Auburn Business and Corporate Law
As a business and corporate law firm that has been serving entities in the state of Alabama for nearly six decades, our reputable attorneys have the knowledge and skill set necessary to competently represent your business’ best interests. Whether you are the owner of a long-standing and large corporation, or the founder of a small business or new start up, we are prepared to provide you with the experienced legal representation and advocacy you deserve.
Our Auburn Business and Corporate Law Practice Areas
Running a business is more than just offering a great product and superior customer service; there are a myriad of legal elements involved that require the knowledge of a professional. Indeed, even the smallest of errors as it pertains to business formation, labor law, taxes, and more can have serious consequences for a company. At the law offices of Haygood, Cleveland, Pierce & Thompson, LLP, our lawyers are skilled in a vast number of business and corporate law practice areas, and specifically have experience representing our clients in the following legal matters:
- Entity formation. Starting a new business is an exciting process, but it is not one that is free from legal hurdles. In addition to choosing and registering a name (which in itself involves legalese), new entities must understand the various business types, including Limited Liability Corporations (LLC), partnerships, sole proprietorships, corporations, and more. The type of entity that you decide to register your business as will affect things ranging from how you pay taxes to what your responsibilities are if your business encounters a lawsuit to who has decision-making power in your company and more.
- Contract formation. All businesses operate based on contracts, including verbal contracts, implied contracts, and written contracts. Some basic contracts that will affect operations include lease agreements, employee contracts, contracts with independent contractors and third parties from whom you buy/to whom you sell, and more. When you are entering into a contract, it is essential that your contract is reviewed by an experienced attorney who can ensure that it is written with your best interests in mind, and who can explain to you any duties you are obligated to perform per the contract terms, as well as benefits to which you’re entitled.
- Employee agreements and labor laws. While some businesses operate without the help of any employees, most businesses, including small businesses, hire at least one employee to assist them with operations. While employees can be a great asset, there are both state of Alabama and federal labor laws that employers must adhere to; if said laws are breached, the employer could face civil (and in some cases, criminal) consequences. These laws regulate numerous issues related to employees’ rights, including workers’ compensation insurance, fair wages, number of hours an employee can work, paid time off, discrimination and harassment, and more.
- Mergers, acquisitions, and buy/sell agreements. It is possible that over the course of the life of your business, you will choose to sell your business, merge your business with another similar business, or acquire another business, brand, etc. To help you understand your options when any of the above are on the table, consult with an experienced business attorney. Not only can an attorney help you to review your choices, but also provide you with legal counsel throughout the process.
- Dispute resolution. It is likely that at some point, your business will become involved in a dispute. The dispute may revolve around a breach of contract claim, a labor law issue, an internal dispute (i.e. disagreement between shareholders or partners), or could even evolve as a result of your business being sued by a disgruntled customer. Regardless of the source of the dispute, working with an experienced dispute resolution lawyer who will take all actions necessary to resolve the dispute while mitigating costs to your business (time, money, resources, etc.) is critical.
- Litigation. In the event that your business is involved in a lawsuit, you want an experienced litigator on your side who isn’t intimidated by the process of going to court, or going up against other talented and high-paid lawyers. Our Alabama business and corporate law attorneys comprise the exact team that you’re looking for.
The Benefits of Working with an Auburn Business and Corporate Law Attorney
Regardless of the size or scope of your business, working with an attorney who is experienced in the issues that are central to your company is highly recommended. A skilled business lawyer has knowledge of:
- Vocabulary, mechanisms, and technical nature of the multiple state and federal laws that govern businesses;
- Corporate finance and accounting;
- Tax issues and tax law for businesses;
- Contract law;
- Dispute resolution;
- Labor laws;
- Real estate and lease agreement law; and
This knowledge, combined with years’ worth of experience practicing business and corporate law, allows an attorney to:
- Explain to a business owner all legal issues that could have an effect on their business;
- Protect a business from potential disputes and legal ramifications through sound practices;
- Secure business success and profits through the creation of smart contracts, deals, and general business operations;
- Avoid disputes; and
- Resolve disputes and any other legal issues quickly and efficiently while minimizing fallout for the business.
An attorney can serve as general counsel–which means that they will be available to answer any questions you have when needed, and guide your business when decision time arises–or as an advocate if your business enters troubled waters.
Contact the Law Offices of Haygood, Cleveland, Pierce & Thompson, LLP Today
In addition to our nearly 60 years’ worth of experience, something that sets our law firm apart from the other guys is our continued dedication to the best interests of our clients. When you work with the law offices of Haygood, Cleveland, PIerce & Thompson, LLP, you will be hiring an Auburn business and corporate law attorney who prioritizes open, honest, and continual communication, and who works hard to resolve your legal issue in a prompt and effective manner. To schedule a consultation with our law office today, please call us at 334-821-3892, visit us in person, or send us a brief email telling us a little bit about your business and legal issue using our online contact form.
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