Effectively drafted contracts provide security and clarity to all parties involved. Sometimes, you need a contract put together for a specific deal, or a template you can use for reoccurring matters. Other times, you've received a contract from the other side and need to make sure you are getting what you need out of the contract without inadvertently signing your rights away.
Although it may be tempting to handle this alone, the placement of a single word can drastically alter your exposure. It pays to have your contracts drafted and reviewed by an expert, or else you could be paying much more in the long run.
Issues between employers and employees are bound to occur. Having clear policies and procedures in place is the first step in effectively handling employment issues. It is also important to have experienced guidance in dealing with the numerous employment issues that arise, such as employment agreements, independent contractor issues, terminations, and more.
Whether you want to establish the written documents that will serve as the guidelines for the relationship between your business and its employees, or you need to evaluate a specific issue, I'm here to help.
Regulatory and Compliance
Compliance describes the goal that businesses aspire to achieve in their efforts to ensure that they are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Each business faces it own unique set of compliance standards and issues.
Sometimes, failure to maintain compliance can result in a slap on the wrist. Other times, it can result in penalties or litigation that can bankrupt the company.
It is important to ensure that you are aware of the different compliance issues you face, and that you have guidance on how to address and prioritize these issues.
Policies and Procedures
Well drafted and thought out policies and procedures are low hanging fruit in the effort to minimize the legal risk for your company. They also provide clarity to you, your employees, and the people you do business with on how different reoccurring issues will be handled.
However, copying a generic set of policies and procedures could end up leaving you in a worse position than you started. It is essential that you tailor the standards you put in writing to your own business, and that you actually follow them once they are in place.
I have the experience and knowledge to help you tailor your policies and procedures to your business in a way that is clear and easy to follow.
The corporate shield or “corporate veil” is the fundamental benefit of forming a separate legal entity for any business. Not only does forming a separate legal entity provide liability protection and the opportunity for tax savings, it also gives almost instant credibility to the start-up. More importantly, forming a separate legal entity can provide the small business owner with much needed separation; a “veil” between the small businesses owner’s personal and business liability.
Daniel Weiss Law, P.A. provides the expert guidance needed to select the right entity to maximize your liability protection and tax savings and efficiently prepare and file all the required forms and documents.
Intellectual property includes trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Identifying, protecting, and managing these rights, including registering your trademarks and copyrights allows you to maintain your competitive advantage, while being rewarded for your creativity.
Using a skilled lawyer to assist you with registering and protecting your intellectual property increases your likelihood of success and decreases the amount of time it will take to complete the registration process. Once registration is complete, it is essential to understand how to diligently protect and maintain your trademarks, trade secrets, and other intellectual property.
Early Dispute Resolution
It is almost inevitable that a business will run into an issue with one of its customers, contractors, employees, etc. Fortunately, the vast majority of these issues can be resolved without needing to resort to costly litigation, if handled correctly.
Handling things correctly requires a deep understanding of the facts and law at play, a willingness to understand the position of the other side, and the ability to effectively communicate. Sometimes that means talking things through and reaching a resolution that allows both parties to walk away feeling satisfied. Sometimes that means sending a formal letter making it clear that the facts and law clearly support your company's position.
Whatever the issue may be, you need an attorney that knows how to work with adverse parties in a way that gets the best results for your business.
Real Estate Leasing
Are you expanding your business and renting space? Commercial leases can be extremely tricky contracts that can lead to huge financial exposure if not negotiated correctly.
It is essential that you have experienced legal guidance when reviewing, drafting, or negotiating these complicated agreements.