Contract and Business Transaction
You have your business up and running and things are going well. But now you find yourself in need of more detailed contracts, you are interested in merging with a competitor, you need to file a trademark or copyright, or perhaps you would like to bring in some additional partners/shareholders/members in to the business. Nowakowski Legal PLLC’s Contract and Business Transaction Practice provides full service counsel to our clients that have already created and established their business(es), but require additional assistance with the day to day legal hurdles that tend to arise. While this section does cover a broad gambit of legal items, the bottom line our clients should be aware of is this; if you have a contract and/or transactional legal issue related to your business, our office has the knowledge and experience to assist you in navigating your way through it.
Such areas include, but are not limited to, the following:
As your company expands, so will it's need for new and different employees. Suddenly, your faced with hiring employees for divisions of your company that you never even thought would exist. These new and unexpected employees are going to need specialized employment contracts to define how and where they fit in to your business; after all, you don’t want your head engineer signing the same contract you have your fresh faced college intern signing do you?
Nowakowski Legal PLLC is capable of preparing any type of employment contract you may require, and will take care to make sure it includes the language necessary to protect your company (and of course to provide your new employee with terms of his compensation). From general employee hiring contracts to specialized contracts specifically designed for that high profile employee you’ve been targeting for months, Nowakowski Legal PLLC has got you covered.
As your company grows, so will the demand for your services and/or products. The agreements you used with your vendors/clients/etc. to begin with may no longer be capable of handling your new demand. Perhaps you have a new potential client that wants very specific terms placed in to a contract before she/he will agree to do business with you. Essentially, you just can’t keep using the same form contracts you initially relied upon when you opened your doors; you are going to need more on point and specific contracts for the new and different deals you will be entering in to.
Nowakowski Legal PLLC is fully capable of preparing, reviewing and/or negotiating any and all vendor/client contracts as you require. We will prepare each contract to your specification and will strive to make sure that you are satisfied with every agreement your business enters in to.
Trademarks and Copyrights
A trademark is the words, phrases, designs or symbols that represent or easily identify your company. Customer confusion over a trademark and the origin of goods and services is reputation damaging and allows for the dissolution of consumer goodwill. A copyright on the other hand is a protection that can be placed on an authors original works of art such as in literature, music, poetry, film, etc. Simply put, a copyright protects items that are intangible, but that can be placed in to medium.
Nowakowski Legal PLLC provides you with full-service trademark and copyright counseling, protection and enforcement. We are ready to assist you and your company in protecting its image and its original works of authorship.
Your business is doing phenomenally! But now you have other professionals asking if they can invest or buy in to your company as a shareholder or a member; most often, they will want to review your company's business documentation including your bylaws/operating agreement/corporate documents/etc. Maybe you were the only owner and didn’t think bylaws or an operating agreement was necessary, or maybe you did have them put together, but you did not anticipate certain disputes or situations that you now find yourself faced with in bringing on more investors. Simply put, as a business expands, the original terms of your business agreements will likely need to expand with it. This means you will need legal assistance with amending or creating your company’s internal documents.
Nowakowski Legal PLLC is fully capable of amending and/or creating your company’s bylaws/operating agreement/etc. to fit your company’s specifications. We will work closely with you to make sure that your internal regulatory documents cover all your business’s needs.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Is it time for your company to grow? Are you wanting to buy out another competitors business and add their strength to yours? Maybe you have a friendly relationship with another business owner whose interested in acquiring your company for a more than fair price. Simply put, your in need of some M&A assistance.
From conducting due diligence and structuring the transaction, to working with regulators, from preparing deal documentation and disclosure schedules, to integrating workforces and distribution channels after a transaction is closed, Nowakowski Legal PLLC is there to help this transaction occur as efficiently as possible.
Nowakowski Legal PLLC represents all categories of participants in M&A transactions, including buyers, sellers, major stockholders, management team members, individual investors, and others. Whether it’s friendly, hostile, or maybe somewhere in the middle, we are there to help your company with all of its M&A needs.
Ongoing Business Entity Requirements
Every year it happens, you forget to file your company’s annual report, maintain your company’s minutes, or forgot to register a change to your business name. Each different entity type has specific ongoing filing and documentary requirements. Sometimes it is just helpful to have someone available to assist with insuring that you timely and properly update, file and maintain your entity’s required records. Other times, it is good to simply know that you have an attorney available to prepare all the necessary documentation and walk you through the formalities of your company's compliance requirements.
Nowakowski Legal PLLC is fully capable of assisting with any and all of your ongoing entity filing requirements.
Commercial Collections and Mechanic's Liens
You’ve sent letters, called their office, followed up, but still that one pesky client has not yet paid. Businesses need to make money to keep running, and sometimes your clients need a reminder that agreements are meant to be kept. When you need to enforce a contract for payment, Nowakowski Legal PLLC is there to assist you. We will make sure that your non-paying client is aware of their monetary responsibility toward you, and if they still refuse to pay, will pursue legal recourse against them on your behalf.
Additionally, we are able to assist construction based businesses in notifying, filing and pursuing mechanic’s liens against non-paying contractors, owners, etc. In the event that this is an option for your company, please be sure to contact our office as soon as possible as most states place a very strict time requirement on notifying, filing and pursuing mechanic’s liens.
Regulatory Compliance (SEC, EPA, OSHA, Etc.)
Regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration expect you to adhere to their rules and regulations. Failure to do so can lead to some pretty hefty fines and/or penalties.
Nowakowski Legal PLLC has experience in maintaining compliance, negotiating with, and defending against regulatory agencies that affect businesses.
Dissolution of an Entity
Hey, sometimes it doesn’t work out. Or better yet, maybe everything went as planned and now it’s time to cash out. Either way, you want to shut down your business, close your doors, and walk away. Nowakowski Legal PLLC is there to help you through the dissolution of your business.
Each business entity type has a different method of dissolution; a sole proprietorship is much easier to shut down than a corporation. Also, a voluntary dissolution is much less cumbersome that an involuntary dissolution. Either way, Nowakowski Legal PLLC is fully capable of assisting you with your dissolution needs.
Did we not mention a contract or business transaction item above that you need help with? No problem! Chances are that we can still help you and your company. Just contact our office and set up a free consultation and we can fully review your issue and give you an idea as to how Nowakowski Legal PLLC can assist you.
One of the founding principles of Nowakowski Legal PLLC is that we want our relationship to grow alongside your business. As your business reaches higher levels of success, and as your legal needs continue to increase, we hope to always be the law office you turn to when you are in need.