Areas of Practice
Small companies represent 99.7% of all employee firms and employ about 1/2 of all private-sector employees. They pay nearly 43% of the total U.S. private-sector payroll and create more than half of non-farm private gross domestic product (GDP). Considering the significance of small businesses in the economy, every business should have good, competent legal advice.
Let's face it, the business world is dominated by the private, written agreement. Whether your business needs a master services agreement drafted or a joint venture agreement reviewed, we are here to protect your interests and ensure a clear, concise agreement that is fair, but also does not leave your business open to unnecessary liability. Don't give away important rights simply due to lack of proper legal drafting and review.
A majority of small business rent or lease commercial space for their operations. Whether you are the landlord or the tenant, we offer comprehensive drafting and reviewing of commercial lease agreements.
Ideas, tangible or not, are the most important things to protect in today’s competitive creative market. We can handle the search, application, and filing process of trademarks and copyrights. And if your idea has been infringed upon, we will negotiate the best possible licensing and settlement agreements.
From ideas to company formation, the attorneys at MacGregor Lyon assist entrepreneurs from start to finish. Whether it means protecting an idea before incorporation, deciding which entity is the right fit, or drafting corporate documentation, we can provide quality service at reasonable rates.
Incorporation & LLC
Whether it is a single member LLC, an S-corp or a multi-layered corporation structure, we're here to help. Properly setting up and maintaining your company is key to profitable and safe growth in the future. Let us help you determine which entity is the best fit for your business.
BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING
Now that you've worked hard and grown your business, is it time to sell or step away? Or maybe let the next generation of the family take over? Setting up a good succession plan is often key to efficiently and properly transferring ownership of your business. Don't let an unforeseen event take you by surprise and become a burden on your partners and family. A little bit of work now can save a large headache down the road.
Trusts & Estates
Along with proper business succession planning, personal succession planning plays a large roll in a business-owner's life. For most, if not all small business owners, there is connectivity between personal affairs and the business. As such, some simple planning on the personal end can help protect the business and its future.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Thousands of small businesses change hands every year, but often not enough money is left in the hands of the seller. Or, if you are the buyer, you want to make sure you know what you are getting and are protected against the seller's liability.
Unfortunately, life isn't always fair or simple, and disputes are an inevitable part of doing business. Whether it is a quick and simple resolution you are looking for or more serious litigation, let us fight for you and your business.
The startup and small business marketplace is still a new and fierce frontier that requires legal advice from attorneys who understand the legal prospective of business. We offer a competitive advantage that can help you save money and make more of it in the long run. We’ve assisted small businesses with a balance of legal, business, operational and financial strategies and built-in problem-solving contingencies. Our holistic approach is essential to any company looking to grow.
LIABILITY & RISK
Whether you run a consulting company, restaurant or an eCommerce website, all businesses need to minimize their legal liability and risk. Our lawyers will assess the structure of your operation, such as its physical or digital space, the types of products or services you sell, who your consumers are, what type of company you have filed under (LLC, Inc., etc.), and so on. From there, we will tailor the right risk plan, complete with permit applications, insurance policies, and more, so you can worry less about liabilities and concentrate on growing your business.