Whether you are starting a business or have an existing small, medium or large business, proper planning and drafting of documents and agreements is key.
Apfelbaum Law can counsel and assist national and international businesses, small, medium or large companies, and entrepreneurs with the legal planning of business affairs throughout any stage of the company, and this planning can help prevent costly and time-consuming legal issues later on.
Most businesspeople hope they never have to be involved in a legal dispute. After all, it can be stressful, expensive, and time-consuming, and something both sides end up getting bad press. Worse, if you have to take your business associates to court, you’re probably not going to be working with them again in the future. Sometimes customers or other business associates might take the other business’ side.
Unfortunately, sometimes problems arise despite your best efforts to avoid them. If the actions of another party damage your business, sometimes taking legal action is the only solution. A breach of contract, for example, can be costly, and possibly damaging to a company’s reputation. A trusted employee leaving to start his or her own business after learning the trade from you can also cut into your profits. If shareholders or partners cause internal strife, their disagreements can bring the whole company to a standstill. If any of these situations sound familiar to you, it may be time to seek the advice of an experienced Florida business lawyer.
Other times, business disputes can be avoided by taking the appropriate steps early on. A non-compete agreement, for example, can protect you from the long-time employee suddenly setting up shop down the road and becoming your competition. A properly-worded contract written by an experienced attorney with a strong understanding of Florida contract law can save you time and money if it becomes necessary to enforce that contract in court. The same is true of a partnership or shareholder agreement – if it clearly spells out the responsibilities and obligations of each partner, or the bylaws that govern how much control shareholders have over a company, disputes between partners or shareholders can be solved much more easily, and it may be possible to avoid an expensive and time-consuming fight in court.
A Florida business lawyer can also provide you with peace of mind. Taking the time to discuss potential contracts, partnerships, and other business agreements with an attorney can help to avoid future disputes, and ensure your business is protected in the event that one is unavoidable.
If you need assistance with your business planning or transaction, or have questions about any potential legal matter, please contact Apfelbaum Law for a consultation.