ST. LOUIS BUSINESS ATTORNEY
Whether you’re starting a small family business or represent an international corporation, the need for experienced legal counsel is essential. No matter their size or industry, all Missouri businesses must comply with state and federal regulatory laws, provide adequate compensation for their employees, refrain from engaging in discriminatory employment practices, and continually find ways to protect their financial interests when drafting and negotiating contracts and business transactions with clients, consumers, and other commercial organizations. Whatever your entity’s legal needs may be at this stage of its life cycle, the experienced business law lawyers of Bellatrix PC have the knowledge and skill to help you settle your disputes and reach your professional goals. As business owners ourselves, we appreciate the importance of finding and implementing strategic, creative, and cost-efficient legal solutions to conflicts and disagreements. Whether you need aggressive defense attorneys to represent you in commercial litigation proceedings, or simply need help understanding the financial implications of a contract or business proposal that you’re considering, our versatile attorneys will be here to help you find the path toward a favorable resolution. To arrange for a confidential consultation with Bellatrix PC, call our law offices at (800) 889-8376 today.
Our Attorneys Represent Companies and Employers in St. Louis
The business lawyers of Bellatrix PC are proud to defend and represent employers in St. Louis, the surrounding metropolitan area, and throughout St. Louis County, including but not limited to Ballwin, Chesterfield, Florissant, Kirkwood, Mehlville, Oakville, University City, and Wildwood. Because the field of business law is so expansive in scope, encompassing hundreds of different matters, we offer a wide range of legal services in an effort to conveniently accommodate your every need. Bellatrix PC handles business law matters including, but not limited to, the following:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR, e.g. Mediation)
- Breach of Contract
- Business Insurance
- Business Taxes
- Business Transactions
- Commercial Debt Collection
- Commercial Leases
- Commercial Litigation
- Contract Negotiation and Drafting
- Copyright Law
- Corporate General Counsel
- Corporate Minutes
- Covenants not to Compete (Non-Compete Agreements)
- Due Diligence
- Equipment Leasing and Finance
- Formation and Dissolution
- Internal Disputes (e.g. Partnership Disputes)
- Joint Ventures
- Licensing Agreements
- Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Purchase and Sale of Business
- Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property (IP)
- Unfair Competition
Starting and Selling Your Business: Formation and Dissolution
Your business is just an idea until it is formally registered in the state of Missouri. Regardless of what sort of service or product you intend to provide, it is absolutely imperative that you take the time and effort to (1) select the appropriate legal structure for your new entity, and (2) go through Missouri’s business registration process. The structure you select for your business will impact core aspects of your company for the rest of its lifespan. When selecting between a partnership, corporation, or limited liability company, new business owners must consider questions such as the following:
- Who will assume personal liability for the company’s debts?
- What are the tax implications of this legal structure?
- How many shareholders can the company have at maximum?
- How many employees will be necessary?
- What will your role in daily operations be?
While start-ups must consider these and other questions carefully, it is frequently possible to change an entity’s structure afterit has been registered. For instance, corporations may be converted to LLCs, and vice versa. Depending on the structure you select, you may be required to complete different forms and procedures as part of the business formation and registration process. For instance, corporations must file articles of incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State, currently Jason Kander as of August, 2015. All St. Louis businesses (i.e. businesses within the official city limits) are required to obtain a St. Louis business license, though specific licensing requirements vary depending on the circumstances. Certain entities are exempt from these requirements. Like formation, formal dissolution must also be handled with care and forethought. Business owners mustavoid the common mistake of simply abandoning entities which are no longer wanted or viable. Until the business is officially dissolved, the company can continue to incur debts and tax liabilities while accumulating annual fees and penalties. Our attorneys will sit down with you to talk about your goals and visions for the future of your entity. Once we have discussed your objectives in depth, we will guide you through your legal options and their potential outcomes.
Drafting and Negotiating Contracts
Contracts form the skeleton of virtually every transaction and agreement which will ever take place between two companies, or between a company and client or consumer. When the terms of a contract are ambiguous, confusing, lopsided, unrealistic, or unenforceable, the end result can only be frustration and conflict – and in turn, expensive litigation. The negative long-term implications of a seemingly simple contract aren’t always immediately apparent, and without careful review from an experienced business attorney, you increase your risk of agreeing to a deal which is detrimental to your best interests. In some cases, unethical companies even propose contracts with the intention of later breaking their promises, which is known as anticipatory breach of contract or anticipatory repudiation. You could also find yourself on the other side of the conflict if the other party or parties to the contract accuse yourbusiness of breaching a contract. The best defense against these types of claims is meticulous record-keeping, which will help to build a bank of evidence refuting the allegations against you. However complex or contentious the dispute may be, our trial attorneys are ready to vigorously defend your company if you are sued over breach of contract. No matter what your company in St. Louis needs help with, our attorneys are here to provide trusted legal guidance.
To set up a confidential appointment to discuss your business needs, call the law offices of Bellatrix PC at (800) 889-8376 today.