Orlando Small Business Attorneys – We Will Help You
Grow Your Business and Achieve Your Goals

Hiring a small business attorney is one of the most important steps you can take to help ensure the long term success of your business. You need an attorney that fully understands the challenges and limitations of running a small business.

Many small business owners delay working with an attorney until there is a legal issue at hand. This is a fundamental and often times expensive mistake. Working with a small business lawyer from the inception of the business ensures the legal infrastructure necessary to protect you and your business is in place.

By owning and running a business; whether your motivation is profit or non-profit, you expose yourself to a lot of risk. The job of a good small business attorney is to help you successfully achieve your business goals while at the same time helping you understand and manage the risk involved in achieving those goals.

If you have never worked with an attorney to assess your business operations, you could have serious hidden legal issues. Waiting until there is a lawsuit or other legal problem to occur before having an attorney review your business operations could have catastrophic results.

When you hire Walsh Banks Law, you gain access to trusted, experienced Orlando small business attorneys for strategic legal and business counseling, as-well-as for addressing any general legal issues that may come up during the regular course of doing business.

For more information about how we can help your small business succeed call us at (407) 259-2426 or Click Here To Email Us

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Common Legal Services We Provide Small Businesses

Our small business legal services are designed to help small business owners overcome the day-to-day challenges of operating a business. Our goal is to help you succeed. We do a lot of different types of legal work for small businesses. The following legal services are those that we provide to small businesses on a routine basis.

Outside general counsel – Most small businesses can’t afford to have in-house full time legal staff. However, some small businesses have regularly occurring legal matters that need to be addressed. Retaining an outside general counsel is generally a much more affordable alternative.

Starting a business During the business start up process there are a lot of decisions that have to be made that can have serious, long lasting legal repercussions. Start your new business on a strong legal foundation by working with a small business attorney through the startup process.

Review commercial and retail leases Commercial leases can be complex and contain subtle wording that can lock you into an unfair situation. Missing subtle clauses, ambiguous wording can be costly and place an unfair amount of liability or responsibility on your company.

Negotiate commercial leases We can help you negotiate lease terms that are fair and do not put you or your business in jeopardy3.

Review business contracts and legal documents Don’t sign a contract before you know what you are getting yourself into. Protect your business interests. Understand your rights and obligations and what you are getting yourself  and your business into . Make sure the contract says what you think it does.

Negotiate contracts – You know your business objectives and goals. Having us help you negotiate a contract will  make sure the appropriate terms and conditions are included in the contract to achieve those objectives and goals.

Draft business contracts and prepare legal documents Contracts are the bedrock of any business . Sales agreements, vendor contracts, employment offer letters and contracts, service contracts, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, just to name a few, are all part of the legal foundation that is crucial to the success of your business. Properly written contracts and legal forms will help avoid future disputes.

Buy or sell a business – Whether you are buying or selling your business, we can represent you throughout the entire purchase or sale process. We will draft, review and negotiate sales contracts. We will also assist you in completing due diligence on the business being bought or the the person purchasing or selling the business. Lastly, we can provide escrow, closing  and settlement services.

Corporate maintenance The preparation and retention of documents relating to business decisions, annual meetings, and corporate resolutions, along with staying compliant with filing proper reports and forms with the Florida Department of State. Failing to maintain these corporate records and file the proper reports could invalidate the liability protection the business entity structure provides.

Legal audits and risk assessments As your business expands, hires new employees, adds services and products, leases equipment /office space, and enters into contractual agreements, your legal exposure changes. When you know what your legal obligations and liabilities are they are far easier to plan for and mitigate. We believe it is extremely important for businesses, especially fast growing and changing small businesses, to conduct an annual legal risk assessment, or legal audit. Legal audits help identify legal needs relating to compliance, structure and day-to-day operations, or a change in business strategy or goals.

Business succession planning If something happens to you or a business partner what should happen to the business itself? Having a buy-sell agreement in place can help you avoid being stuck with a partner you don’t want.

Develop human resource policies – Develop human resource policies and procedures that comply with state and federal regulations. Drafting and editing employment handbooks.

Close a business – Businesses close every day for a lot of different reasons. But, if a business is not closed properly, then owners, shareholders and officers can be exposed to unforeseen future financial and legal liability.

Litigate business disputes Unfortunately, no matter how well you plan and prepare, disputes will occur. Going to court and litigating a business dispute is not something we take lightly. We have over 50 years combined litigation and court room experience. If all else fails, we are prepared to go to court and vigorously defend your rights and interests.

When To Hire a Small Business Lawyer

At the end of the day, whether you are an Orlando small business owner, an entrepreneur starting a new business, or are a larger corporation, your business lawyer is there to help reduce the risk of running a business and avoid legal liability.

Ideally, you should work with a lawyer from the very beginning; before you sell your first widget, before you sign your first service agreement, before money is involved. Hiring a business attorney early in the planning stage will help prevent and avoid future legal issues. That’s right; you should get legal advice while you are developing your business plan.

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Work with a small business attorney early on in the business formation process to make sure your business starts on a strong legal footing.

A business plan is your road map. Your attorney can review your business plan and point out areas where there are legal risks; develop legal strategies to reduce that risk and work around the legal liabilities, and help you avoid pitfalls that could have serious legal repercussions.

If, for whatever reason, you did not retain a lawyer early on, you should have your lawyer conduct an audit of all your current legal documents; including, incorporation paperwork, commercial leases, sales agreements as-well-as any and all contracts, so they can advise you on your current legal liabilities and risk exposure.

Whether or not you worked with a business attorney early on now is the time to get your legal house in order. Don’t wait until you are being sued by a disgruntled employee. Don’t wait until you get into a business dispute or somehow get stuck in a non-compete situation. Not taking action now could cost you in the long run.

What Does a Small Business Attorney Do?

Unless you are hiring us for a one off transaction, like a contract review, a commercial lease review, or something of that nature, the first thing we would want to do as your small business attorney is to review all your business formation documentation and conduct a legal risk audit. to make sure the necessary documentation and policies are in place to limit legal liability. We would also want to review all contracts and commercial leases to make sure you are fully aware of your rights, obligations, and any potential risks.

However, if you are starting a new business the first thing we would want to do is to make sure the company is properly structured. The legal structure you choose for your business will be dependent on a number of different circumstances. The end result could be an number of business structures. The most common of which are; Sole Proprietorship, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and S or C Corporation.

Once the legal structure is determined we, as your small business attorney, will put together the documents that are necessary to properly form your company. It is very important that these documents are done correctly. If not, the corporation may not protect the owners from liability. If shareholder and other key agreements are not properly established and executed then there could be legal repercussions if one of the founders leaves or the company is sued.

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A business attorney can review your business plan, advise you of the potential legal liabilities and risks of running your business, and provide solutions to mitigate those risks.

Once the legal structure of the company is properly established we will want to lay the groundwork for a strong legal foundation. Under what terms and conditions will you do business? For instance, your terms of sale agreement defines the service you are doing for the client or the product that is being sold, how much it is being sold for, how payment is to be made and any number of other conditions. This is a basic type of contract. You will want to work with your business lawyer to make it specific and iron clad.

As your business becomes more successful, there will be more opportunities. Some of those opportunities will come with greater risk. As your small business attorney we can review the relevant contracts for you, and make sure that the agreement, as you see it, is clearly established. We can also help negotiate and draft those contracts to make sure you are legally protected.

As your business grows running it will become more complex. Adding employees, leasing or purchasing new business locations, warehousing, distribution agreements, all add layers of complexity that can have legal repercussions. Working with a lawyer as your business grows will help you successfully prepare for potential future legal issues that could affect the operation of your business.

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As your business becomes successful there will be more and better opportunities available. Work with a small business attorney to make sure your business is able to capitalize on those opportunities, and still protect your rights and interests, without adding undue risk.

You may decide to buy another small business or its assets, decide to merge with another business, or decide to sell your business. A small business attorney will be able to guide you through the purchase or sale process, assist with the due diligence process, draft or review the contracts and assist in the settlement process.

At some point you are going to want to exit your business. What that exit looks like will depend on the circumstances. Whether you are selling the business, retiring and looking to transfer ownership, or simply closing the business you will want to work with an experienced small business attorney. If when you started the business a Buy/Sell agreement was put in place, along with other succession planning agreements, the path for exiting the company or selling your interest in the company will already be outlined and relatively straight forward. If not, issues regarding your exit from the company could end up being litigated in court.

How Our Small Business Attorneys Can Help

At Walsh Banks Law we work with many different types of businesses at different points in their life-cycle. From the beginning pre-startup and launch phases, through growth and expansion phase, and, at some point, the sale or dissolution of the business.

We work with many small business owners on a wide variety of business law matters; from forming, buying, and selling businesses, negotiating contracts, drafting vendor agreements, as-well-as succession planning. We have over 50 years of combined business litigation experience, so we can confidently litigate even highly complex business disputes.

Do you have a legal question regarding your small business?

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790 N. Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 259-2426
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Walsh Banks Law is a boutique law firm located in Orlando, Florida. We specialize in business law, real estate law and commercial litigation.