Business attorneys assist companies by providing legal services and advice with the operations of the company. This includes, but is not limited to, structuring the company, dealing with employment issues, preparing partnership and/or shareholder agreements, and ensuring that the company itself is in compliance with applicable business filings and regulations.
Additionally, business attorneys assist companies with the following issues:
The process of starting a business
Are you considering between a LLC, a C or S Corp, or another business type? The structure of the company is important, and, with the proper business law advice, you may avoid later costly issues.
Contract Disputes & Breach of Contract
Unfortunately, it is inevitable when there are disputes relating to a contract. This may include a breach of a real estate contract by a buyer or seller, a customer not abiding by the terms of a commercial contract, issues relating to commercial leases, employee terminations, and nonpayment. A business lawyer reviews the contract and the totality of the circumstances, and guides you through your options which may include negotiation or bringing a lawsuit if necessary.
Trademarking, copyrighting, or patenting your products or services will help you maintain or even create your brand. Your customers will know that you invented the product which, in turn, may provide you with consumer recognition that is valuable. Learn more about our Intellectual Property Services.
Business attorneys create all types of contracts which not only involve internal employment forms but also deal with specific clients. For employees, what forms do you need when hiring employees? Are there confidentiality, non disparagement, non solicitation provisions? Client contracts depend upon the particular client. For instance, these include, but are not limited to, purchase and sale agreements, real estate agreements, waivers, and releases. Needless to say, business lawyers can help draft contracts that are tailored to meet your specific business needs.
If you are starting a company, the business entity you choose has not only legal but also tax implications. As business attorneys, we can provide you with legal guidance as to choosing a legal structure, whether it is a C or S corporation, sole proprietorship, or professional association. Further, if you are merging, adding a partner, or dissolving your company, our business attorneys are able to provide you with your legal options.
Acquisitions, Buy-outs, and Mergers
Should you consider buying out a competitor, acquiring another company, or joining forces with another organization, our business lawyers will provide legal guidance throughout the process, and answer any questions that you may have.
Disputes relating to real estate and property
If your business owns or leases property, we, as business lawyers, can assist in navigating the legalities. In addition, business attorneys negotiate sales and commercial leases, offers, purchases, breach of contracts, cancellation of contracts, and other real estate and property disputes. Learn more about our breach of real estate contract services.
Is it common for Business Attorneys to appear in court?
While business attorneys deal with the operations of your company, there are times when we are called upon to act as expert witnesses. For example, a seasoned business contract attorney may be hired to provide expert testimony concerning a business real estate question.
Further, due to the multitude and complexity of issues businesses have to deal with when operating, some business attorneys will handle business litigation.
At Oppenheim Law, our business lawyers focus on preventing business litigation by providing legal advice and strategies to avoid future litigation as much as possible. However, if litigation is required, our attorneys have over 80 years of collective litigation experience.
What are the reasons a business should consult a business attorney?
Even the most simple business transactions can lead to misunderstandings that may be costly for a company to resolve. A quick consultation with a business attorney may prevent or significantly mitigate many of these issues.