BUSINESS FORMATION & LITIGATION
Before any business can open its doors, proper legal formation is necessary. Whether that business is a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, corporation or other entity, it must be registered with the State, file organization documents, and abide by certain legal requirements. An experienced attorney can counsel you on which business entity will be most beneficial, draft formation and organization documents and agreements, and obtain a federal tax identification number for the new business.
Even after formation, legal issues may continue: Will your business lease space? Will your business rent space to another? Will your business hire employees? Will it purchase materials or equipment? Will it enter into contracts for construction or other work to be done to its space? An attorney will negotiate and review contracts, draft employment agreements and handbooks, and advise you on business practices.
When disputes arise between businesses and their members, customers, vendors, competitors, and other individuals or entities, swift action is necessary. Business litigation encompasses contract and tort claims, including:
- Fraudulent transfers
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Breach of Contract
- Deceptive trade practices
- Bad faith and unfair dealing
- Partner and shareholder disputes
- Misrepresentation – by business, manufacturers and/or consumers
- Interference with existing, or potential, business relationships
The law firm of Fick & May routinely forms businesses and counsels business clients. We represent business clients of all sizes, from sole-member LLC’s to large corporations with dozens of employees. We initiate lawsuits, and also defend business clients when lawsuits are filed against them.