Being an entrepreneur can be the start of an exciting career. However, simply having a great idea is not enough. Small business owners must understand the rules and regulations that govern the day-to-day operations of the business. At Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP, we proudly serve clients in Washington D.C. and Maryland.
We regularly advise and represent clients on issues that include selecting and forming an appropriate business entity, acquiring and selling of businesses, contract review and negotiations, and succession planning.
Our job is to protect and advise on the best interests of both you and your company. No matter the size, structure, or stage of life your business is in, we can provide you with the expertise needed to address your business’ legal issues and concerns.
Business Startup and Formation Services
Before you can properly begin a business, you need to decide on a type of entity to run. Depending on the overall goals of the business, the owners’ individual interests and the industry your business will operate in, choosing a proper entity formation can be a daunting task. Our attorneys are here to help you navigate the nuances associated with forming a business. We advise on the business startup and formation process as well as issues associated with the selection of an entity type and jurisdiction, including:
- Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
- Joint Ventures
We also advise on stock purchases, asset purchases, shareholder agreements, operating agreements and partnership agreements as part of the formation process.
Ongoing Business Services
Once you have a functioning business, it is imperative that you protect your business in its day-to-day operations with outside parties. In consultations with business owners, we review, draft, and negotiate contracts related to various business activities and opportunities, including:
- Buy-sell Agreements
- Service Contracts
- Property Agreements
- Shareholder Agreements
- Operating Agreements
If you have a question with regard to your rights under various contractual obligations, we can assist you with a thorough review and explanation of the rights and obligations that affect your unique situation.
An often over-looked element of business ownership is the exit plan. We advise our clients on creating a clear business succession plan and/or the process of selling or purchasing a business. We guide business owners through the multi-stage processes, including:
- Advising on the structure of the transaction
- Negotiating terms
- Drafting the agreements
- Advising and Conducting due diligence
- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating the extensive documentation involved in a business transaction, such as asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements and security agreements
- Establishing a secure plan for transferring ownership of the business within your family, friends or colleagues
Contact Our Business Law Attorneys
If you are in need of an attorney to advise and assist you with a business matter, please contact the attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP. We represent clients throughout the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our firm can be reached by phone at (301) 670-7030, by email, or by completing the inquiry for on our Contact page.