General Business Law
A wide selection of business and legal forms can be found on the internet. For a start up business trying to control costs, these “do-it-yourself” legal documents can be very tempting. However, not all of them are well drafted, nor do all of them conform with Maryland law. In truth, when it comes to writing and interpreting business contracts, there is a huge difference between what you can do on your own and what you should do on your own. Many business contracts require legal expertise to understand all of the legal ramifications of the provisions, and such expertise is well worth the minimal expense. For example, the legal fees involved in reviewing or negotiating a lease can be less than one month’s lease payment, and can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the lease.
Buying a Business
If you are considering buying a business, you don’t want to discover an unexpected surprise after you become the new owner. I work with buyers and sellers to structure business acquisitions with full disclosure of all relevant business factors. With a proper due diligence review, buyers and sellers can feel confident in a smooth transition of ownership.
Purchasing a Franchise
If you are looking at purchasing a franchise, experienced legal advice is imperative. Franchise agreements are written to favor the franchisor. Hiring an attorney who is familiar with these agreements can help you with negotiations and prevent you from making a very expensive mistake.
When you get ready to hire employees, as a lawyer that understands business law, I can design a written personnel policy that will protect you and your business. I will also work with you to create an employment agreement, with appropriate non-compete and confidentiality provisions, that will prevent misunderstandings in the future, and that will help ensure that a disgruntled employee does not damage the business.
Contracts and Legal Forms
When presented with a contract or legal form to sign, you will want to make sure that you are making the right decision. I will review these documents and make sure that you understand all the legal ramifications of what you are considering.
Find out how Kathy can help you with business transactions with a free consultation.
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