You need experienced legal representation to ensure a strong business foundation, whether you are starting a new business or expanding the one you’ve built. We love helping you with these “nuts & bolts” of business ownership. Having our team take the reins on these key primary elements gives you all of the benefits you would achieve by taking on traditional “in-house legal counsel” – but at a fraction of the cost.
OUR CONTRACT SERVICES
- Startup Counseling: What kind of corporation should you set up for your business, and why? How do you limit your company’s legal expenses while protecting yourself? How do you Trademark your business name and/or logo in the right way to protect your intellectual property?
Formation of a Corporation, LLC or Partnership for Your Business. Forming a business entity includes drafting the articles; the bylaws, operating agreement or partnership agreement; helping you obtain your Employer Identification Number (EIN) and filing the statement of information. For a corporation this can also include stock option plans and agreements (when relevant), and preparation of any related documentation to ensure your business is compliant from the start.
Founders Agreements, Operating Agreements and Limited Partnership Agreements. As soon as you start your business, it is vital to have an agreement in writing, especially if you are going into business with more than one person. This can also often include licensing agreements and confidentiality agreements.
Employment and Consulting Agreements. Employment Agreements, Employee Handbooks and Independent Contractor Agreements (only if appropriate) are all vital as soon as you hire your first employee or begin working with an independent contractor. We draft these so you and your business are protected.
Commercial Contracts: This includes service agreements, partnering agreements, vendor/supplier agreements and reseller agreements. Additionally, this can include terms and conditions on the invoices your company sends out.
Corporate Governance: This includes board of director matters and stockholder/voting agreements. Along with ensuring your corporate board minutes are up to date and completed annually (at the very least!).
Mergers & Acquisitions: We prepare the letter of intent and participate in the due diligence checks, including (but not limited to): the review of company finances; employee agreements and wage and hour liability; intellectual property; environmental liabilities; real estate leases; and pending litigation involving the acquiring and/or acquired company and advising about potential risks. After the due diligence checks, we structure the acquisition or merger, including: drafting the definitive agreement; non-compete agreements; representations and warranties; the transfer of technology and intellectual property licenses from one entity to another; as well as, documents required to satisfy the closing conditions.
Investments: Our team of attorneys provides advice concerning the drafting, negotiation, and performance of contracts for the sale of portions of the business or selling the ownership interest to a single company (buyout), including offering and sale of the company’s stocks and memberships in a private offering.
Business Transactions: Negotiation, drafting, and review of all types of contracts and agreements associated with the activities of the business, including distribution, manufacturing, licensing, outsourcing and other agreements.
When we become your legal counsel, we offer four principal benefits that are traditionally only available through hiring an in-house legal team. We:
Develop an in-depth familiarity with your business, your culture and legal needs.
Maintain a long-term relationship with you, which facilitates efficiency of service (with no additional employee headcount).
Become an integral part of your management team by being available for ongoing advice and guidance as regulatory laws evolve and change over time.
Understand how to get deals done efficiently and at a cost that makes business financial sense.
Whether you are just starting a new company, running a multi-generational family owned business, or already have a large established corporate enterprise with hundreds of locations internationally, we grow with you and meet your legal needs every step of the way.