BUSINESS & TRANSACTIONS
Formation, Governance & Guidance
More than twenty percent of small businesses fail within the first year, and only half survive past their fifth year. Why? Many factors go into starting and building a successful business. It takes careful planning, sufficient capital and cash flow, the right management team, and sound legal guidance. We help our clients with business planning, formation, entity selection, management advice, acquis-ition, sale, contracts, borrowing and lending, secured transactions, restructuring, succession planning, dispute resolution, and related litigation.
REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION
Purchase & Sale, Leasing, Construction, Development & Dispute Resolution
Real estate law is about more than only buying and selling property. It's also about helping people build and preserve wealth. Whether you're buying your first home, financing a purchase or sale, leasing a rental unit or office space, or developing a subdivision or condominium, you will almost certainly encounter legal issues. Our attorneys have substantial experience in real estate matters, including purchase and sale, leasing, construction, development, contract drafting and review, resolving title issues, bond and lien claims, dispute resolution, and related litigation.
CREDITOR-DEBTOR & BANKRUPTCY
Creditor and Debtor Representation in Debt Resolution, Collection & Insolvency Matters
Debt is a necessary evil in our personal and business lives. Access to capital often requires borrowing. Without the ability to borrow, most people could not buy homes, cars, and other necessities, and businesses could not buy inventory, build factories, or develop real estate. Both borrowers and lenders profit when things go well, but both assume risks. The market might go flat; the borrower might encounter cash-flow problems; the economy might tank. We help lenders and borrowers protect against these risks and recover when things go wrong. We have substantial experience in repre-senting creditors and debtors in lending, secured transactions, collections, bankruptcy, receivership, foreclosure, debt workout, and related litigation.
ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE
Wills, Trusts, Asset Protection Strategies, Business Succession & Probate
Most people think of estate planning as only involving the making of a Will. While a good Will is the cornerstone of a solid estate plan, estate planning is only one part of sound wealth building, asset protection, and succession strategy. Are your retirement funds safe from creditors? Will a trust assure that your children's financial needs are met? Do you need a succession plan to assure your children will be able to continue the family business? Are there legal ways to avoid paying excessive estate tax? We can help you answer these questions and establish an estate and succession plan that preserves the wealth you've worked hard to build. We also represent heirs, beneficiaries, and personal representatives in probate and trust administration matters.