Business Law

Our firm advises and represents companies and entrepreneurs with a broad range of business related services.  We advise our clients on business law, start-up assistance relating to the formation of an entity, and assist with buying or selling a business.
 
Business Startup Services

Starting a business requires thorough planning. Our firm assists business owners in the formation of legally sound business entities and helps entrepreneurs devise business strategies that help them achieve their goals.  We advise on the business startup and formation process including issues related to selection of entity type and jurisdiction.

Our practice includes providing services in the following areas (as well as many others):

  • Choice of Entity – Sole proprietorships, limited liability companies (LLCs) partnerships, corporations
  • Entity Formation - Formation of new business entities including limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and other business entities, and the drafting of agreements amongst their owners
  • Elections regarding taxation of entity – S corporations, disregarded entities, partnerships, corporations
  • Purchase or Sale of Business Assets
  • Purchase or Sale of Business Stock
  • Small Business Plans
  • Operating Agreements, Corporate Bylaws, Shareholder Agreements and Partnership Agreements
  • Buy Sell Agreements
  • State, Local and Regional licensing requirements
  • Minority Business Enterprise Applications
  • Application for Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)

We also consult with business owners and draft shareholder agreements or partnership agreements as part of the entity formation process.

Buying and Selling Businesses

Our firm can guide business owners in the multi-stage process of buying or selling a business including:

  • Advising on the structure of the transaction
  • Negotiation of terms and drafting of the deal memorandum
  • Advising sellers on legal strategies to address issues raised during the due diligence process
  • Advising buyers on conducting legal due diligence
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating the extensive documentation involved in a business transaction, such as asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements and security agreements
  • Purchase or Sale of Franchises
  • Review and Negotiation of Franchise Agreements

Preparation and Review of Business Contracts

Our firm consults with business owners to draft, review, and negotiate contracts related to various business activities, including:

  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Lease agreements
  • Service contracts
  • Releases and waivers
  • Property agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Customer and Clients Contracts
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Commercial Leases

Jo Ann Koontz

joann@koontzassociates.com 941-225-2615