Experienced Florida Business Attorneys
Small businesses are what make this country the amazing place that it is. They are important to our economy, help foster diversity, and employ a lot of people. Anyone who runs their own business knows that it’s a rewarding way to make a living. But they also know that it can be challenging and requires a lot of hard work. Whether you are thinking about starting your own business and aren’t sure where to begin, have recently started your own business but want to make sure you and your business are well protected, or are experiencing issues you are not sure how to handle, and experienced attorney who is skilled in the areas of business law can help.
If you plan on starting a new business, we can help you construct a business plan and pick the right type of legal entity for your businesses. If your business is already in operation, we can assist you with drafting and enforcing the necessary contracts to avoid issues, help you negotiate deals with other entities, help you collect on that stubborn or unresponsive client who is avoiding paying you, and deal with any governmental regulation issues you may be facing. These tasks are critical to running a successful business and we understand that. Our style of representation is a partnership that relies on trust between us and our clients, and a close working relationship in which everyone is on the same page.
General Business Representation
Guidance and assistance with day-to-day corporate governance, required annual meetings and corporate transactions, serve as the registered agent for your company, help with handling various issues as they arise, counsel you about your rights, obligations and possible courses of actions prior to making any important decisions, representing you in court if someone files a lawsuit against your business, dealing with negative reviews, managing employees, and many more.
Contracts and Enforcement
Contract law is very complex and confusing. Only an experienced attorney will be able make your contracts as strong as possible and prevent issues for your company down the road. We advise countless potential and current clients who are dealing with significant issues that could have been avoided if their contracts had been strong and comprehensive. Unless you are a mechanic or know a lot about cars, you would not try to rebuild your car’s engine. Likewise, you should avoid trying to draft your own contracts unless you are an attorney or well-versed in contract law. Strong contracts cannot prevent all issues, but they can avoid and diminish issues before they become a serious problem.
Some of the contracts we can prepare, review and negotiate include:
- service agreements
- work orders
- agreements between general contractors and subcontractors
- partnership agreements
- partnership agreements
- joint venture agreements
- licensing agreements
- settlement agreements
- waivers and releases
- promissory notes
- distribution agreements
- employment agreements
- non-compete agreements
- non-disclosure agreements
- confidentiality agreements
- indemnity provisions
- notice provisions
- loan agreements
- operation agreements
- shareholder agreements
- lease agreements
- supplier agreements
- distribution agreements
- and many more
Business Entity Formation and Planning
The first step one takes when starting a business is one of the most important: choosing the right business formation entity. There are differences between the many different types and they all have different tax and personal liability factors. Consulting with an experienced Certified Public Accountant is just as important as consulting an attorney, and using them both well ensure that everything is set up to suit your company best. We can review your business plan, discuss your goals, and coordinate with your CPA to select the type of entity that works for you. Once this has been completed we will assist you in drafting the necessary legal documents to get you started. The types of business entities we can assist you in starting include partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations (S, C and PA) and limited liability companies (LLC).
Collecting Debts from Unresponsive Customers
As a business owner, there are few things more frustrating than when a customer becomes difficult or unresponsive after you have provided the service or product to that customer and it is now time to pay. Retaining an attorney to handle this matter for you will make this annoying problem go much smoother. Many unwilling customers become much more responsive and willing to pay what you are owed once they receive a strongly-worded letter from your attorney. This can help you resolve your issue in an efficient and also professional way. Not being paid when you are supposed to and expect to be paid can severely impact a small business and make it difficult to operate. If after receiving a letter from our office, the customer continues to refuse to pay, we will file suit. With a carefully drafted contract in place you may even be able to have your attorneys fees paid for by the customer if you ultimately have to take them to court to collect what you are owed.
Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts
Buying or selling a business, or buying out a troublesome partner, can be a difficult task with far-reaching implications, especially if not done properly. An experienced attorney can help you analyze your upcoming transaction or proposed terms, and help ensure that it goes smoothly with an outcome that is in the best interest of you and your company.
Hiring an Experienced Florida Business Attorney Can Help Avoid Future Hassles
The legal expertise, negotiating skills, level-headedness, and business acumen of a well-rounded and experienced Florida business attorney can help your small business in many ways. Let our expertise guide your business so that you can ensure that your business is running as smoothly as possible, that you are getting positive outcomes in business dealings, and that you are protecting you or your business now and in the future. Contact Gian-Franco Melendez at the Dolman Law Group to discuss your business law needs. You can reach us by calling 727-451-6900 or contact us online here.