Business owners know that each new day abounds with opportunities that can help their business grow and thrive. But every new day can also bring challenges; some are an expected part of doing business while others may arise seemingly out of nowhere. Whether your business is able to seize opportunities can mean the difference between profitability and peril. Whether your business can effectively confront challenges and insulate itself against risks can mean the difference between ongoing success or shuttered doors.
Invested in Your Success
At Ellis Law Group, our Boca Raton business lawyers understand that business owners and entrepreneurs contribute more than just their money and time to their businesses – they invest their heart, soul, and dreams. As business owners ourselves, we are uniquely qualified to provide business oriented legal counsel. As business lawyers, we offer seasoned counsel and actionable advice that helps South Florida companies of all sizes and in any industry navigate day-to-day issues and address long-term strategic concerns.
While deep and expansive knowledge of the law is an indispensable quality in the business lawyer you choose, it isn’t nearly enough. You need someone who knows you, your business, and your industry.
To be truly effective, your business lawyer needs to grasp your company’s specific concerns, needs, and objectives. To truly add value, your business lawyer needs to be acutely aware of your bottom line at all times and recognize that every dollar spent in legal fees matters. To be a true asset, your business lawyer needs to bring the same tireless work ethic and absolute commitment that you bring to your company every single day.
We view ourselves as partners with the Florida business owners we have the privilege to represent. When your business joins forces with Ellis Law Group, you get lawyers who are as invested in your success as you are.
Responsive. Accessible. Personal.
Your doors may be open from 9 to 5, but your work never stops. Questions and concerns can keep you up at night and crises can arise at any hour of the day. When you need answers and action now, Ellis Law Group’s business attorneys are ready. You don’t keep business hours. We don’t either.
We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and accessibility. If you pick up the phone or send us an e-mail, you’ll hear from us in short order. If you need to meet with us, whether at our Boca Raton offices, your business, a coffee shop or anywhere you want us to be, we’ll be there.
Comprehensive Representation for All of Your Business Needs
Whether your company is an established business, or you are in the early stages of transforming an idea into reality, Ellis Law Group can provide the legal representation that will keep you moving forward. Our comprehensive, full-service suite of business services include:
Entity Selection and Formation
Few decisions business owners make are as impactful as their choice of entity. Choosing and establishing the optimal entity structure requires a holistic analysis of priorities, risks, tax implications, and the relationships between the company’s principals. We work seamlessly with business owners to set them up for long-term success based on their unique needs and objectives.
Our entity selection and formation representation includes the preparation and filing of all necessary documents as well as compliance with ongoing requirements such as annual reports.
We have extensive experience in the formation of:
- Limited Liability Companies
- General Partnerships
- Limited Partnerships
- Non-profit Corporations
For many Florida small business owners and early-stage companies, the choice of entity often comes down to two options: a limited liability company (LLC) or an S-corporation (commonly referred to as an “S-corp”).
The most fundamental reason a business owner or sole proprietor will choose to form an S-corp or LLC is to shield their personal assets from liabilities related to their business activities and to keep those assets out of the reach of business creditors. Both entities can accomplish this important objective and give owners invaluable peace of mind. However, owners can lose that protection if they conduct their affairs improperly, fail to follow required formalities, or engage in fraudulent conduct. We provide the guidance and ongoing services which can keep that from happening.
Additionally, LLCs and S-corps provide tax advantages in that they are “pass-through” entities which allow owners to treat business income as personal income for tax purposes. There are significant differences between these and other business entities, however, and determining which one is right for you is one of the ways we help entrepreneurs and business owners get to the next level in their business journey.
Contract Negotiation and Drafting
Business is about relationships – with vendors, suppliers, contractors, customers, and strategic business partners. These relationships can be mutually advantageous, or they can devolve into costly disputes. Maximizing the profitability of these relationships and minimizing the risk from them often comes down to clearly defining the rights and obligations of the parties at the start of their dealings.
Our experienced and savvy business attorneys work with clients to negotiate and draft meticulous contracts which reduce the chances of confusion or conflict and protect our clients in the event such disputes do arise.
We bring our attention to smallest detail and grasp of the big picture to the negotiation and drafting:
- Operating Agreements
- Partnership Agreements
- Shareholder Agreements
- Buy-Sell Agreements
- Vendor Contracts
- Customer Contracts
- Marketing Agreements
- Employment Agreements
- Independent Contractor Agreements
- Non-compete and Non-solicitation Agreements
- Strategic Partnership Agreements
- Non-Disclosure Agreements
Operations and Compliance
Florida businesses have a seemingly infinite number of legal obligations they must comply with, whether it be local regulations, state requirements, or federal law. Every aspect of an enterprise can have its own separate and applicable web of rules and regulations, each of which can entrap a business in expensive litigation, fines, and other legal sanctions by governmental or regulatory bodies.
Ellis Law Group knows that cutting through these webs and bringing clarity to corporate compliance can be an ongoing and overwhelming challenge for business owners. That is why we help companies develop and implement proactive strategies, programs, and protocols designed to ensure compliance with such rules and regulations.
Mergers and Acquisitions
When growth and expansion opportunities arise, companies need to be well-positioned to take advantage of them while also being thoughtful about possible downsides. Thorough due diligence and analysis of all aspects of proposed business combinations, mergers, and acquisitions are essential prerequisites for any such transaction. Our Boca Raton business lawyers negotiate, structure and consummate mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, and other business partnerships so our clients can reap the rewards while keeping risks to a minimum.
Business Succession Planning
Planning is key to the success of any small or family-held business. Most entrepreneurs start with a detailed business plan that outlines goals and how to achieve them. Every day, week, quarter, and year involves plans for marketing, inventory, sales, growth, and a thousand other aspects of running a successful and thriving business.
A lack of planning can have devastating consequences on a small business, especially if the owner wants to retire, sell the company, or is incapacitated by an unexpected tragedy. Who can run the business? Who will own the business? How can I cash in my chips, fund my retirement and take care of my family?
A comprehensive business succession plan can determine whether your business continues to grow and thrive with minimal disruption or becomes paralyzed by disputes, confusion or a lack of agreement as to how to move forward.
Ellis Law Group Boca Raton business lawyers and estate planning attorneys collaborate with business owners like you to develop comprehensive business succession plans that ensure the continuity of the company you’ve worked so hard to build and bring the peace of mind that you deserve when that work is done.
Ellis Law Group: Boca Raton Business Attorneys
Successful businesses have talented, hard-working, and committed individuals all pulling together for the shared prosperity of the company. We see ourselves as an integral part of that effort. At Ellis Law Group, our goal is to provide you and your business with practical advice and innovative solutions to often complex issues designed to help you achieve the most efficient and cost-effective results so that you can focus on your business, not on legal issues. Whether you are just starting out or your company is an establish corporation building market share through strategic acquisitions, our Boca Raton business lawyers can provide the legal representation that can help you take your business to ever greater heights.
We invite you to contact Ellis Law Group to learn more about how we can help you and your business. Please call us today at 561-910-7500 or contact us online. We look forward to serving you.