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Niq H.

Niq Howard

16 reviews
I want your business to succeed as much as you do, which is why I help create strategies and solutions that fit the unique needs of you and your Intellectual Property. Work... read more
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Mary H.

Mary Hodges

240 reviews
Employment is a big part of any business, and Mary Hodges understands that many business owners may not know the legal details of the hiring or termination process. She works with business owners with a variety of needs: from working with independent contractors, to developing and implementing employment policies, non-disclosure agreements, and more. Ms. Hodges can also help with business formation, contracts, and operations.
Nalini M.

Nalini Mahadevan

10 reviews
Our law firm, MLO Law LLC has been in business since 2003. Our motto is ‘Safeguard your future with us.’ I am the founding attorney and we employ attorneys, paralegals, and... read more
Gary E.

Gary Eastman

2 reviews
General Counsel - The goal is to understand the business. Then, all legal documents can be dealt with in a manner to meet the business goals. The focus is on making things ... read more
Christopher P.

Christopher Prochnow

2 reviews
I am a seasoned business attorney who has both founded and counseled numerous businesses in the past decade with several large-scale exits. I specialized in forming and... read more
Sheila S.

Sheila Seck

2 reviews
Launching your business is an exciting time, but Sheila Seck also knows that it can be very stressful and confusing as well. Get peace of mind by allowing Ms. Seck and her team at Seck & Associates LLC to help with managing founder relationships, corporate governance, financing issues, intellectual property, and more. She knows that every business is different and tailors her services to meet your needs.
Matthew K.

Matthew Kincaid

2 reviews
As an entrepreneurially-minded professional, I identify with and appreciate individuals seeking to start their own businesses and individuals who already own and operate th... read more
Brandon K.

Brandon Kane

2 reviews
Brandon is the principal member of the Kane Law Office, LLC in Missouri. He has almost a decade of legal experience, including experience with business formation, complex commercial litigation, and tax appeals. In addition to the many legal issues he works on, he operates KCticketlaw.com to assist clients with multiple types of traffic ticket and speeding ticket violations.
Jay P.

Jay Pietig

2 reviews
Throughout my nearly 25 years of experience at two of the largest law firms in the U.S., I have served as outside corporate counsel for hundreds of startups and small busin... read more
N William Rex R.

N William Rex Reggish

1 review
William Rex Reggish is a corporate attorney that has a strong background in assisting startups and small business with their legal matters. He has been licensed to practice law in Missouri since 2015. Willian has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained from the University of Missouri. He also has a B.S. in accounting and a Master’s degree in business administration. William started his own law after he obtained a license to practice law in 2015.

Why Hire a Startup Lawyer?

With all the costs of developing your products and services, setting up a business plan, and possibly opening a brick-and-mortar location, hiring an attorney is the last thing on your mind. A good startup attorney, however, can save you endless amounts of funds and hassle in the long run. As a new business owner, you've got better things to think about than local business requirements, tax law, and potential lawsuits. Leave such matters to an experienced professional.

For instance, you'll first need to decide how to set up your business. Should you go for a Delaware C corporation, an LLC, or a partnership? It all depends on what kind of business you're opening, how many people are involved, and the scope of your industry. If you're a sole proprietor, should you still obtain an Employer Identification Number from the IRS? For these decisions, it's wise to get a savvy startup lawyer on your side.

If you plan on hiring employees, a whole new minefield opens up. Just recently, a Missouri law was passed that more than doubles the employee overtime exemption wage amount. What does this mean for a startup? Startup employees sometimes work long hours for relatively low pay, all in hope of greater rewards when the business takes off. As of 2017, you would need to pay them twice as much as before or become subject to overtime pay regulations. A local Missouri startup attorney would be aware of this law and understand how it affects your fledgling business.

You'll probably need to raise capital. Offering share options, selling stock, and approaching investors are all options. A savvy local startup attorney would also know of LaunchKC, a program that has awarded $1 million in grants to startups based out of downtown Kansas City. Other small business grants, offered to groups such as women, minorities, and veterans, can be leveraged. More obscure businesses types, such as those associated with tourism, foam recycling, and French translation, have other grants available. Your Kansas City startup lawyer can help you find those funds.

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer

It's best to begin your search locally since a Kansas City-based attorney would know about regulations specific to the region. For example, you may not know that certain new businesses (such as corporations, LLCs, and limited partnerships) by law must maintain a "registered agent" in Missouri for service of process, legal notices, and other official matters. If you're a Missouri resident, you can register as your own agent. Otherwise, you'll need to find and hire one. Non-local lawyers may not know about this.

If you're opening a tech company or internet-based business, a local attorney can also help you understand the impact of Google Fiber on the Kansas City region. A few years ago, Kansas City became the very first Google Fiber community. This ultra-high-speed internet service has drawn tons of startups to the region, greatly impacting local finances, employment, and countless other factors. What does this mean for your new startup, its hiring processes, and the associated costs of opening your doors? Your startup attorney can answer these questions.

Referrals are a great way to get started, especially if you've developed a network of local businesspeople in a field associated with yours. If you have a banker, they could be a good source. The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is another reputable source of information. You may also want to check out the Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service. It can recommend local attorneys and will give you up to 30 minutes of consultation for a $25 fee.

Once you've whittled down your list, go online and look for reviews. Before you make your final choice, Google a few of the people who posted reviews. You should be able to find some phone numbers. Give them a call and ask specifically about using that attorney to help your business venture get off the ground. If they're a reputable businessperson, they'll be happy to help.

Once a lawyer makes it through your screening process, contact them for an interview. Ensure they have lots of experience working with companies like yours. They should be enthusiastic and believe in your mission. Imagine working with this person for years to come - does this thought appeal to you, or make you cringe? It seems trivial, but it's important that you like your attorney since you'll be spending a lot of time together.

Questions for a Potential Startup Attorney

  • From what law school did you graduate, and how long have you been practicing law?
  • How many years of experience do you have working with startup businesses? What kinds of businesses have you helped in the past?
  • How many companies like mine have you helped, and how many of them are still in business?
  • How long have you lived and practiced in Kansas City?
  • How do you usually communicate with your clients?
  • What do you enjoy doing on your days off?

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