1. Business Formation

 

When starting a business there are countless decisions to make. One of the most important ones is which type of entity to select. Taxation, liability, and management structure are three major considerations, among others. Aside from choosing the best entity for your business, drafting your bylaws, operating agreements, and other documents are part of the formation process. We offer guidance, counseling and ongoing support to help new, small and midsized businesses navigate the current legal terrain.

 

2. Trademarks & IP

What is IP? Intellectual Property is the intangible assets of value such as ideas and concepts. While you can express some ideas and concepts on paper or other tangible form, the idea and concept itself will forever remain Intellectual Property. Because you can’t simple protect this property by lock and key like tangible assets, it is vulnerable to compromise if the necessary steps aren’t taken. Copyright, Trademark, Patent, and specific contracts are the means of protecting Intellectual Property.

What is a Trademark? A trademark is legal protection of a word, phrase, design, or combination thereof that represents a company or product. When a trademark is properly registered, it prevents others from using similar words or designs that may confuse consumers as to the origin of the product or service related to the registered trademark. Not all marks will be registerable, and some will be afforded greater protection than others. Some of the variables that determine the strength of trademark and ability to register the trademark include the descriptiveness of the mark, the likelihood of confusion with an existing mark, and whether the mark is fanciful or arbitrary.

 

3. Litigation & Disputes.

Disputes can range from a breach of contract to trademark infringement or fraud. Disputes are very common in businesses, and can involve both internal and external conflicts. Internal conflict arises when there is a dispute between parties who are part of the company. External conflict involves at least one party outside of the company, such as vendors or contractors. Many disputes can be resolved without the need for formal legal proceedings, but often times, litigation will become the only option. We offer personalized representation to save you time and money, while taking measures to best protect your business or legal position. Our services range from drafting demand letters and representation during mediation, to formal litigation in Court.

 

4. Contract Law

involves the creation, formation, and review of agreements between two or more parties, as well as disputes arising from agreements between parties. Having solid contracts in place is imperative in business. Setting up proper contracts early on can prevent you or your business from expending tons of money down the road. While contracts cannot always prevent a dispute from arising, having properly drafted contracts that contemplate potential disputes can help ensure your success if and when a dispute does arise. We offer customized contract law work tailored to meet your needs.