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PRACTICE AREAS

CORPORATE LAW

Establishing and operating a corporation properly involves more than form annual minutes. Missteps can lead to the loss of the liability shields enjoyed by corporations, leaving directors and shareholders exposed to liability. As outside general counsel to corporations ranging from start-ups to large enterprises, we serve as trusted advisors for corporate matters, including shareholder and board actions, stock sales, buy-sell and shareholder agreements, corporate governance, employment matters, succession planning, and contentious removals or forced buy-outs. Our close relationships with corporate clients creates a constructive dynamic where clients are unafraid to pick up the phone at the first sign of trouble, heading off issues before they become expensive problems.

TRUSTS AND ESTATEs

When a loved one passes away, the legal requirements of administering the trust or probate estate can be overwhelming and fraught with liability if done poorly. We work with executors and trustees to manage the requirements of proper legal notice, careful asset collection and inventory, creditor management, and ultimately distribution to beneficiaries. Being an executor or trustee is time-consuming and not often easily understood. We work closely with our administrator clients to help carry the burden and guide you through the process.

ESTATE PLANNING

Estate planning is one of the most foundational, yet sometimes overlooked, aspects of a long-term plan to achieve a family’s wealth transfer and asset protection goals. We work closely with clients to draft wills, trusts, advanced healthcare directives, powers of attorney, and other more sophisticated planning tools that fit each unique family dynamic, tax situation, and succession strategy. This is done in connection with family businesses to create generational succession plans, utilizing legal entities as appropriate. While death and taxes may be the only certain things in life, your family will not face them with uncertainty when you have a plan.

NONPROFIT LAW

Those that do good should do it well. Nonprofit organizations form the backbone of many societal goods; however, the rules and regulations can be complicated. In many cases, organizations are so focused on their mission that they don’t know certain rules exist at all. We partner with organizations of all sizes to build a solid foundation of operational compliance so that you can focus on the good you do. Our nonprofit practice includes startup 501(c)(3) or other tax-exempt organizations, as well as regulatory compliance matters with the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, or Attorney General.

REAL ESTATE

Real estate is part of most family or business operations.  Our real estate practice consists of guiding clients in the purchase, sale, or leasing processes. We provide a variety of services, including negotiating and drafting letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, easements and licenses, drafting leases, and financing documents for agricultural, commercial, and residential properties. We also offer more specialized counseling to clients structuring and financing development projects, as well undertaking 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, or facing complex property tax reassessment issues.

TAXATION

We assist clients with property tax, estate tax, and other business tax considerations that are implicated by the estate and business transactions with which we help our clients. Working closely with accountants, bookkeepers, or other financial advisors, we provide tax research and opinions, and tax guidance for business and estate transactions.

BUSINESS FORMATION and STARTUP

Starting or running a business can be one of the most rewarding risks a person undertakes, and we thrive on being trusted advisors in that process.  We have first-hand business experience, which allows us to provide experienced solutions, that are both legally sound and pragmatic. We counsel clients regarding entity selection and formation, operation and management, financing and capital structure, and organizing subsidiaries and holding companies. For ongoing businesses, we assist with formation and governance cleanup, restructuring, mergers, and sales. We specialize in providing outside general counsel services to seasoned businesses that desire a closer, more consistent relationship, but cannot afford their own in-house legal department. Working closely with your business allows us to be part of your team and always have your back.

CONTRACTS

Carefully considered written contracts are critical for your business.  Whether you have a purchase and sale agreement, lease, nondisclosure agreement, employment agreement, or other contract, the terms you agree to by signing can have a profound effect on your deal.  We provide contract review and drafting services for business or personal maters.

INDUSTRIES WE SERVE

  • Agribusiness – Farms and Ranches
  • Construction
  • Architectural and Engineering Services
  • Craft and Creative Industries
  • Medical
  • Bioenergy
  • Real Estate
  • Startups
  • Nonprofits