Running your own business requires much determination, perseverance, and time. Business owners often have little time left to deal with the legal issues that constantly plague small businesses. Having an experienced business law attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the day-to-day operations of your business. Our business law attorneys can help you deal with a range of issues including business formations, taxes, finances, acquisitions, mergers, contract negotiations, employment and labor laws, and litigation.
Starting Your Business off Right: Business Formations
One of the most important decisions you will make early on concerning your business is which corporate entity to adopt. The corporate entity you select will impact your personal liability, taxes, ability to grow, control over the business, and level of management. Selecting and filing for a corporate entity should not be undertaken without the assistance of an experienced Florida business law attorney.
Some of the major types of business entities that you must choose between include:
- Sole proprietorship: This simple business structure allows an individual to conduct business by him or herself. While this common legal entity has the least formalities, it also offers the fewest protections.
- Limited Liability Company (LLC): LLC’s have become extremely popular in recent years. This hybrid entity combines the benefits of a corporation and a partnership. Your personal assets are protected in the event of a lawsuit if you use an LLC. It can, however, be tricky to offer stock options in an LLC and there is much paperwork involved.
- Partnership: Partnerships come in different types. The two most common are general and limited. General partnerships require the partners work together and jointly assume responsibility for debts. In a limited partnership, on the other hand, limited partners can provide capital but have no control over the company.
- Corporation: Corporations can be the best choice for larger entities or businesses that involve shareholders or investors. Individuals will not be personally liable for the debts of a corporation and there are some tax benefits.
Your licensed Gainesville business law attorney will evaluate your business plan and assist you in selecting the appropriate legal entity to start your new business off right.
Contract Negotiations and Disputes
Nearly any business will require extensive use of contracts, from contracts with daily vendors to complex agreements with joint venture partners. Working with attorneys who are experienced in contract law and will focus on your business objectives and legal needs can help achieve your objectives. Our business and corporate law attorneys can assist you in negotiating and drafting: buy-sell agreements; distribution contracts; non-compete agreements; commercial leases; mergers and acquisitions; stock and asset purchase agreements; employment contracts; intellectual property agreements; and nondisclosure agreements.
Contracts are designed to prevent future disagreements between parties by defining each party’s responsibilities and the terms of the agreement. Unfortunately, contract disputes arise with regularity. When you are in the midst of a contract disagreement, you need a skilled business law litigator by your side.
Unfortunately, disputes are part of doing business. Transactions fall through, contracts are misinterpreted or breached, and partners disagree. Lawsuits and litigation can be time consuming, expensive, and damaging to the goodwill of your organization. When you are faced with a business dispute, you need the assistance of an experienced business law attorney who will fight for your business’ best interests.
Our business law attorneys often litigate in matters involving:
- Contract disputes
- Wage and hour claims
- Commercial real estate litigation
- Tortious interference
- Partnership and shareholder disputes
- Non-competes and restrictive covenants
- Lender/borrower disputes
- Fraud and deceptive trade practices
General Business Advice
Whether you are just starting your business, looking to grow, or have been in business for years, you will likely run into legal questions that require the advice of an experienced business law attorney. Our business law attorneys can provide vital advice in the following areas:
- Business planning
- Business formation
- Business purchase
- Real estate
- Intellectual property
- Regulatory compliance
- And more
Seeking legal advice early on can help you avoid potential pitfalls down the road. Our licensed Gainesville business law attorneys can guide you through selecting the right corporate entity, help you secure that perfect office location, draft air-tight contracts, ensure your understanding of the tax consequences of your legal entity, protect your company logo and name, and much more. The success of your business starts with consultation from one of our skilled Florida business law attorneys.
Making the leap from local owners to national franchisors is a difficult one, but it can be achieved with the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable business and corporate law attorney. Our business law attorneys represent franchisors, providing valuable assistance that includes:
- The formation, expansion through acquisitions and joint ventures, of franchise systems;
- Guidance on marketing and distribution agreements;
- Dispute resolution (including arbitration, mediation, litigation, and bankruptcy);
- Franchise sales law compliance and monitoring of legislative and judicial developments;
- Representation in regulatory actions;
- Enforcement of franchise contract requirements, including quality standards, reporting duties, and restrictive covenants;
- Protection and licensing of trademarks, trade secrets, and service marks.
Our business law attorneys counsel your business to develop sound employment and personnel policies and procedures that will avoid potential liabilities and comply with complex local, state, and federal labor laws. Our knowledgeable business and employment law attorneys also represent employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters. Some of the disputes we handle include:
- Wage and hour violations
- Wrongful termination
- Confidentiality and trade secrets
Whatever your needs or personnel issues may be, our experienced Gainesville business and corporate law attorneys can help.
For Assistance with any Business Needs
For all of your business needs, retain the assistance of an experienced Gainesville Business and Corporate Law Attorney. Call our law office for your free consultation.