Business Formation and Governance
All businesses need structure. The firm assists in the formation of small business entities by helping individual clients select the best organizational structure for their circumstances, preparing organizational documents and filing all necessary paperwork.
The firm also assists in the governance of small business entities by amending documents created in the formation process along with preparation and filing of annual registrations of businesses, drafting minutes for annual and special meetings and providing counsel with regard to business decisions and their legal effects.
General Business Counseling
Small businesses often need someone with broad experience to advise them. Bankers, accountants, insurance professionals and lawyers are able to help. The firm provides advice and counsel on numerous matters related to the formation and operation of a small business as well as the association of specialty counsel for matters outside the firm’s core areas. The firm assists with the selection of other appropriate advisers.
Mergers and Acquisitions
As businesses grow, they often purchase competitors. For other businesses, the owners sell their assets and retire. The firm helps negotiate and draft contracts for the purchase and sale of assets between small businesses and/or individuals who intend to begin a new business or exit an existing one.
Real Estate Transactions
All businesses need a location. The firm negotiates and drafts commercial real estate sale and purchase contracts, performs title searches, facilitates real estate closings and provides general advice regarding commercial lending transactions, specifically where real estate is an asset used to secure the loan.
Estate Planning and Probate
Succession planning regarding small business interests is one of the most important areas of necessary decision-making. The firm offers services in the areas of wills, trusts and other documents with relationship to the estate plans of small business owners and their families, specifically dealing with those matters necessary to properly transfer ownership of businesses that make up a large share of the business owner’s estate.
General and Commercial Litigation
In addition to transactional services, the firm is not afraid to protect its clients’ interests in litigation or arbitration. The firm has litigated matters involving contract interpretation and performance (including AIA Construction Contracts), real estate ownership and other matters.