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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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Ten Traps to Avoid When Buying a Business

Ten Traps to Avoid When Buying a Business

If you are in the early stages of the process of buying a business, there are a few typical issues that always come up in negotiations. I have written previously about the use of a Letter of Intent, which will get the basics in place for the final actual purchase and sale documents. The Letter of Intent (or LOI) is a short document that spells out the important terms and conditions of the sale such as the price, how and when the price will be paid, the assets that will be sold to the buyer (and those the seller will keep), and other terms such as the seller’s noncompete agreement. The LOI allows that parties to put in place a signed document for the basics of the deal so the process…
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Steps to Buying a Business

Steps to Buying a Business

If you’re starting out on the path towards purchasing an existing business, the steps are relatively simple when put in general terms. Below are a few guidelines for the stages. RESEARCH This should be the stage when you dig into the company. It is likely you will have to sign a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement prior to receiving most of the materials as they are private. Look beneath the surface of any broker representations or if you found the business online and read a glowing description of its potential, its time to look for yourself. You need to investigate. We already know you need to verify the financials. You also need to look into the employment issues such as making sure wages and taxes are in order, as well as…
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Letter of Intent – The First Step to Buying a Texas Business

Letter of Intent – The First Step to Buying a Texas Business

The letter of intent outlines the purchase of a business. The letter provides a summary of the terms and guides the deal after the letter is signed. If you are considering purchasing a business in Texas, contact Tim Sutherland so the firm can guide you through the steps from start to finish. We can protect your interests and make sure the deal is done right. You need an attorney to review a proposed letter of interest from the seller or broker as these are often one sided and not favorable to the buyer. You probably don’t know what to look for and in fact each deal is unique due to the nature of the specific business and the seller and buyer. If you are the buyer and drafting the letter…
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CONSIDERATIONS FOR SETTING UP A TEXAS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

CONSIDERATIONS FOR SETTING UP A TEXAS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

While I always recommend hiring a lawyer to organize a Texas start-up, a few considerations merit mentioning whether you are heading into a consultation to begin working with an attorney and even if you decide to do it yourself. If you are operating or considering a Texas LLC in Houston or Austin, contact me by email to set up a consultation about the requirements and best practices for setting up the business and doing business with the public in a way that minimizes risk to you and your business. I draft Articles of Organization, Operating Agreements, and handle intellectual property and employment matters (employees, independent contractors, freelancers). I also draft custom contracts for your business including terms and conditions. DECIDE ON A NAME FOR YOUR TEXAS LLC THAT ISN’T TRADEMARKED OR IN USE…
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STARTING A TEXAS FOOD BUSINESS

STARTING A TEXAS FOOD BUSINESS

Food service establishments such as restaurants and food trucks (mobile food units and food carts) are heavily regulated with permitting requirements, registrations, and random inspections (and inevitable fines) by the health department. There is an exception to these requirements which pertain to smaller-scale Texas food businesses. By law, a person can produce food in their own home kitchen to be sold directly to customers. In Texas (and in every State but New Jersey), you can operate a home-based food business based on the  “Texas Cottage Food Laws.”  If you are operating or considering a start-up food business, contact me by email to set up a consultation about the specifics of the food laws and best practices for setting up the business and doing business with the public in a way that minimizes risk to you…
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WHAT IS A LETTER OF INTENT AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM AN ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT

WHAT IS A LETTER OF INTENT AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM AN ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT

When purchasing a business in Texas, a letter of intent is a first step to putting some of the discussed terms in writing in order to move forward with the process. At this early phase, not all of the terms have been discussed or agreed. Potentially, the price is discussed but contingent on the results of due diligence to substantiate the value requested from the seller of the business. A LETTER OF INTEREST DOES NOT MEAN THE DEAL IS DONE. It is still very possible that the seller is shopping the business to other buyers, just as it is possible that the buyer is also considering other businesses. The LOI can include provisions for exclusivity, and depending on the parties this may be a negotiated term in order to proceed with…
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BUYING A BUSINESS IN TEXAS

BUYING A BUSINESS IN TEXAS

4 TIPS FOR BUYING AN EXISTING BUSINESS IN TEXAS Every deal is different, reach out to Tim Sutherland on the contact page if you are looking into purchasing a business and want to discuss the steps involved and the process. Working with a Texas business attorney can save you money in the future from headaches that can be avoided and ensure the deal goes as smoothly as possible. 1. HAVE THE SELLER AGREE TO EXCLUSIVITY WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE ONGOING If you are negotiating, you don’t want the seller shopping around. While initial negotiations are progressing, negotiate a window and have a signed agreement in place to allow time to make the right deal. You don’t want to be rushed or pressured with a hard sell and the seller claiming there is another…
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