Business Law

Friday, February 23, 2018

Partnership Agreements: The Essentials


As with corporations, when two or more people form a partnership or limited liability company, it is imperative that they enter into a partnership agreement, setting forth some very essential elements of their relationship.  Doing so will go a long way toward avoiding confrontations down the road.

One important item to include in a partnership agreement is the expectation of the time and effort expected to be contributed by each partner.  It is also extremely helpful to include a description of the duties each person will undertake and be responsible for. For example, it could be stated that each partner is expected to contribute 30 hours each week to the affairs of the partnership and is prohibited from engaging in other work activities outside the partnership.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Four Reasons Why You Should Have An Attorney Review Your Lease


Clients often think it a waste of time and money to retain an attorney to represent them in connection with leasing space, whether it be space in an office, a warehouse, or an entire building. More often than not, however, an attorney can obtain important concessions for the tenant, many of them monetary in nature.  For example, real estate tax escalation clauses and annual rent increases can prove onerous and can often be negotiated, thus saving the client money.

It is also extremely important for a client to understand fully the implications of some important, yet typical clauses which are contained in a commercial lease.  For example, if the landlord will not permit an assignment or sublet of the space, it is extremely important to know that, in the event there is a business downturn and one needs to cut costs.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Starting Your Own Business: The Basics

Embarking on a new business enterprise is indeed exciting.  While it is tempting to move quickly to build the business, it is imperative that the owner/operator  take care of certain details early on.  Doing so will help to ensure eventual success.  

After initially setting up the corporation or limited liability company, it is important to turn one’s attention to the contract issues which typically confront businesses.  Perhaps the first one which needs to be tackled is the commercial/office lease.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

How to Prevent Collection Problems

It is indeed troubling when you experience a payment problem after having exerted your best efforts to render valuable services or deliver high quality goods to a customer.  Aside from the annoyance caused by non-payment, there are obvious financial repercussions as well. Fortunately, there are a number of steps one can take to minimize payment problems.

Of course, requiring potential customers to sign a simple contract with you before goods are delivered or services are rendered will help in avoiding disputes.  A contract also serves to remind the customer of his or her payment obligation and conveys to the customer that you treat your business (and payment) seriously.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Expanding & Growing Your Business: How to Avoid the Pitfalls

It is certainly an exhilarating and rewarding experience to witness the expansion of your company!  The growth may involve the hiring of additional personnel, the acquisition of computer and telecommunications equipment, the obtaining of additional customers or suppliers, and/or the addition of new product lines or services.  Being prepared for the possible legal issues which may emerge as a result of your business expansion will ensure that the experience is indeed a rewarding one.

If your company is doing business with customers or suppliers outside of New York State, the terms of the contracts which you utilize in conjunction with your dealings with them become ever so important.  For example, as a general rule, your contracts should not only be clear and unambiguous so that disputes can be avoided, but they should specifically contain provisions which state that New York law governs and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of the New York courts.  Inclusion of such language may deter the commencement of legal action by your customers or suppliers.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Partnership and Shareholder Agreements: An Absolute Necessity

Successful business owners often work long and hard, focusing all of their efforts on building and expanding their businesses.  Often, owners have partners who work together amicably toward the common goal of achieving success. As a result, having a partnership or shareholder agreement in place is usually not a priority. 

The best opportunity for people to negotiate an agreement to provide for business succession is when they are working together in a cooperative fashion.  We have all heard about and seen too many situations where business owners worked together for many years successfully and then an owner becomes disabled, dies, or decides he or she doesn’t wish to work in the business any more.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Five Things You Should Consider Before Choosing a Law Firm for Your Business


Of course, the best way to find a law firm for your business is by referral.  Therefore, one should ask family, friends and business acquaintances for a recommendation.  In the absence of that, business and networking organizations are a good source, along with the internet.  No matter how you get the information you are looking for, before choosing a firm, there are a few important factors to consider.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to Minimize Litigation in the Workplace

There are some very simple steps an employer can take in order to  reduce the occurrence of employment-related litigation.  Of course, the employee selection process is the first place to start.  Employers should not make promises to prospective employees (or even current employees) without first giving thought to the consequences of doing so.  Being honest and straightforward and not committing to any future promotions, salary increases and the like, even if done verbally and not in writing, is extremely important. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Drafting Consulting Agreements

It is common for businesses, especially those just starting out, to hire consultants on  a part-time basis, to provide a range of needed services.  If properly done, these consultants will be treated as independent contractors, and not employees, thus saving the employer from a host of legal obligations that would otherwise arise if one were to hire and/or treat someone as an employee.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Everyday Contracts: Avoiding the Pitfalls

   We all get inundated with paper work, both at the office and at home.  It seems that everywhere we turn we are being asked to sign contracts for things like telephone systems, office equipment, marketing and advertising services, computer services and office space.  The business owner, busy with running the company, is bombarded with so much paper, that it is almost impossible to give contracts more than just a quick glance before signing them.

   Most of the agreements we are asked to sign appear to be standard, boilerplate contracts. Unfortunately, many of them contain clauses designed to trap the unwary.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Non-Disclosure and Non-Compete Agreements; How to Use Them Effectively


It is essential that business owners have employees sign non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, in order to protect their intellectual and proprietary information from competitors and others.  The best time to have employees enter into these agreements is when the employee is first hired.

A typical non-disclosure agreement is one where the employee agrees not to release confidential information that has come into his or her hands during employment.  Clearly, a business owner has a keen interest in protecting this information from customers, suppliers, and competitors.  Non-disclosure agreements are also typically used when a business is looking to be sold and is entertaining potential purchasers and even investors.

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