At Dutel Law Firm we understand that starting and managing a business demands a great deal of time, labor, dedication, and resources. It is our philosophy to advise our business clients and create documentation in a way that avoids litigation and assists the business throughout its evolution, planning for general ownership. From forming a business to transferring ownership interests, to handling any business disputes that may arise, we help clients with a wide variety of business matters. In addition, our experience in Estate Planning matters allows us to help business owners safeguard their business interests in the event of death.
We represent clients in the following business law areas:
- Business formation, including partnerships and corporations
- Business organization and governance
- Business dissolution
- Shareholder rights
- Sales and Acquisitions of companies
- Sale and purchase of business interests
- Employer/Employee issues
- Contract disputes
- Shareholder disputes
- Commercial disputes
- Partnership disputes
We handle business formations including partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies (LLCs). We can help you determine which form of corporate entity (i.e. corporation or LLC) best suits your needs, prepare all documents required by the Secretary of State for business formation, ensure these documents are properly filed, and assist with trademark and tradename registration so your new business gets off on the right foot. We can also assist your company with filing its annual reports and reports of any changes, for example, to report a new registered agent or a change of address.
Business Organization and Governance
The adoption of governing documents at the time of formation of your business, including bylaws for corporations, or operating agreements for LLCs, provides rules and a framework for smooth operations for the lifetime of your business. We also assist already-established businesses with amending their charters, finding solutions to troublesome governing documents, or adopting brand new ones if the business has none.
Sometimes the only solution to a business dispute or a failing business is to cut your losses and move on – our attorneys can help you evaluate the possible solutions and, if necessary, assist with business dissolution. Our legal team walks clients through all the legal hoops to ensure that their assets remain protected moving forward.
Minority shareholders in corporations often do not understand or exercise their shareholder rights, and majority shareholders sometimes do not realize what powers they can exercise; we can provide a review of the corporate structure to determine what rights shareholders have, and advise them how to legally exercise these rights, whether by a shareholder’s written consent, in a shareholder’s meeting, or by derivative action.
Sales and Acquisitions of Companies
Selling or acquiring a company is a complex process; our attorneys advise clients through every step of the process.
Sale and Purchase of Business Interests: We advise individual clients who are interested in selling or acquiring shares in a corporation, membership interest in an LLC, or a partnership interest.
Our services in this area include preparation and review of employment and other related contracts including confidentiality agreements, non-competes, non-solicitation agreements, compensation structures, and consulting agreements. These documents must be both carefully crafted and reviewed to avoid future conflicts, and our attorneys can help you or your company avoid these potential pitfalls.
When business disputes or issues surface, it is critical to have a committed, hardworking and caring attorney representing you so that the situation can be resolved efficiently and cost-effectively. With over 40 years of legal experience, collectively, we can guide you through even the most complex disputes so that your business can resume normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We stand by our clients and advocate vigorously on their behalf. We help to evaluate your situation and weigh the cost against possible benefit. When you succeed, we succeed.
We represent businesses and business owners in a variety of business litigation matters, such as:
Our attorneys help businesses resolve contract disputes including disputes with employees, contractors, suppliers, customers, competitors, and other businesses and individuals.
Shareholder and Member Disputes
Shareholders and board members in corporations, as well as members and managers in LLCs, often experience disputes between or amongst themselves – properly resolving these disputes allows businesses to continue to function productively.
Our business litigation practice includes commercial disputes and disputes between business owners in a wide range of fields.
We can help you address partnership disputes, with a focus on cost-effective and definitive resolutions.
Please contact us to schedule a business counseling consultation.