Small Business Legal Representation
Manuel Diaz Law Firm – small business attorneys you can trust
Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC offers legal counsel to small and medium businesses. Whether your business is a start-up or is already established, large or small, all businesses are constantly confronted with new legal issues and challenges. We assist clients in understanding, addressing, and managing their business needs as they grow and change. It is important to have attorneys you can trust and that will be there when issues important to you and your business arise.
We assist our clients in all aspects of their business, which include: entity formation and planning; business disputes; contract review, negotiation, and drafting; purchase/sale agreements; litigation; dispute resolution; business contracts and agreements.
We advise our clients throughout the life of their business. We help with the formation of businesses, draft bylaws and operating agreements between the owners, review and draft contracts for use with employees and other third-parties, represent clients in contract disputes, and assist with the sale or dissolution of a business. We will work closely with you as your business needs grow and change.
Having a great idea for a business is only the first step in starting a business. There are many common pitfalls that can be avoided by thoughtful planning. This is where we come in, we will sit down with you and help you turn your vision into a reality. Having a foundation in place when you start a business will significantly increase your chances of realizing sustained success.
Contracts and Agreements
At some point, every business must enter into a contract, whether with a customer, employee, or another business. Contracts are legally binding, and thus business owners need to understand the terms of the contract and ensure that they are sufficiently protected in the event of a breach or dispute. Having comprehensive and clear contracts is critical for success in business.
If you have any questions about a contract or would like to ensure that your contracts contain the provisions necessary to protect your interests, please contact us. We can review your existing contacts, draft specific or standard contracts for use in your day-to-day business, or represent you in a contract dispute. We will work with you to ensure that your contracts are complete and meet all of your needs and that you have a true understanding of the terms.
Some types of contracts that we assist our clients with include:
- Employment/Independent Contractor Agreements
- Purchase & Sale Agreements
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Debt Collection
Employment/Independent Contractor Agreements
Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements are important to establish, upfront, what the parties’ expectations of each other are, and to precisely identify the relationship and obligations between the parties. It is important to set out these expectations and promises in writing before a dispute arises.
These contracts must be carefully drafted and tailored to ensure enforceability. After all, what good is a contract that is unenforceable? We help our clients to understand or draft enforceable contracts before work/employment begins.
Purchase and Sale Agreements
Anytime a business is bought or sold, it requires attention to detail and a lot of planning. Are you purchasing/selling stock or equity interest in a business, or just the assets of the business? Is the purchase seller-financed, and if so how is the seller secured? Indemnification for liabilities? Is the seller agreeing to continue on as a consultant/employee? Should there be an agreement of the seller not to compete? We will advise you on these important considerations, and ensure that your contract contains all of the terms of the deal.
Probably the most important document is the purchase agreement. This contract details every aspect of the transaction, stating all of the terms of the deal, the parties’ corresponding obligations, and provides for remedies and dispute resolution mechanisms in the event of a default or breach.
Disputes between business partners can arise from a number of different situations, such as disagreements over strategic business decisions, money/valuation, sales of equity ownership, lack of performance, or deteriorating personal relationships. These disputes can be costly and negatively impact the ongoing business. We can help you resolve these difficult disputes and ensure that your interests are protected.
While ownership disputes usually cannot be altogether avoided, there should be agreements and mechanisms in place, before the dispute arises, which govern ownership disputes in a timely and low-cost manner. Most businesses with two or more owners should have company bylaws or operating agreements that set forth, by contract, the expectations, duties, and obligations of the owners and provide for how disputes are to be resolved. We can draft bylaws or operating agreements that are tailored to your specific business needs, and the needs of its owners.
Employment Disputes can take many forms, whether it’s wrongful termination, disputes over compensation, or accusations of sexual harassment claims. If you or your company has to deal with an employment dispute, it is vital that you have a lawyer who can help you resolve the dispute.
Business owners invest a lot of time and money ensuring that their business is protected by insurance. Some insurance is required to be maintained, while other insurance is for peace of mind and risk avoidance. You pay premiums to insurance companies to protect your business. When the time comes for a claim to be made, you expect to receive the benefit for which you bargained. If your insurance company is giving you the runaround, or your claim has been denied, we can help
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Business Planning has many aspects, including formation, business plans, agreements governing the ownership and operation of the business, employee handbooks, deciding when and how to bring in new owners or buy out existing owners, estate and succession planning, selling or transferring all or part of the business to third parties, creating relationships with third-party entities or individuals, and dissolving a business. Each aspect of the business requires thoughtful planning and execution. Our experienced attorneys can advise and assist you with your business planning needs.
- Operating Agreements & ByLaws
- Shareholder Agreements
- Buy-Sell Agreements
- Succession Planning
Bylaws perform the same purpose as an operating agreement but apply to corporations. Because corporations are required to hold annual shareholder meetings where the directors and officers of the company are elected, it is important to adopt bylaws that govern the calling and conduct of meetings, shareholder voting rights, and shareholder dividends.
Buy-Sell Agreements are legally binding agreements between business owners that set forth the terms upon which one or more owners may buyout another owner’s equity interest upon that owner leaving the business, divorcing their spouse, passing away, or becoming incapacitated. Alternatively, the company may be granted the right to redeem the shares, instead of the other owners purchasing the shares. This is important where the owners want to be partners in business with each other, but with the other owner’s spouse, heirs, or some unknown third-party. The buy-sell agreement may provide for maintaining life insurance to cover the cost of a buyout in the event of an owner’s death.
Hiring an attorney is important when obtaining the proper licenses for your business. Most importantly, they will assist you in making sure that you have all of the proper licenses, protecting you and your company from unknowingly violating the law. In addition, they can also help you in applying for and obtaining the license while you focus on the other aspects of your business.
Dallas Law Firm For Construction Law
Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC represents general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in a variety of construction-related matters. We review, draft, and negotiate construction-related contracts; resolve job and contract disputes; obtain full and timely payment and retainage; resolve payment disputes and handle mechanic’s and materialman’s liens; resolve lien disputes, and offer advice and counseling on all aspects of commercial and residential construction.
- Contract Disputes
- Subcontractor Agreements
- Mechanic’s Liens
Business Formation & Incorporation
Oftentimes, entrepreneurs will have a great idea, and all the motivation needed to start a successful business, but they don’t know the advantages and disadvantages of selecting a particular type of entity for their business. There are both legal implications and tax implications for each entity’s choice.
One of the most important decisions facing anyone starting a new business is the choice of business entity. We will explain the differences between a limited liability company (LLC), C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Partnerships, and other entity choices.
With the right information, you will be able to organize your business in a way that best suits your needs.
- Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- C Corporations
- S Corporations
- Non-Profit (503C)