Business & Corporate Law

Trying to get your business off the ground can be hard enough, and trying to decipher which laws apply can add unneeded frustration to the process. Consult George Fletcher Law. His experience dealing with start-up businesses can help. He can advise you how federal, state and local laws pertain to your business.

Starting a business can be confusing. Let our attorneys help you evaluate your particular situation, and how to design an organization structure that suits your particular needs. George Fletcher Law is experienced with limited liability companies and will help you start or amend your LLC and explain the details of the limited liability structure.

• Is liability protection an issue?

• How many owners?

• Managed by Members or Manager

Determining the exact type of corporation you need to form can be tricky, because there are different options available. The skilled attorneys at George Fletcher Law can help you to decide which type is best for your needs.

Some Different Types of Corporations:

• S Corporation

• C Corporation

• Professional Service Corporation

• Non-Profit Corporation or Association

• Closely Held Corporation

• Public Corporation

It is generally necessary to hire a lawyer to help with business planning, even for small sole proprietorships. George Fletcher Law can provide you with valuable advice on how to run your business according to federal, state laws & local laws.

Buying or selling a business has significant legal and tax considerations. George Fletcher Law has the knowledge and experience to help you understand the potential consequences, and negotiate for your interests to make the most beneficial decisions fo you.

We enter into contracts every day for business and personal reasons. Some of these contracts are written, while others are oral. In every case, it is important that the terms of the contract are fairly negotiated, properly drafted, and reviewed to ensure the contract meets the intentions of the parties. George Fletcher Law can assist you in writing, reviewing and enforcing a variety of types of contracts.

The employment contract sets forth the terms and obligations of the employer’s relationship with the employee. Most employment contracts are negotiable. After signing the employment contract, the employee and employer are both bound under the terms of the contract. The employment contract often gives the employer some control over when they can terminate an employee. Similarly, an employment contract can provide the employee with a sense of job security if it is for a set term. If you are need of assistance with employment contracts, contact George Fletcher Law today.

Business succession planning is the process in which long-term needs are identified and addressed. The main concern in succession planning is in providing for the continuation or sale of business operations in the event that the owner or manager retires or suddenly becomes incapacitated or dies.

Many owners work a lifetime to build a business, and having a business succession plan is highly advantageous.You can make your own decisions about what to do with your life’s work, and not have it done by someone else after a death or disability.

Our attorneys have a working knowledge of various business and employment laws. We can help you plan.

There are two types of partnerships: General Partnerships, and Limited Partnerships. George Fletcher Law can assist you in setting up and managing both types of partnerships.

General partnerships are created when two or more individuals agree to create a business. Each partner contributes money, property, skill, or labor to the business and equally shares the business assets, profits, and losses. Limited partnerships are created by following the specific procedures set out by state statutes. Furthermore, many states and localities require businesses to obtain business licenses or permits before they can begin operation.

George Fletcher Law’s experience in law, business, and banking can help manage your risks in numerous areas:

· Legal Risk -Liability, Insurance, Lawsuits

· Operational Risk -People, Processes, Systems, Employees

· Physical/Environment Risk -Fraud, Theft, Safety, Disasters, Vandalism

· Financial Risk –Credit, Liquidity, Investments

· Market
 Reputational Risk –Ethics, Safety, Security

· Compliance Risk -Laws, Rules, Regulations

· IT Risk –Utility Disruption, Virus Hackers, Software/Hardware, Security