Greve, Clifford, Wengel & Paras, LLP provides guidance, advice and counsel, regulatory assistance, and representation in legal transactions and litigation to nearly every type of business and profession in central and northern California, including real estate investors and developers, construction and trucking companies, insurance agencies, small and large businesses, and non-profit corporations such as public benefit, mutual benefit, religious organizations, and bingo-related charities.
Choosing the right entity to operate your business has significant implications for how the business and its owners are taxed and exposed to liability, as well as issues related to the day-to-day control and management of the enterprise, and how transfers, succession, and dissolution are handled. Our lawyers advise clients on the pros and cons of different entities in relation to their goals for their business, including:
- Limited liability companies
- Limited liability partnerships
- General partnerships
- Limited partnerships
- Joint ventures
We further assist in the formation of a new business by preparing and filing the appropriate documents with the Secretary of State, and preparing other necessary documents such as shareholder and partnership agreements, and LLC operating agreements.
All major business dealings, and many day-to-day transactions as well, are conducted with the use of contracts. Making sure the document is drafted right from the start will help prevent contract disputes from arising, or will help protect the business and ensure a fair resolution if a dispute does arise. We assist clients in the negotiation, preparation and review of all manner of contracts, from the buying, selling and leasing of property and equipment to the purchase and sale of a business itself. We also have a great deal of experience in employment law, and frequently draft employment agreements, personnel policies, and agreements for the protection of trade secrets and the company’s client base through confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements.
No matter how meticulous you are in your business dealings and drafting of contracts, disputes will arise, whether with customers, competitors, vendors, suppliers, or government agencies, and sometimes these disputes will require litigation to resolve. Whether you are just starting out in business or have an established company, ignoring or mishandling a lawsuit can be disastrous to your business. Our firm has significant experience in the prosecution, defense, and resolution of most types of business disputes, such as:
- Contract disputes
- Corporate and partnership disputes
- Failed business transactions
- Business torts – unfair competition, unfair trade practices
- Governmental regulatory disputes
- Collection enforcement and defense
Our business law practice includes all manner of commercial transactions and litigation. We have significant experience in counseling and document review and preparation for commercial transactions involving the purchase and sale of assets and equipment, secured transactions, U.C.C. research and investigation, commercial litigation and contract enforcement. We are also experienced in real estate transactions and litigation, including acquisitions and financing of commercial, industrial, and retail properties.
For business, corporate, and commercial legal needs in northern and central California, contact Greve, Clifford, Wengel & Paras, LLP to schedule a consultation with our legal team.