491-6666
1415 College St Se
Lacey, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Family, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Keith D. Armstrong
(253) 539-2810
841 174th St S
Spanaway, WA
Specialties
Business, Probate, Estate Planning, Administrative Law, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Thomas Joseph Hoolihan
(360) 486-8340
2660 Willamette Dr Ne
Lacey, WA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Trademark Application, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

James W. Larson
(360) 458-4111
Po Box 2080
Yelm, WA
Specialties
Corporate
State Licensing
Washington

Marcella Ann Hughes
(360) 459-8595
418 Carpenter Rd Se Ste 104
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Family, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Kenneth R. Ahlf
(360) 491-1802
1230 Ruddell Rd Se Ste 201
Lacey, WA
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Business, Estate Planning, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Alana Kimberly Bullis
(253) 964-2104
1911 Nelson Street
DuPont, WA
Specialties
Car Accident, Insurance, Commercial
Education
Seattle University School of Law,St Martin's College,Western Michigan University,Touro University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Harlan C. Stientjes
(360) 357-8855
9840 Johnson Point Rd Ne
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

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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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