Legal Advice and Representation for Entrepreneurs

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RKPT’s business and corporate lawyers proudly represent business owners at all stages:

  • Entrepreneurs and startups that need help choosing the correct business entity, registering their business, and drafting operating agreements.
  • Established businesses in need of assistance preparing and enforcing contracts and other business agreements.
  • Business owners who are stepping back and wish to be bought out by their business partners.

The lawyers in RKPT’s Business and Corporate Law practice group have decades of combined experience they can leverage to help your business succeed. Whether we represent you on a limited issue or serve as outside general counsel, our business lawyers are here to help you navigate the complex and challenging issues that arise in business law.

Our Business Lawyers Help Entrepreneurs with Problem-Solving

As an entrepreneur, you know that starting a business can be complicated. There will be many legal issues to consider. Sound legal planning at the early stages can set your small business up for success and help you avoid unnecessary complications and risk down the road.

How and Where Should You Set Up and Organize Your Business?

You can structure your business as a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited partnership, a corporation, or a limited liability company. Each entity also has to choose its tax structure, which can be a sole proprietorship, partnership, c-corporation, or s-corporation.The process of choosing which business structure is best for you is known as “choice of entity” or “business entity selection.” Each business structure has benefits and drawbacks, and our business lawyers can help you evaluate which business structure is most advantageous for you.

You can also choose where you want to set up your business. Depending on the type of business you plan to operate, you may have the option to select the state where you want to legally organize your business. There are different benefits and drawbacks based on which state you organize your business. Oftentimes, this is the state where you plan to conduct your business.

Draft and Review Operating Agreements, Employment Agreements, and Vendor Contracts for Small Business Startups

If you are starting a business with partners or co-founders, you should have a formal written agreement. A well-drafted agreement between the owners should create a process for resolving disagreements among the owners, describe how profits and losses will be shared, and explain what to do if an owner wants to leave the business. A written agreement will protect everyone’s interests and help avoid lengthy and expensive litigation.

Our business lawyers can also prepare employment contracts, employee manuals, and non-compete agreements, write and review vendor contracts, and, when necessary, represent you in negotiations with service providers.

Create the Terms and Conditions of Your Privacy Policy

Most businesses who collect data, especially data over the internet, need Terms and Conditions and a Privacy Policy to publish on their website. Terms and Conditions govern someone’s use of your website and other digital platforms. A privacy policy describes how you collect and use customer data. Publishing your business privacy policy can build trust with customers and help ensure compliance with applicable laws. RKPT’s business lawyers can help you identify the necessary terms and conditions you need and create a privacy policy that will best serve the needs of your business.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

For many companies, their intellectual property is more valuable than their physical assets. Your business can protect its intellectual property through trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements signed by employees.

RKPT’s Corporate Lawyers Help Small Business Startups

RKPT’s business lawyers have broad experience representing companies at all phases of the business life cycle. Put our experience to work for you so you can avoid serious legal challenges and focus on the growth and success of your small business.

We invite you to contact RKPT’s Business and Corporate lawyers to learn more about our service and how we help entrepreneurs.