Business Law

Business Law

For many people, owning a business remains the American dream. If you have realized that dream, or are in the process of getting a business off the ground, it is imperative that you have the advice and assistance of an experienced California business law attorney at every step of the way from start-up through dissolution. Bad legal advice — or no advice at all — can turn that dream into a nightmare.

Business Start-Up Services

After the decision has been made to pursue owning your own business, the next decision that must be made is what type of legal structure your business will take – sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or one of the various hybrids. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the various options is critical to the decision making process. At Sowards Law Firm we help entrepreneurs in San Ramon, Santa Cruz and throughout Silicon Valley with the formation of a wide variety of business entities such as:

  • Subchapter C-corporation formation
  • Subchapter S-corporation formation
  • Limited liability company (LLC) formation
  • Partnership formation (including LLP)
  • Stock purchases
  • Asset purchases
  • Joint ventures
Business Acquisitions

Once your business gets off the ground and is doing well you may decide it is time to expand. That, in turn, may include business acquisitions. Having an experienced business law attorney to advise your business at this junction ensures that the acquisition will be accomplished with terms most favorable to your business. It also ensures that all local, state, and federal laws are duly considered during the negotiations and in the final agreement.

Preparation and Review of Business Contracts

During the life of your business you will likely negotiate and enter into hundreds, if not thousands, of contracts, including:

  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Service contracts
  • Releases and waivers
  • Property agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Lease agreements

Working with an experienced business law attorney during the creation and negotiation of these contracts will dramatically reduce the likelihood of costly litigation down the road.

Business Dissolution

At some point you may be faced with the need to dissolve your business or you may need to re-structure your business because a partner or owner wants to sell out. Business owners often fail to realize that the manner in which you dissolve a business is just as important as the manner in which you create the business. Often, existing partnership or corporation documents must be consulted, and the terms adhered to, when a business dissolves or re-structures. Failing to consult with an experienced business law attorney during this stage can result in protracted and costly litigation after the fact.

The San Rafael business law attorneys at Sowards Law Firm assist businesses of all sizes with issues relating to business law and LLC preparation throughout California. Contact the office today by calling 408-371-6000 or by filling out our online contact form to find out what they can do for you and your business.