Business Services

 
 

We handle a variety of business-oriented transactional matters. Click on the specific topic to learn more.

  • Business Formation

  • Business Contracts

  • Liquor License and Hospitality Industry Compliance

  • Real Estate Contracts

  • Outside General Counsel

  • Trademarks, Service Marks, and Copyrights


Business Formation

Whether you want to form a simple limited liability company (LLC) or set up a corporation with multiple shareholders, we will handle the heavy lifting for you.

In any business venture, the first and most important step is having an idea: a business owner has to have that initial idea to get the public’s attention and maximize their investment. However, the second and an equally-important step is forming the business. Forming a business — whether its a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), limited liability partnership (LLP), corporation, or professional association — gets a business owner’s idea off the ground. It’s important to choose the right type of business entity that protects the business owner from personal liability while allowing the owner to grow their business.

We take pride in clients choosing our firm to help them during a very exciting moment of their lives: forming a business. We will not only form the business entity and ensure the necessary documents are filed with the appropriate government offices, but also work through a simple checklist of items to ensure the business’s compliance the federal, state, and local laws.


Business Contracts

One of the common reasons why business owners end up suing or being sued by another person is because of a vague contract (or no contract at all). Business owners — contractors, restaurant owners, landscapers, landlords, among many others — should spend considerable time ensuring their rights in writing in the form of a contract before doing business with others.

Our firm provides thorough contract interpretation and review, as well as contract drafting. We transform antique legal jargon into an easy-to-read document. We also draft form contracts for businesses that engage in recurring work, like general contractors performing construction services on residential property or commercial property; just fill in the blanks, and have both parties sign.

A thorough business contract will better explain the parties’ rights and obligation, and may keep you out of court. A business contract is a must for any business, big or small.


Liquor License and Hospitality Industry Compliance

Most owners of bars, concert venues, clubs, and restaurants need a liquor license to serve beer, liquor, and wine on their premises. There are strict requirements and permits that must be sought from federal, state, and local authorities before the owners of these businesses can legally sell alcohol to the public. Sometimes, hospitality business owners have obligations to seek permits from the government for special events and festivals. Additionally, breweries, distilleries, and wineries have heightened licensing obligations. In limited circumstances, hospitality business owners and their employees may face criminal charges for underage alcohol sales, false identification, among other criminal offenses.

We take the stress out of operating a business within the hospitality industry. Hospitality industry businesses should put their focus on maximizing their potential, and let us take care of the legal and administrative work.


Real Estate Contracts

Contracts for the leasing, purchase, or sale of real estate are important for both the buyer and seller. A good real estate contract spells out every party’s rights, and contemplates for all events that could happen in the future — good or bad.

Our firm can comprehensively draft or review real estate contracts and related documents. We also perform due diligence checks in the County Auditor’s office and County Recorder’s office, and facilitate the filing of deeds when necessary.


Outside General Counsel

Do you have a business that needs recurring legal services, but not to the point of hiring an in-house general counsel? Our Outside General Counsel services is the answer to that question.

Sometimes, your business may need contracts reviewed or drafted. Other times, your business may need a legal opinion before embarking on a new business venture. We are your general counsel. You have the flexibility of having a business lawyer on standby when and where you need it. We will act as your outside general counsel for a flat, monthly fee.


Trademarks, Service Marks, and Copyrights

All businesses start with an idea. How does a business owner protect that idea? The quick answer is trademark, service mark, or copyright registration. Trademarks, service marks, and copyrights are forms of intellectual property: creative ideas that distinguish, identify, and promote something unique. Trademarks and services marks distinguish a business’s good and services from other other goods and services. Copyrights protect original works of authorship, such as a song, sound recordings, artistic works, software design, and architecture.

It is important for business owners to not only assert their intellectual property rights, but also register their intellectual property with the appropriate government offices. Our firm helps protect business’s intellectual property rights, allowing the business to prosper and thrive.