Business Law

Legal services for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and sole proprietors

Business Law

When you own a business, you may find yourself frustrated at how much time you waste dealing with legal issues. Too often, these regulatory, contractual, and governance issues can cut into time that you could spend growing your company.  

For businesses of all sizes, hiring an attorney to handle legal issues is one of the best possible investments. With the right lawyer, you can avoid legal headaches and develop a strategy to minimize liability while maximizing profits. Our law firm can help.

Daryl Reese Law provides tailored legal services to companies of all sizes in California. With a stellar reputation and the flexibility that comes with being a smaller firm, we can shepherd your business through the thorniest of legal issues. Give our law office a call today to learn more about how our business savvy approach can help your company thrive.

What Is Business Law?

The idea of “business law” may seem somewhat amorphous. The term is broad, covering a wide range of legal issues from tax law to intellectual property to contract law to bankruptcy. At its core, business law involves the creation of new companies and anything that may arise as businesses interact with each other, the government, and other companies.

A network of federal and state laws govern companies. Generally, state law covers the formation of a new business as a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or other legal entity. State laws may also regulate various aspects of the company’s operations, such as manufacturing standards or contract disputes. For example, California’s Proposition 65 requires businesses to warn Californians about products that contain certain types of chemicals.

Various federal laws also apply to companies, even if they exclusively operate within the state of California. This may include everything from corporate taxation to environmental regulations to workplace safety rules.

It can be difficult for any entrepreneur to know which of these state and federal laws apply to their business and how to comply with these laws. This is where a business law attorney can be invaluable. Their job is to advise you about your legal rights and obligations, and to counsel your executives and managers about the legal issues that affect your business. A business law attorney may focus on transactional issues – such as contracts, real estate, and private equity – or litigation matters (including lawsuits and other forms of dispute resolution). 

Of course, the role of a business law attorney extends beyond merely providing legal advice. A skilled lawyer will work with you to develop a strategic plan to minimize the potential for liability from lawsuits. They can also help your company avoid potential problems through careful planning. 

An experienced lawyer will also collaborate with your managerial team to explore ways to maximize financial growth. This can involve anything from taking advantage of changes to the tax code to lower your tax bill to protecting your intellectual property to helping you avoid regulatory violations.

Ultimately, the goal of any business law attorney is to protect your interests. A knowledgeable lawyer is incredibly valuable, as they can address most legal concerns that will inevitably arise as you conduct business. They can also steer you towards the experts and professionals that can provide guidance when something comes up that is outside of their wheelhouse.

Services We Offer

Daryl Reese Law is a boutique law firm offering a full range of legal services to businesses of all sizes. Our practice areas include:

    • Starting a New Business: there is a lot that goes into a decision to create a new company. We will work with you to help you understand how California law and related considerations will impact your proposed business.
    • Corporations vs. Limited Liability Company: helping you choose the right corporate form for your company, analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of each entity type based on your specific industry and goals
    • Bylaws and Operating Agreements: corporate formation requires more than simply filing Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. We will work with you to draft legal documents that allow your company to grow and thrive.
    • Shareholders, Directors, and Officers: a corporation typically includes shareholders, directors, and officers, each of whom plays a specific role in the running of the business. Our law firm advises companies on all aspects of corporate governance with a goal of maximizing profit and minimizing legal risk from issues such as breach of fiduciary duty, violations of securities laws, and shareholder derivative actions.
    • Partnerships: a limited, general, or limited liability partnership can be utilized by two or more people who want to run a business together. Our legal team will advise you of the benefits and drawbacks of a partnership and counsel you on issues that may arise over the life of the partnership.
    • Entity Formation: choosing how you want to operate is one of the most consequential decisions that you can make as an entrepreneur, affecting everything from personal liability for business debts to taxation. We’ll work with you to help you make a choice that best fits your goals.
    • Governance/Annual Requirements: companies have certain filing requirements under federal and state law. These requirements can be opaque and difficult to navigate. Our law firm can help you ensure that you comply with all rules and regulations regarding corporate governance. 

       

      Services We Offer

      • Governmental Reports: most businesses are required to submit various reports to state and federal agencies. We can counsel you on which reports are required, when they must be submitted, and guide you through the process.
      • Contract Drafting, Review, and Disputes: contracts are one of the most important legal documents that a business uses. These documents must be carefully worded, as a single word added or omitted can significantly change your rights and obligations as a company. Our business lawyers can draft contracts, review contracts developed by your employees, and assist in resolving any disputes that may arise.
      • Business Purchase and Sales: if you plan to buy or sell a business, there are specific legal issues that must be considered. In addition, you will need a tightly-drafted contract that covers all potential contingencies. Our law firm can draft such a contract for you, or review and edit a contract proposed by the other party.
      • Shareholder Agreements/Buy-Sell Agreements: buy-sell agreements are a type of contract that specify ownership interests in a company. We can work with you to evaluate a deal and draft a contract to govern the sale.
      • Dissolutions: when a business closes, certain steps must be taken to wind the corporate affairs down and properly dispose of or distribute assets. Our law firm can walk you through the legal process, which can often be complex – particularly for larger companies or businesses with substantial assets.
      • Corporate Suspension: in California, a corporation can be suspended if it fails to file necessary reports, their state tax return or pay taxes, penalties, fees, or interest. If your corporation is suspended, you cannot legally do business. We can work with your business to help avoid corporate suspension or to revive your incorporation after suspension.
      • Real Property Transactions: if your business needs to buy or sell real estate, our law firm can represent you in drafting a sales agreement, performing a closing, and more.
      • Outside General Counsel Services: many companies choose to hire one or more lawyers as employees to provide legal advice and representation. For others, the more cost-effective solution is to retain outside general counsel. With decades of experience in corporate and business law, we have the expertise necessary to provide comprehensive general counsel services for our company.

      Who We Represent

        Our law firm represents businesses of all sizes, from small and medium-sized companies to larger companies. We are familiar with and represent all types of businesses, including LLCs, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. We also have substantial experience guiding start-ups through the process of forming a new business. 

        We serve a range of industries, from manufacturing to services to software and technology companies. We also offer legal services to nonprofit corporations, utilizing our founder’s prior experience as an executive in the nonprofit sector to provide legal advice that is both practical and strategic.

        Why Choose Our Law Firm

        Daryl Reese Law is a full service business law firm. When you hire us, you aren’t simply getting a lawyer who can advise you on a discrete aspect of your business affairs. Our team is adept at every phase of a company, from formation to dissolution. In the rare event that an issue arises that we are unfamiliar with, we won’t hesitate to find the best outside counsel to meet your needs.

        Our clients often report that our legal advice is top notch because we don’t just know the law – we know business. This gives us an advantage over law firms whose attorneys have exclusively practiced law. We have real world experience that gives us a unique perspective on the issues facing companies.

        As a small law firm, we have the flexibility to provide you with customized legal services at a reasonable cost. You won’t be charged an exorbitant rate for a lawyer fresh out of law school. Instead, you’ll pay a fair rate for the wisdom of a legal team with decades of combined experience in both business and law.

        Our small size also allows us to provide highly personalized service to each and every one of our clients. We are thoughtful when it comes to taking on new matters, understanding the commitment that we have made to our clients to provide quality legal representation. Ultimately, our client-focused approach helps our clients achieve their goals as entrepreneurs.

         

         

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        Reach Out to Daryl Reese Law to Learn More

        As a business owner – or person dreaming of owning their own business – you may not know exactly how to navigate certain legal issues. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it on your own. Our law firm is here to help.

        Based in Santa Rosa, Daryl Reese Law offers strategic business law guidance to companies throughout California. We represent businesses of all sizes and across all industries. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with a California business law attorney, give us a call at 707-858-5000 or fill out our online contact form.

        We can help you with:

        • Starting a New Business
        • Corporations vs. Limited Liability Company
        • Bylaws and Operating Agreements
        • Shareholders, Directors, and Officers
        • Partnerships
        • Entity Formation
        • Governance/Annual Requirements
        • Governmental Reports
        • Contract Drafting, Review, and Disputes
        • Business Purchase and Sales
        • Shareholder Agreements/Buy-Sell Agreements
        • Dissolutions
        • Corporate Suspension
        • Real Property Transactions
        • Outside General Counsel Services

        Please contact our office to learn more.

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        Our firm serves clients in California

        Office Location

        3843 Brickway Blvd. Ste 204
        Santa Rosa, CA 95403

        Office Hours

        M-F: 9am - 5pm

        Email

        info@darylreeselaw.com