Cranberry Business Attorney
Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC “KM&A” is a law firm with business lawyers serving all of Cranberry Township, Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, and across Pennsylvania.
If you are a small business or a small business owner facing legal issues or liabilities, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.
Call a KM&A business lawyer at 724-906-4462 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Small businesses and business owners face a multitude of legal problems at every stage. Whether starting a new business or dealing with disputes in an established business, a business owner struggles not only with external and internal problems but also legal issues. Consequently, a Cranberry business attorney resolves any legal issue that arises while preventing future problems.
The Cranberry business attorneys at Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC represent businesses across Pennsylvania in all types of business matters. Our Cranberry business lawyers are available to discuss your business’s legal concerns.
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Large corporations typically have an in-house legal department that handles legal issues. But for most smaller businesses, that isn’t practical. KM&A serves as an outside general counsel to businesses. Our clients don’t need an attorney on staff every day, but they know to give us a call when these issues arise:
- Renewal and renegotiation of the lease
- Hiring or firing employees
- Drafting of a contract with a vendor or customer
We understand the unique needs of small businesses, and we customize our representation to fit each client.
Some businesses still need to take the first legal step of incorporating. Incorporation involves creating a separate legal entity like a limited liability company or a corporation to conduct business under. The major advantages of incorporating are:
- Personal asset protection for the owners
- Customized ownership rights and responsibilities
- Tax flexibility and advantageous treatment
- Professional image
Without any incorporation, the owners’ personal assets are at risk if anything goes wrong with the business. Forming a company protects the owners’ assets by separating them from the assets of the business. Incorporating also allows the owners to select the way they want to be taxed, giving them options to reduce their tax burden substantially. Finally, customers appreciate the professional image associated with a business that is incorporated.
Sometimes businesses are sued, or they need to file suit. Legal action or the threat of legal action is used by all businesses when relationships break down. Since our business clients come from diverse areas, the subject matter of the litigation could involve anything. Some lawsuit examples include:
- Collect on an unpaid invoice
- Breach of warranty when a product is alleged to be defective
- Breach of contract
- Unlawful interference
When the business or its owners are buying or selling in a substantial transaction, they need an attorney to help protect their interests. Major transactions include:
- Asset purchases and sales
- Real property transactions
- Mergers and consolidations
With significant money at stake, smart business owners know to involve an attorney to spot hidden issues and maximize legal protections. Sometimes, extremely subtle changes in language can have huge ramifications for liability later on.
Businesses restructure by bringing in new owners, buying out current owners, or changing ownership in some way. There are two general ways that an attorney can be involved. Firstly, a business attorney, as the legal counsel to the business not an individual, refuses to take the side of any party. Secondly, a business attorney advocates for one owner to maximize that owner’s legal position in negotiations.
Restructuring may involve:
- Stock Purchase Agreement
- Stock Redemption Agreement
- Shareholder Agreement or Stockholder Agreement
- Bylaws or Amended and Restated Bylaws
Whether we are engaged by the business or by an individual owner, KM&A drafts the clearest and best legal language for the necessary documents.
There are two ways that contracts arise: some are presented to the business and others need to be generated by the business. Contracts fall into two categories: suppliers and clients. Within those broad categories are a large number of specific contract types. Since KM&A works with so many different businesses, we can assist with virtually any contract situation that arises.
Some examples include:
- Purchase Orders
- Service Contracts
- Employment Agreements
- Independent Contractor Agreements
- Licensing Agreements
- Franchise Agreements
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Non-Competition Agreements
- Non-Solicitation Agreements
- Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Management Agreements
Moreover, the commercial lease for space is one of the significant obligations of any business. Whether the business is beginning a lease or entering into renewal negotiations, an attorney is needed to advocate for the business’ best interests. KM&A can step in at any time to take over negotiations so the business owners can focus on making their business profitable.
Trademarks and intellectual property are extremely valuable to a successful small business. Registering those marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office may be the difference between successfully protecting the brand name and losing it to a competitor.
When partners go into business together, they would never dream of not getting along. Unfortunately, depending on the business’s profitability, the relationship between the partners can change over time. A majority owner might try to squeeze out a minority owner. Meanwhile, another owner may point the finger at another owner, alleging wrongdoing or unlawful activity.
Contact an experienced Cranberry Business Attorney at Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC at 724-906-4462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.