Whether you are starting a new business or expanding the one you’ve built, you need an experienced legal team that can strengthen the foundation of your business. Having our team at Hackler Flynn & Associates take the reins on key primary elements, such as business contracts, gives you all of the benefits you would achieve by having a traditional “in-house legal counsel” – but at a fraction of the cost.
What kind of corporation should you set up for your business, and why? How do you limit your company’s legal expenses while protecting yourself? How do you trademark your business name and/or logo in the right way to protect your intellectual property? These are just some of the questions you may have before starting up your company and we are here to guide you through them.
Formation of a Corporation, LLC or Partnership
Forming a business entity may include drafting articles such as bylaws, operating agreements, or partnership agreements. We can help you obtain your Employer Identification Number (EIN) and file the statement of information. For a corporation, we can also create stock option plans and agreements (when relevant) as well as prepare any related documentation to ensure your business foundation is compliant from the start.
Founders, Operating, and Limited Partnership Agreements
As soon as you start your business, it is vital to have agreements – such as licensing and confidentiality agreements – in writing, especially if you are going into business with more than one person. Our attorneys can assist in drafting these agreements to strengthen the foundation of your business.
Employment and Consulting Agreements
Employment agreements, employee handbooks, and independent contractor agreements (only if appropriate) are all vital as soon as you hire your first employee – or begin working with an independent contractor. We are here to draft these for you so you and your business are protected.
We offer commercial contracts services, including the drafting of service, partnering, vendor/supplier, and reseller agreements. We also help in the creation of the terms and conditions that go in the invoices your company sends out.
Our corporate governance service centers around matters of the board of directors and stockholder/voting agreements. We also ensure your corporate board minutes are up to date and, at the very least, completed annually.
Mergers & Acquisitions
We prepare the letter of intent and participate in the due diligence checks, including (but not limited to): review of company finances; employee agreements and wage and hour liability; intellectual property; and pending litigation involving the acquiring and/or acquired company and its potential risks.
After the due diligence checks, we help structure the acquisition or merger, including: drafting the definitive and non-compete agreements; handling representations and warranties; transferring of technology and intellectual property licenses from one entity to another; and any other documents required to satisfy the closing conditions.
Our team provides advice concerning the drafting, negotiation, and performance of contracts for the sale of a business, including public offerings and the sale of the company’s stocks and memberships in a private offering.
We negotiate, draft, and review of all types of contracts and agreements associated with the activities of the business, including distribution, manufacturing, licensing, outsourcing and other agreements.
When we become your legal counsel, we offer four principal benefits in which we:
Develop an in-depth familiarity with your business, culture, and legal needs.
Maintain a long-term relationship with you, which facilitates efficiency of service with no additional employee headcount.
Become an integral part of your management team by being available for ongoing guidance regarding regulatory laws.
Understand how to get deals done efficiently and at a cost that makes business financial sense.
Looking to acquire a business?
Fill out our form to download our Due Diligence Checklist that goes over all the documents you’ll need when acquiring a business:
- Antitrust and Regulatory Issues
- Licenses and Permits
- Intellectual Property
- And more
Whether you are just starting a brand new company, run a “mom & pop” business, or already have a large established corporate enterprise, we are here to grow with you and meet your legal needs.