Business Law

Business Lawyer | AK Esquire

Your business, is our business. Let us help you.

A.K. Esquire’s commercial department represent businesses of all types and sizes from the very small (macro) business through micro, small and mid-sized up to companies with large revenues, providing services in a wide variety of business or endeavors, including:

Technology
Start up
Retailing
Wholesaling
Distribution
Financial services
Insurance
Manufacturing
Franchising
Services
Import-Export
Professions
Real Estate
Construction and design
Development
Other businesses

OUR BUSINESS AND CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS ATTORNEYS CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS WITH EVERY ASPECT OF BUSINESS LAW

The scope of our business and corporate law practice is broad, from the simple to the complex. Listing each and every area in which a Business lawyer provides services to a business would take up too much of your time to read. However, using the various stages of a business’ life, a healthy sample of the areas in which a business lawyer helps a business and its owners and employees include:

BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS FOR START-UPS

A.K. Esquire is sensitive to the limited resources that some start-up businesses are facing and helps business owners in directing the use of their funds and which actions the business owner can take himself/herself and which require the help of an experienced business transactions attorney. There is more legal work to be done than a start-up can afford in the beginning and our firm helps directly in the practical and economical use of the legal budget.

Business can use lawyers at various times, from the time of the idea to start or buy a business, through the years of operation and growth of the business, to the sale of the business or passing the business on to the next generation. This known as “cradle to grave” in the business world.

PREVENTATIVE LAW FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Business Law provides opportunities to prevent problems in the future by structuring the business relationship in a way that eliminates, or at least minimizes, disputes in the future, or provide a framework for resolving disputes that can avoid the need for business litigation.

BUYING OR SELLING AN EXISTING BUSINESS

Decision to buy assets or buy the company ownership
Structure of the new business decisions (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, other.)
Use of more than one entity; subsidiaries
Asset protection
Related estate planning
Formation of the new business; restructure of the old business entity
Issuing shares of stock/membership interests
Shareholder/member agreements
Articles/ bylaws/operating agreements
Minutes/written actions
Employee Identification Numbers (SS-4)
Sale Tax ID (DR-1)
Employees forms Form 941 or 944
Subchapter S Elections Form 2553
Business broker negotiations and agreements
Franchise agreements
Non-disclosure agreements (NDA)
Due diligence
Resolving due diligence issues
Indemnification for prior debts
Seller, bank or third party financing the purchase or sale
Business and personal collateral for financing
Refinancing
Personal guarantees
Letter of intent (LOI)
Purchase and sale agreement, schedules, exhibits
Business’ real estate purchase or leases
Matters critical to the business
Trade secrets
Patents
Contracts with key employees and suppliers
Non-competition agreements
Transfer licenses
Negotiations with government agencies
Coordinating with CPA’ s and business advisors
Supporting documents required for the closing
Closing the acquisition
Exit strategy and business succession plans

STARTING UP A NEW BUSINESS

Structure of the new business (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, and other.)
Asset protection
Formation of the new business; restructure of an old business entity
Shareholder/Member/Partnership agreements
Bylaws/Operating agreements
Direction on the steps needed to start a business and where to find help
Business Plan
Securing the location
Home business requirements
Fictitious names – Protecting the name
Financing
Contracts
Non-disclosure agreements
Non-competition agreements
Assist with insurance and other matters
Permits
Zoning

INVESTING IN AN EXISTING BUSINESS

Same buying and selling assistance from above
Agreements for the investment
Analyze existing control of the business structure
Changes to the existing structure
Representations and warranties
Control issues
Asset protection

OPERATING A BUSINESS

Collections
Breach of contracts
Contracts drafting and review
Employee issues
Creditor disputes
Resolution of disputes among owners
Protecting owners
Business litigation
Negotiating disputes
Regulatory issues
Financing/refinancing
Selling/buying assets
Customer/supplier bankruptcy
Agreements with other businesses and customers
Annual meeting/written actions/reports
Responding to claims against the business
Making claims by the business before litigation

MERGING WITH ANOTHER BUSINESS

Same buying and selling assistance as above
Merger agreement
Existing control structure of the business
Changes to the existing structure
Representations and warranties
New control issues
Asset Protection

REAL ESTATE BUSINESSES

Structure of the business decisions (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc)
Use of multiple entities
Asset protection
Financing/refinancing
Deeds
Mortgages
Leases
Tenant disputes before litigation
Landlord and Tenant Litigation
Purchase/sales
Clearing title defects
Title insurance
Foreclosures
Environmental issues
Zoning
Governmental regulation
Condominium documents and issues
Closing of sales and purchases
Boundary issues
Partition – splitting jointly owned property

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS

Close the door decisions
More formal going out of business
Negotiations with creditors
Bankruptcy
Dissolution
Liquidation
Statutory requirements

HIRE AN EXPERIENCED BUSINESS AND CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS ATTORNEY SO YOU CAN FOCUS ON RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS

Business’ clients deserve and expect to be represented by Business and corporate transactions attorneys with high-quality legal skills. They also need lawyers that are sensitive to the demands and abilities of the client’s business. A.K. Esquire makes it our mission to understand the client’s goals and to tailor our representation to a realistic and economical resolution. Business transaction lawyers should resolve, not create problems, and should not make it their role to kill the deal. Our client’s business’ wants and needs will drive the legal strategy.

about us

Mr. Alexander Karantzalis focuses his practice on business development, commercial litigation, breach of contract matters, property disputes, and general litigation. The Law Offices of A.K. Esquire PLLC offers clients the benefit of technical experience, a strategic approach and commercially focused solutions.

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