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Business Law

Business, or Corporate law, addresses a wide and varied range of issues which impact everything a business entity (whether corporation, limited liability company, partnership or some variation) may, and in many situations certainly will, face during its existence. Whether it is the initial meeting to discuss choice of entity and minimization of corporate or personal taxes, preparation of formation and governance documents, agreements between owners to restrict the sale and transfer of stock or to provide liquidity in the event of death, disability or other triggers (e.g., Buy-Sell Agreements), disputes between the directors or shareholders, contracts with employees, vendors and customers, financing matters, employment issues, the sale and purchase of divisions, assets or entire companies, a “corporate lawyer” should be consulted and involved in reviewing the options available to achieve your objectives.

The Law Office of E. L. Doheny, V, apc, we work proactively with our clients in bringing our years of experience in business not only to provide guidance in choosing which entity makes smart sense both from a tax and operational perspective, but explaining why a particular entity is preferable over others.

If partners, or other investors, are involved, additional documentation is advisable to memorialize the amount of investment, expectations concerning distribution, governance issues and management rights. Important to consider early on in the company’s existence is the advisability of a Buy-Sell Agreement, either where the company buys, or the other owners buy, the shares or interests upon a shareholder’s or partner’s death, disability or other separation from service with the company.

Our firm‘s experienced attorneys will provide you with comprehensive, personalized corporate law services whether you are incorporating a new business or you need counsel on any of the myriad of legal matters that come up during the life of your business. We specialize in helping small business owners and the owners of medium-sized businesses. Our business attorneys will guide you through the maze of laws and regulations that govern your business industry.

Start Ups
We assist entrepreneurs and new business owners in understanding and selecting the appropriate type of company, or “entity,” they wish to form, whether it be a standard “C” corporation, a Subchapter “S” corporation, Limited Liability Company, Partnership, or other entity, each type having its own tax consequences. We advise our clients on all legal requirements for their chosen entity type. Read more about what you should consider when choosing an entity for your company.

Established Companies
Once a business is established, The Law Office of E. L. Doheny, V, apc continues to provide ongoing counsel for matters of dispute resolution, financing, Buy-Sell Agreements, contracts, governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and more.

The Law Office of E. L. Doheny, V, apc also advises non-profit organizations, including obtaining federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and counseling clients on legal matters unique to non-profit organizations.

Corporate Services

This is a sampling of the corporate law services The Law Office of E. L. Doheny, V, apc provides to small- and medium-sized businesses:

  • “Choice of Entity” Considerations
  • Trademark Registration and Protection Actions
  • Copyright Protection and Defense
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Tax Issues
  • Non-Profit Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Financing
  • Shareholder Rights and Issues
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Board of Directors/Member Relations
  • Annual Meetings, Special Meetings
  • Governance Issues
  • Transfer of Interests
  • Asset Acquisitions
  • Mergers
  • Tax Free Reorganizations
  • Divestitures
  • Employment Agreements
  • Covenants Not-to-Compete (Non-Competition Agreements)

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