Over the years, the firm has advised individuals embarking on a variety of new business ventures. The firm's approach has been to first develop a thorough understanding of the nature of the business and then to advise the client how to incorporate the legal aspects of running a business into a carefully designed business plan. In the context of start-ups, the firm is frequently involved in:
- Exploring the tax and legal implications of doing business as a sole proprietor, a partnership, a limited liability company or a corporation.
- Recommending various asset protection strategies to shield the business owner from liabilities that arise in connection with business operations.
- Advising the client on the options available for capitalizing the business and the financial, legal and tax ramifications of each option.
- Compliance with state and federal licensing requirements applicable to the new business.
- The review of leases, contracts and other obligations entered into with third parties in connection with the formation of the business.
- The protection of intellectual property and other proprietary matters through Federal trademark and copyright registration, and confidentiality and noncompetition agreements.