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Why hire a business attorney?

BUSINESS LAW SERVICES

Services we provide to our Silicon Valley business owner clients at The Baner Law Firm include:

  • Business entity selection and formation (LLC, C-Corp, sole proprietorship and non-profit). Choosing the correct business entity is important when it comes to tax issues, asset protection and avoidance of liability.
  • Buying a business/ Asset and stock purchase. Acquisitions can vary in size, scope and structure, and it’s imperative to have an attorney who can help you negotiate favorable terms and make sure the risks you’re taking on are reasonable.
  • Registering a trademark and addressing copyright issues. The trademark application process is one that, per the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has numerous legal requirements and strict deadlines. An attorney can help you be certain your time and money aren’t wasted. Copyright lawyers can help make sure your valuable works of authorship (i.e., product designs, computer software, film, sound recordings, writing material, etc.) are protected to the greatest extent possible.
  • Joint venture, business partnerships, operating agreements, merger agreements, articles of incorporation and bylaws. Partnership structures, incorporations and bylaws can affect many aspects of the business, from taxing to establishment of fiduciary duties to liability. We help you in the confidence you are receiving a fair deal and your business model is sound.
  • Partnership disputes. When a business partnership goes south, whether because of breach of contract or over disagreements about how the business should be run, an attorney can help you formulate the most effective strategy for a favorable outcome.
  • Buy-sell agreements. Sometimes referred to as “business wills,” these agreements are a plan for the death, disability or other departure of business partners.
  • Intra-family business disputes. Although any partnership disagreement is challenging, those involving family businesses are among the trickiest to navigate, as there is the potential for serious damage to the value of the company as well as to important relationships. We work to resolve these disputes in a manner that is as effective, efficient and collaborative as possible.
  • Contract review, contract drafting and contract negotiation, including employment contracts, government contract negotiation and real estate contracts. Do-it-yourself contract negotiation rarely ends well because there are so many considerations that must be made. You can use an online legal service for a fraction of the cost, but that comes with the sacrifice of quality – and risking your preparation and protection.
  • Employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks. Agreements between employers and employees or company and independent contractor can be oral or implied, but having a written contract is preferable. Written contracts clearly outline the responsibilities and expectations of those involved.
  • Website agreements, including terms of use, privacy policy and disclaimers. Given that so much commerce and commercial exchange occurs online, having clear terms and conditions, privacy policies and other disclaimers is a necessity for many businesses.
  • Business Litigation.  We try to do our best to reduce the chances of litigation, but understand that in some cases, litigation is inevitable. We will help you litigate your business dispute, breach of contract or partner dispute.

We recognize that many small business owners may be concerned about costs of attorney fees, especially when there is no legal requirement to hire a business lawyer for some of these processes. However, a good business attorney is an important investment.

When your counsel helps you lay the proper legal foundation for your business and is available for periodic or regular consult on issues as they arise, you reduce the personal and professional risk of costly disputes, including litigation. Most business owners find working with our legal team ultimately saves them time and money and protects their most valuable assets. What’s more, a business owner’s energies are better spent focusing on the business, rather than trying to comb through statutes to determine their rights and obligations.

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