Pawlina Law specializes in business law. By understanding tight timelines and limited budgets, we can help you navigate complex transactions related to starting, expanding, or selling your business. By assisting you with making informed business decisions and by having things done properly from the outset, we can save you time and money in the long run. We can advise you in a wide rage of services, including:
Choosing a business structure
One of the first things you will need to do is decide on the business structure that best suits your needs. There are additional business vehicles available for entrepreneurs in addition to corporations. These business vehicles include partnerships and sole proprietorships. Pawlina Law can advise you on the how to properly structure your business vehicles, the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a specific business vehicle, and the reporting requirements of various business vehicles.
Pawlina Law can help you choose the correct form of business (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) based on the number of people involved, the type of business, tax issues or liability concerns, and financial requirements. We can also help you draw up the necessary legal documents that set out the terms of any partnership or other shared ownership. These legal documents will provide your business with the necessary certainty to allow you to grow and prosper. This will also help ensure that all parties will be treated fairly, and that there is a mechanism for handling any disputes or disagreements.
Buying or Selling an existing business
Pawlina Law can assist you with buying or selling an existing business, you may have to decide whether to use an asset purchase agreement; where only the assets of the business are sold, or, in the case of an incorporated company, a share purchase agreement; where the shares of that company. With any business purchase, you should have a buy-and-sell agreement, signed by both parties, that spells out the demands and obligations of each, as well as the terms of the agreement (for example, non-competition provision).
Leasing commercial space
There are a number of things to consider before signing a commercial lease. As a lease can be one of a business’s largest expenses, your business will want to make sure that it covers relevant terms, and that it is suitable to your businesses needs. For example, you will want to know what is required of you if you ever wish to break your lease or expand your business. Pawlina Law can give you advice on potential pitfalls or costs that may be incurred, before you sign on the dotted line.
Drawing up contracts and agreements
Every business has different needs and will require different agreements between customers, vendors, suppliers, employees, and contractors. Pawlina Law can assist you in negotiating, drafting, and implementing legal contracts and agreements in areas such as:
- Partnership Agreement
- Licensing Agreement
- Share Purchase Agreement
- Asset Purchase Agreement
- Franchise Agreement
- Employment Agreement
- Independent Contractor Agreement
- Purchasing or obtaining a mortgage
Seeking equity financing
If you plan to seek equity financing for your business, it is important to obtain legal help in drafting and negotiating the terns of the shareholder agreement and/or to review the legal documents provided by a potential investor. Pawlina Law can assist with your business obtaining equity financing. We can also help you assess the impact of any new shareholder agreement on other obligations and existing contracts with employees, suppliers or financial institutions.
Disagreements between business partners
Unfortunately, disagreements between business partners are extremely common. Unless these disagreements are resolved quickly and effectively, the business survival can be put at risk. Fortunately, Pawlina Law has extensive experience in helping resolve disagreements between partners. Whether operating as a partnership or corporation, Pawlina Law can advise your legal rights and obligations. Most importantly, we can advise you on how to constructively and amicably end a business relationship.