Business Entity Formation
Our attorneys can help you choose the best entity for your business including limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, or nonprofit. We also advise as to the various federal tax classifications that are available for your new business including being taxed as a partnership, C corporation, S corporation, or a pass-through entity.
Limited Liability Companies – We assist our clients by drafting and filing the articles of organization, operating agreement, and other documents necessary to get your LLC off the ground and running.
Corporations – We assist our clients by drafting and filing the articles of incorporation, by-laws, shareholder agreements, and other documents necessary to get your corporation off the ground and running.
Common Business Agreements
Non-competition Agreements – A non-competition or non-compete agreement or clause is extremely useful in protecting your intangible business assets including customer lists, trade secrets, and other private information key to your success. Our attorneys can assist in creating a non-compete agreement or contract provisions that protects your business and gives you the ability to enforce those rights.
Confidentiality Agreements – Confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements (NDA) are essential to protecting proprietary business information. Similar to non-compete agreements a well drafted confidentiality agreement will provide a business with the legal ability to protect its assets.
Independent Contractor Agreements – Depending on the circumstances it may be more appropriate to hire an independent contractor due to the nature of the services provided. An independent contractor agreement will ensure that the terms and scope of services being provided are clearly understood between the parties leaving little room for misunderstanding. We also provide legal advice to our clients in determining when an independent contractor might actually be considered an employee under IRS regulations.
Corporate Governance and Best Practices
Running a business can be time consuming and so legal formalities and nuances are often overlooked. We regularly advise our clients as to best practices when it comes to complying with Michigan law, limiting exposure to liability, and avoiding litigation.