Advice and Counsel for Small Businesses in Tampa Bay
Small businesses have the same legal issues and needs of large corporations, but small businesses can’t afford to have their own in-house legal counsel or a legal department dedicated to handling their legal needs. Pinellas Legal Center is here for the life of your company. Our small business counsel service provides the right amount of advice and assistance to meet your needs within your budget. We are here when you need us.
Business Entity Formation
Florida law recognizes a number of different business entities, including corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships, just to name a few. The corporate structure you choose for your company will have consequences in a variety of legal areas, including:
- Liability of the company for acts of the owners
- Liability of the owners for acts of the company
- Taxes owed by the owners, including personal income tax
- Management, control and business decisions
- Business succession, ownership and transfer
By taking the time to sit down with business owners and discuss their immediate needs and long-term plans, we are able to advise you on the business structure which will best meet your needs. We prepare and file all necessary documents to establish your business as a legal entity operating in the State of Florida.
We can provide advice and assistance throughout the life of your company on matters related to corporate governanance and management. We can draft employment agreements and personnel policies that help you stay in compliance with state and federal laws, and that serve to prevent disputes from arising or that protect your interests in the event they do occur.
At the heart of every business transaction lies a contract of some form, and how that contract is interpreted and applied can determine the immediate and long-term success of the transaction. We can help by negotiating, drafting or reviewing any proposed agreement, making sure that your rights and interests are adequately protected and that the transaction will accomplish what you want it to. We can help with the purchase or sale of property, commercial leases, employment and independent contractor agreements, vendor and supplier contracts, and more. Getting the transaction right from the start helps ensure a smooth operation over the long run.
Experienced Legal Help for Small Businesses in Tampa Bay
John P. Joseph is experienced in a wide variety of commercial and business law matters, including incorporation of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, formation of limited liability companies, corporate governance, and the mediation of business disputes. In Tampa, Clearewater, and St. Petersburg, contact Pinellas Legal Center for a free consultatoin about how our small business counsel services can benefit you.