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Don’t Fall Into These Business Transaction Traps

Don’t Fall Into These Business Transaction Traps

Legal transactions are the bread and butter of any business. From retail sales in a storefront, to acquisitions of entire brands, the financial fine print is crucial. If you want to set yourself up for success, whether your company is currently worth millions or only thousands, it’s important to know what you’re getting in for, with each and every transaction. Working with a qualified business attorney in Houston can save you money and stress over the long run, because they can prepare your company with airtight paperwork and targeted strategy. There are many ways that a business transaction can go south, or at the very least, not work out in your favor. But when you’re equipped with the right plan, you can avoid many of the traps of modern commercial…
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4 Ways to Protect Your Business From Lawsuits

4 Ways to Protect Your Business From Lawsuits

When you own your own business, you’ve poured your heart and soul into making it a success. In today’s litigious society, most business owners are terrified of lawsuits, and want to protect themselves in all ways possible. Just one lawsuit, especially when it involves personal injury or other public-image-heavy incident, can be enough to take down even the most established business. If you have invested your whole life into making your enterprise grow, you should do your due diligence to safeguard it from costly lawsuits. There are many different ways to protect your company, but only a qualified Houston business attorney will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your circumstances. However, here are a few things to keep in mind, when you are hoping…
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Creative Ways to Fund Your Startup

Creative Ways to Fund Your Startup

Every new business needs financial support. Without this vital cashflow, operations may never take off, especially in today’s highly competitive market. Basic inventory, marketing, and initial payroll needs have to be met somehow, and too many entrepreneurs try to squeak by without securing the right funds first. People put themselves on a fast track to burnout by working round the clock for no pay, trying to launch their enterprise. However, there are many options for funding out there these days, so there’s no excuse to skimp, or not do it right the first time. Many people immediately think of traditional bank loans as a primary source of business funding, and while these are certainly a good option for some, there are dozens more possibilities that may suit your needs better.…
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What to do when you receive a demand letter

What to do when you receive a demand letter

You received a Demand Letter and Now What? Sometimes, deals do not work out as planned. If you are a Texas business, you may be on the receiving end of an allegation that you have breached a contract. These days, we see allegations first come up in text message exchanges or emails and only when those issues are not resolved do we see an attorney write a demand letter or contact the alleged breaching party. Regardless of whether you hire an attorney, there are a few things to know and do when you receive a demand letter. Examples of a breach of contract For an example, let's think of the construction industry, such as in a buildout of a bar or restaurant. The new business owner acquires a commercial lease,…
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Thinking of Buying Commercial Property? 3 Things to Know

Thinking of Buying Commercial Property? 3 Things to Know

While many businesses today have to utilize the online world in order to succeed, there is still nothing that can replace a physical space. Whether you are opening a restaurant or looking for a warehouse for your retail goods, commercial real estate may be an important part of your company’s development. However, buying or leasing property for your business can be a risky process, especially for those brand-new to the marketplace. With large sums of money on the line, and lots of fine print in the contracts, it’s all too easy to take a gamble with commercial real estate and lose. If you are hoping to start a new business, or expand your current one, the right facilities are essential. Here are a few things that you should keep in…
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Why Every Restaurant Should Have an Attorney

Why Every Restaurant Should Have an Attorney

The hospitality and food industry is one that is consumer-centered, and thus, caters to the needs of all kinds of people. Because of this high volume of public interaction, restaurants need to be extra careful to have all of their ducks in a row, in order to keep their doors open. Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society, and small businesses are having to work harder to minimize liabilities and handle consumer issues without derailing their entire enterprise. However, there is still the myth among entrepreneurs and restauraneurs that you don't necessarily need a Texas business attorney after your doors are open. Sure, many new restaurants utilize lawyers to get their filings in place, to acquire licensing, and to build the structure of their company. But once they’re open for…
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Top 3 Reasons to Hire a Business Attorney for Your Start-Up

Top 3 Reasons to Hire a Business Attorney for Your Start-Up

Starting your own business is one of the most exciting and complicated ventures you may ever take in your lifetime. From the initial concept to opening your doors, you will have many decisions to make and legal documents to sign. Many entrepreneurs find that partnering with a business attorney when starting their company is extremely beneficial. There are several areas where a business attorney can help your start-up including: Creating contracts and partnership agreements: Starting a business requires many different documents that need to be signed and filed properly. Two of the most important kinds of documents you will encounter are contracts and partnership agreements. Contracts can be with new employees, vendors, or independent contractors, while partnership agreements are for businesses which have co-owners. An attorney can help you create…
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Steps for a Business Sale or Acquisition

Steps for a Business Sale or Acquisition

The issues addressed at the start of any Texas business sale usually progress in the following order, as an overview. As always, if you would like to know more about business law questions such as the legal issues involved in buying or selling a business, send me an email from my Contact Us page or call me 713-300-1946. LETTER OF INTENT As you know from my prior posts, after the initial discussions between the buyer and seller, the terms start to come together and it should be put into writing so everyone is on the same page. This is important so its understood that some terms are agreed, while others are still up for negotiation. There is a significant amount of time and energy that go into a business purchase.…
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Basic Things to Know When Buying or Selling a Business

Basic Things to Know When Buying or Selling a Business

I am often asked to explain what certain terms mean or to explain the process of buying or selling a Texas business. Usually I will find myself stating a term, and then realizing that the document title is also unknown to the client. I have developed a roadmap I use with my clients so they can follow the process. I provide this with our engagement agreement and it serves to clarify the process and work we will be doing to complete the transaction. If you are buying or selling a business and want to discuss the process in more detail, email Tim from the Contact Us page or call the office today. The definitive purchase agreement is the final agreement for buying or selling a business. If the buyer and…
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Business Lease Issues When Starting or Selling

Business Lease Issues When Starting or Selling

A lot of times I have a new client come to me excited to have made the decision to start a business or to sell the business they have built over the years. It is an exciting time to start or its finally time to exit. Perhaps the client has a copy of a proposed lease or even has a buyer in mind. Regardless of whether you are starting your new business or selling your business, your lease is a crucial document that can and should make or break a deal. Typically, the new tenant just signs but I would recommend you at the very least have an attorney look for any problematic terms. If you need your lease reviewed, Tim Sutherland reviews and negotiates commercial leases for retailers, service…
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