Our Services

Every business, and every business owner, eventually comes to a moment where they realize it is time to add a business attorney to their team. This is typically in a reactive situation. We help entrepreneurs and business owners be proactive in protecting their brand and business in the following areas: entity formation, contracts, and legacy planning.

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Entity Formation

Starting and operating a business is much more complex than simply publishing a website or hanging a shingle outside a door. Adherence to existing business laws protects you, your financial investments, and your personal assets, while diminishing risk and opening the door to long-term success.

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contracts

We believe contracts are the foundation to all business relationships. We provide peace of mind by providing attorney drafted contract templates, customized contracts, and performing contract reviews.

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Trademarks & copyrights

You’ve worked hard to develop your brand. You’ve created a product or developed a service that is unique. You’ve invested time, money, and your reputation on building your business. Your intellectual property—your distinctive logo, tagline, package design, even your product name—are at the heart of your company. Don’t leave those precious items vulnerable.

 

Entity Formation

There are pros and cons of each entity form for your business. We help entrepreneurs and small businesses sort through not only the paperwork, but also the many factors that go into the decision of whether you should operate as a sole proprietor, a partnership, an LLC, or form a corporation. We will prepare the necessary formation documents to file with the State, bylaws or operating agreement, initial minutes, and acquire the tax identification number for your business. In addition, we can continue to counsel you and advise you on an ongoing basis to ensure all corporate formalities are complied with.

 
 
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what is the best legal structure for my business?

The four main types of business entities are:

  • sole proprietorships

  • partnerships

  • limited liability companies (LLC)

  • corporations (for-profit & non-profit)

Select the optimal structure for impact. 


Do I need an ein?

On the federal level, new business owners must learn if they need to obtain an employer identification number (EIN) and pay the following taxes:

  • Income Tax: All businesses except partnerships must file an annual income tax return. Partnerships file an information return. The form used depends on how the business is organized. LLCs have several options regarding how they wish to be taxed under the IRS “check a box” regulations.

  • Employment/Payroll Tax: When a business has employees, the employer has certain employment tax responsibilities they must pay and forms they must file. Employment taxes include: Social Security and Medicare taxes, federal income tax withholding, and federal unemployment (FUTA) tax.

  • Self-Employment Tax: Self-employment tax (SE tax) is a social security and Medicare tax primarily for individuals who work for themselves. An experienced business formation attorney can often help a business owner to minimize or eliminate self-employment tax.

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Contracts

Contract Review

Contract law can be confusing and complicated. Furthermore, the wording and formatting of legally binding documents tend to be perplexing to anyone who doesn't fluently speak legal jargon. As a result, any legal document with the potential to have a substantial impact on your finances, time or responsibilities should be reviewed. Any time you make changes to a legal document or your situation changes, a legal document review is also a good idea to ensure your interests are protected.


Contract Drafting

As an experienced attorney, I know exactly what provisions are essential to include and will draft a personalized, professional contract that perfectly fits your business needs and goals. Best of all it’s written in language that’s easy to understand. 


Contracts We Review & Draft

Client Policy & Procedures // Social Media Policies // Buy-Sell Agreements

Operating Agreements // Partnership Agreements // Corporation Bylaws

Vendor Agreements // Customer Agreements // Employee Agreements

Website Terms & Conditions // Privacy Policies // Cease & Desist Letters

Demand Letters // Non-Compete Agreements // Non Disclosure Agreements

Living Wills // Wills // Revocable Trusts // Financial & Healthcare Power of Attorney

Deeds

Don’t see what you need? No problem! Give us a call to discuss any other contract you may need.

 

The Process

 
 

consultation

We’ll connect one-on-one by telephone, video conference, or in person so that I can understand your business and contract needs. If you have an existing contract that you want me to make changes to, we will go over your goals and specific needs during the consultation.


guidance

Based on your needs, I’ll provide my recommendations for the type(s) of contracts that you need for your business. For existing contracts that you want revised and edited, I will make my recommendations for these edits.


contract Drafting & delivery

I’ll prepare the contracts which you’ll receive in a Microsoft Word format to review. After you’ve had a chance to review your new contract, we’ll connect again so that I can address any questions that you might have about your contract. Lastly, I will send you the final contract via Microsoft Word and in PDF format.

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Trademarks & Copyrights

Copyrights and trademarks are the two common ways business owners go about protecting their content. But do you know the difference between the two? The terms are often (incorrectly) used interchangeably, however they have their own set of laws and apply to different types of works.

 
 

Trademmarks

Federal trademark registration is a legal proceeding, so protecting your mark is definitely not DIY. The trademark application process is complex. If you’ve never gone through it before, it can be both confusing and frustrating. Whether you’re currently using your trademark in commerce or simply have the intent to use, I can clear up the confusion for you.

I streamline the process of trademark application, seeking the broadest amount of protection possible. I start with a search of the registry to see if your trademark is available. Once I’ve determined if it is, I follow up with comprehensive trademark applications, completing them and filing them on your behalf.

A USPTO attorney examines every application for compliance with federal laws and rules. If the application doesn’t comply, then the USPTO will send a refusal letter known as an Office Action. I will draft any responses to an Office Action.

If there are no objections from the examiner, or if you overcome all objections, the examining attorney will approve your mark for publication in the Official Gazette, a weekly publication of the USPTO. If you receive no opposition or overcome any opposition, your mark will be registered. 


copyrights

Typically, copyright protection is automatic once a work has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression, such as paper, magnetic tape, film, a digital medium, or some other material object. However, registration of the work with the Copyright Office is still necessary if you intend to bring a lawsuit in Federal Court to enforce the copyright. In addition, registration provides the copyright owner procedural advantages should an infringement lawsuit ever be filed, including the ability to obtain statutory damages and attorney's fees.


Trademarks vs. copyrights

Trademarks protect the expression used to identify and distinguish a product or service in the marketplace, such as names, logos, slogans, and other commercial signifiers.  

Copyright law protects "original works of authorship". Things like literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural and audiovisual works are just some of the types of work that can be protected by copyright laws.