Business Law & Transactions

Practicing business law and transactions means representing entrepreneurs, buyers, sellers, corporations, and individuals interested in starting, expanding, or diversifying a business.

Anyone can start a business without using an attorney.  However, an attorney’s value is in helping guide you through the process of starting a business while avoiding potential, and costly pitfalls. In other words, the type of entity that you create has tax and legal liability consequences.  For example, do you understand the difference between being a sole proprietor and a domestic limited liability company?  The Luis F. Hess Law Firm can help advise, form, and register the appropriate business structure based on your needs and goals.

The work only begins once entity formation has occurred.  The next steps involve advising, drafting, and negotiating contracts with clients, independent contractors, and employees.

Are you looking to expand your business by bringing on a managing or silent partner?  Then your business needs to consider the terms in which an individual or corporation joins a business (e.g., shareholder agreements), the countervailing exit strategy (e.g., buy-sell agreements), and predetermining who and how one individual takes over the business in the event that a person or entity predeceases another (e.g., succession agreements).

The business of running a business involves more than just preparing and executing documents. It also involves making the necessary decisions to keep your business in operation.  It helps having a trusted legal advisor to provide advice ranging from day-to-day matters to thinking of the long-term strategy. The Luis F. Hess Law Firm helps provide representation regarding all matters related to operating a business.

Finally, are you thinking of buying or selling your company?  The Luis F. Hess Law Firm has experience representing buyers and seller in this matter.  Whether it is the negotiation or due diligence aspect of buying or selling, the firm can help provide the necessary guidance to make the best decision.

Business Counseling: We offer business strategy and guidance with all aspects of a business including human resources, regulation, and compliance to contracts.

Closing Held Businesses, Corporate Succession, and Business Dissolution: We assist in creating organizational structures, succession plans, and other business matters.

Employment Contracts: We represent employers in assembling employment agreements, independent contractors, non-compete agreements, and termination letters.

Entity Formation and Governance: When establishing a business, you need to understand how the form of entity you choose will impact your business. Whether the business is formed as a corporation or a limited liability corporation, we assist you in selecting the appropriate entity that matches your objectives.

Mergers and Acquisitions: We assist you in researching, negotiating, and executing business mergers and acquisitions. This also includes buy-sell contracts, franchise contracts, and business operation questions.