When starting or running a company, you’ll be faced with many choices that will impact your business’s success or failure – but you don’t have to do it alone. A business lawyer can provide you with experienced legal advice when making important decisions.
The business lawyers at Kirk, Kirk, Howell, Cutler & Thomas have successfully represented thousands of businesses and individuals in commercial disputes. Our business lawyers are experienced in handling legal issues involving contracts, consumer debt collection, infringement protection, business formulation and planning, and other complex matters.
Our business law firm exists to help North Carolina businesses succeed. If you have questions about starting a business, or if you already own a business in the Wake County or Triangle area, contact a business lawyer with your questions. No matter what size your business is, we want to help you make informed decisions that help you – and the community – grow.
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Providing Experienced Legal Guidance
Running a business, whether it’s a new startup or an established entity, requires skill, hard work, and the drive to succeed. Small businesses in and around Raleigh, NC are the foundation of our community, and it’s important they have the support of a qualified business lawyer to help them overcome challenges and protect their interests. We understand that and do everything we can to support business owners by providing experienced legal counsel and representation.
Our business lawyers will provide you with counsel to make business plans, as well as represent you in more active legal matters, such as business litigation. We help you navigate the legal process and help you understand your options, possible outcomes, and how those will affect your business.
We work with all types of businesses in Raleigh, including:
- Sole proprietorships
- Family-owned businesses
- Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
If you need legal representation or counsel for matters related to your business, the business lawyers at Kirk, Kirk, Howell, Cutler & Thomas can provide you with the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your goals. From drafting and negotiating contracts to collecting debts on your behalf, we will work for you to make sure that your business is protected and can achieve the best possible outcome.
Our Business Law Attorney Services
We provide comprehensive legal services related to business law and corporate law, from single services, such as drafting and reviewing contracts to representing our clients in court.
Our business law firm offers the following services to our clients:
- Business contracts
- Business formulation and planning
- Consumer debt collections
- Enforcement of liens
- Non-Compete Agreements
If you are involved in a legal dispute that is heading towards litigation, our business lawyers will design a legal strategy to defend your company or maximize your recovery. Regardless of whether you need a business lawyer to help defend you in a negotiation, arbitration, or trial, our business law firm can help protect your assets.
Business Law Firm FAQ
At what stage should you consult a business lawyer?
Many business owners seek legal guidance when faced with a corporate dispute between two or more parties, however, our practice areas also include business entity formation and business planning. A business lawyer can help you handle a variety of issues from setting up a business and getting your articles of incorporation, to more complex problems such as representing you in business litigation, advising you on tax implications, and setting up appropriate financial institutions.
What types of contract law do we handle?
A business lawyer can help you finalize contracts and ensure you and your business assets are protected. Our business lawyers have experience representing business entities and small business owners with a wide variety of contract law cases, including but not limited to the following:
- Sales contracts (general terms/conditions)
- Distribution agreements
- Manufacturing agreements
- Sales representation agreements
- Employment contracts
- Non-disclosure (confidentiality) agreements
- Development agreements
- Franchise agreements
- Rental/lease agreements
- License agreements
- Executive compensation agreements
- Employment agreements
- Non-compete covenants
- Covenants not to solicit customers or employees
- Real estate sales contracts
- Merger and acquisition agreements
What business formation services do we offer?
The way in which you choose to incorporate your business makes an impact on your assets, taxes, and liability. A business lawyer will help you in choosing and setting up the right type of business entity that will work to your benefit. Not only will a small business lawyer help you get set up for success, but they can work with you to devise a business plan and advise you as your business grows. We help our clients with a variety of new business formation services, including:
- Drafting agreements & preparing legal documents
- Contract negotiation & employment law
- Due diligence
- Overseeing & mediation
- Business entity support
- General counsel
What is shareholder inspection?
In North Carolina, shareholders have the right to inspect the books of companies they hold an interest in. North Carolina Gen. Stat. § 55-16-02, subsection (a) states an absolute right to request and review a business’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, board resolutions approving the issuance of shares, written communications with shareholders and meeting minutes, annual reports, and the names and addresses of directors.
Before or in conjunction with filing a lawsuit, a shareholder may demand to inspect key documents – and the business in question must oblige. If you would like to request a shareholder inspection or have any questions regarding which documents are required to provide, contact a business lawyer.
What can I do if a person or business is not paying money for services owed?
If a person, business, or entity owes you or your business money, you may be eligible to place a lien on their property. A lien means that the creditor has a claim to that property until the debt is fully satisfied or discharged. Putting a lien on a debtor’s property can be an effective way to make sure you get what is owed to you. Contact a business lawyer if you want to learn more about putting a lien on a debtor’s property.
What is partnership litigation?
Business formation requires owners to choose how to structure their business. If you choose to set up a partnership business entity, understand that disagreements will likely occur over time. Depending on the severity of the disagreement or breach, you may need to pursue legal action against your business partner.
When a partnership dispute occurs, you need a business lawyer to help protect your business and ensure a fair resolution. Our business lawyers are experienced in litigating a wide range of disputes. Our familiarity with complex and detailed partnership disputes allows us to effectively represent our clients.
Contact Our Raleigh Business Law Attorneys
We support Raleigh businesses in every way we can and will work on your behalf to protect your business and your interests. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call us at (919) 615-2473 or fill out the form below.
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