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Practice Areas

General Business

Should we incorporate? Is there anything in this lease that will be a problem for us? What agreement should we have our customers sign? What do we do when a customer refuses to pay us? I don’t understand what these people are trying to do! These are common questions asked by business owners.

At some point in your business life, you will need the advice of an attorney. It is our hope that you will seek that advice before your question becomes a problem. Ultimately, it is more cost effective to properly draft a legal contract than to litigate a contract that is poorly written.

From organizing your business to financing options, lease agreements, real estate purchases, licenses, contracts, collections, personnel matters and government regulatory compliance, “going it alone” is like navigating a minefield. The first time to meet with an attorney should not be when you are drowning in problems.

Our law firm is also a small business. We face the same issues as other small businesses. You can be the best plumber in town, or sell the best computers, but if you don’t pay attention to the “business” of your business, you won’t be one of the last ones standing. And that certainly includes your legal business.

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Real Estate

If you are fortunate enough to be looking at either selling or purchasing real estate, either as raw land or with a building already in place, there are many complex real estate issues to be considered: Earnest Money Contracts, availability of financing, title issues, and property line disputes. A real estate purchase will probably be one of the major decisions of your life. Even before you speak to a realtor, you should talk with your attorney.

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Probate

The death of a loved one is never easy. Unfortunately, it is often followed by an endless stream of problems. Knowing how to resolve business and personal affairs following a death is one of the most misunderstood areas of law. Everybody knows just enough to offer advice, but none of that advice seems to solve the problems.

Contrary to popular belief, handling an estate does not have to be costly. With the proper guidance, most of the work can be done by the heirs, thus saving money. Sometimes, for various reasons, the best decision is to do nothing at all.

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Administrative Law

Our government is constantly increasing its regulation of the business world. This is not a political statement, but a simple fact. A government license in your particular profession is what keeps you in business; therefore any inquiry by your regulating agency is a serious matter. Administrative agencies, such as licensing agencies, are truly unique entities, and they are deceptively powerful.

The legislature empowers the various agencies to make, adjudicate and enforce laws. Most of the rules and regulations that govern your license are enacted by the agency that issued them. It follows that the agency has the authority to investigate potential violations and bring charges which are enforceable by fines, suspension or revocation of the license.

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Bankruptcy

The very word sounds a note of despair and hopelessness. It is a common belief that having to file bankruptcy means that all is lost. It is also thought that money owed to you by a bankrupt company is a certain loss. This prevailing assumption is simply wrong! With the proper legal guidance, bankruptcy can be a process by which you can actually save your business or your personal property.

As a creditor, the same guidance can possibly put you in a position to be paid the money owed to you or to recover property told to a customer that has had to seek bankruptcy protection. It will usually be in your best interest to seek legal advice no matter which side of the fence you are on.

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