Florida Business Law – Business Law Attorney
Business Law is the law that relates to business and commercial transactions and includes advising on and setting up new business entities, such as S-Corporations, Limited Liability Companys (LLCs) and Partnerships. Business Law also includes contract negotiating and drafting as well as business or commercial litigation.
This website was created to help clients and visitors understand and provide information related to the most common business law issues I deal with in my practice. Those topics include:
An Overview of Starting a Small Business
If you’re a small business owner and you operate in your own capacity or as a sole proprietorship, you will likely be personally liable for all of the debts and obligations of the business itself; if your business fails, you will go under with it. But even if you’re willing to create an artificial entity through which to run your business, where do you start? What entity do you create? How do you ensure that you have complied with all of the legal requirements for the establishment of your entity, such that its entity status isn’t in jeopardy and you’re not held liable for its obligations by default? And once your entity is properly formed, how do you ensure you are meeting Florida’s business reporting/filing and other such conditions, so as to be certain your entity won’t be judicially dissolved for your failure to do so?
Your best bet is to hire a licensed Florida attorney who is experienced in helping small business through the start-up process. Over the years, I have represented many clients who had shied away from the initial cost of hiring an attorney to form their business entities, only to have to pay me two or three times more in legal fees to get them out of a mess they have unknowingly created for themselves. Also, you should know that hiring an attorney to perform all of the required incorporation services on your behalf will likely cost you less than it would to procure each of the individual services from an online company. An attorney can, furthermore, advise you on the benefits of employing one entity structure over another when starting a small business, and assist you with the preparation of a shareholder/operating agreement, which is important if your entity will be owned by two or more people – so as to guard against misunderstandings/disputes later on when the company is making money. Finally, it is likely that your attorney will be familiar with local, state and federal laws, including tax issues and those relating to the procuring of important licenses (i.e. occupational licenses).
If you have questions about the information on this website or would like to have a discussion about your small business matter, please feel free to contact me by email or telephone, 954-458-8655, whichever is most convenient. The consultation is free of charge and confidential.