Business Law Attorney
in The Woodlands, Texas
Owning and running a business has many components to become and remain successful. An experienced legal team supporting your business is essential to setting up the business, avoiding common pitfalls, and creating effective contracts and legal operation systems. Disputes with other companies, individuals, and employees may also be inevitable, and when these legal issues arise, an experienced business law attorney can guide you through the process. Reach out today to discuss your business needs. Reach out today to learn more. I serve clients in The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Spring, Magnolia, and Willis, Texas
Forming a Business in Texas
There are a number of steps to forming a successful business. First, after developing your idea and some goals for your business, is the legal business formation. This starts with deciding what type of entity you will be and how you will structure your business. The most common structures for small businesses are sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation.
I can help you choose what type of entity to register as and understand the pros and cons of each type of entity as applied to your ideas and goals. Each type of corporate structure has different liability protections and different tax and financial benefits. Some other steps that are involved in business formation include choosing a name for the business and registering the business entity in Texas.
For all types of entities other than a sole proprietorship, specific documents and certificates must be filed with the Texas Secretary of State. An experienced attorney can help draft these documents and ensure they are filed correctly.
Depending on the type of business you are starting, you may have to apply for licenses and permits relating to sales tax, building and construction, the environment, health and safety, and more. It is crucial to have all of the required licenses and permits, so your business is compliant with federal, state, and local laws. Properly setting up your business prevents fines or other penalties.
Why Hire an Attorney?
After completing all of these tasks, you will need to find a business location and check to see that your location is properly zoned for your industry. There are financial considerations to starting a business as well, such as filing taxes, obtaining business insurance, and opening business banking accounts. It is always a good idea to consult with professionals to help you set up your business. As an experienced business law attorney, I can help you through the stages of setting up and forming your business.
Once your business is up and running, you may realize you need to establish various types of contracts that will be used in your day-to-day operations. Some common types of transactions that may need a standard contract are contracts with vendors and customers and contracts with employees. Any time you are presented with a contract to sign, it is a good idea to have it reviewed by a commercial attorney, such as me, to help you understand all of your rights and responsibilities under the agreement.
Along the course of your business operations, you may encounter some disputes with other businesses or vendors, with individuals or customers, and sometimes even with employees. One way to avoid these types of disputes is by having an airtight contract drafted by an attorney who is familiar with best practices and generally accepted language in Texas business law. A way to avoid potential lawsuits by employees is to see that you are in full compliance with state and federal labor laws.
Get the Professional Advocacy You Deserve
If you find yourself in the middle of a dispute, do not wait to seek legal advice. Once a lawsuit is filed by another person against your company, you only have a certain amount of time to respond to the lawsuit. Conversely, if you should find yourself needing to file a lawsuit against another party, do not wait to consult an attorney because there are certain filing deadlines and statutory limitation periods that you may not be aware of. It is always an option to resolve disputes without the intervention of the Courts, and an experienced business lawyer can help during the negotiation stages as well. Schedule a consultation today to learn more. My firm serves clients in The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Spring, Magnolia, and Willis, Texas.