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Business Formation Advice a Wise Investment for a New Business’ Success

When you are a starting a new business or forming a new entity from a recent merger and acquisition transaction, it is important to get the best legal advice to ensure the structure is the most beneficial for your long-term success. Individually owned companies with doing-business-as (DBA) designations can seem attractive due to the limited amount of paperwork involved, but this structure offers limited tax breaks and and exposes you to personal liability for debts and business obligations . LLCs, S or C-corporations can provide owners with tax savings and a structure that protects an individual business owner from personal liability.

After providing advice about the right business structure for your needs, an Ohio business attorney can assist with the drafting and/or review of your business plan, operating agreements, and contracts so that your business begins with a solid foundation. An experienced business attorney stays abreast of the evolving regulations on the local, state, and federal level that impact your business. This is vital to ensure that your governance documents and business operations are compliant with the ever-changing laws and disclosure requirements.

Proper planning during the initial business formation stage is essential to provide the necessary framework for business expansion on a national and international level. These business formation principles also apply to individuals and entities that want to form non-profit businesses and organizations. A knowledgeable and experienced business attorney will make sure that you know and understand the choices you have when forming a business and the consequences of those choices.

Obtaining the advice of an attorney when you start a business to help draft and review contracts and agreements related to the sale of your products or services, employment agreements, and the protection of your intellectual property assets, will ensure a successful start and help minimize disputes and liabilities in the future.

Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs, Co. LPA has been serving clients throughout Ohio since 1991. OLRB’s partners have more than 85 years of combined experience and developed a unique and diverse practice to meet the various needs of our business and individual clients. OLRB practice areas include but are not limited to: Corporate, Finance and Business Services; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate; Construction; Trusts, Estates, and Wealth Transfers; Taxation; Labor & Employment and Government Relations & Administrative Law.

OLRB would be pleased to discuss your legal representation needs. Contact Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs Co., LPA at 614-716-0500.

Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 8:29 pm and filed under Corporate & Business Services.

Small Business Owners Should Create a Solid Exit Planning Strategy for Long-Term Viability

Small business owners work hard to grow their business and manage operations. But when it comes to retirement planning, business valuations, insurance, and even exit planning, these tasks always get pushed to tomorrow. Being proactive about these important business decisions is actually a vital part of a business’ success and longevity. To truly plan for a life where you get to enjoy the success of your business and see it flourish after you retire, you need to consult a business attorney that can guide you in creating a sound business strategy.

Steps for a Effective Business Continuation Strategy

Business Valuation
Determine a method to value your business on a yearly basis. A business attorney can create a strategy in the event that a partner leaves due to retirement, disability, or death and plan for who retains ownership of the company and who gets paid for that portion of the business. A business attorney will ensure the plan meets IRS standards and asset purchase agreements accurately reflect the needs and wishes of the business owners.

Retirement Planning & Life Insurance
A knowledgeable business attorney will create a plan to provide a business owner with retirement income, life insurance, and investment choices. As the business owner, you are vital to the business’ livelihood and should have a worst case plan in place in the event of death or disability.

Retirement planning can also include buy-sell agreements so that the owners who do remain with the company can purchase a departing owner’s share of the business. This is especially helpful should future conflicts arise when an owner’s family or estate has differing views about business operations or planning that can complicate the livelihood of the business’ sales, productivity, and direction. Having a plan in effect will lessen the likelihood of these types of disputes and should they arise there will be a written and enforceable plan of action in place.

Exit Planning
A business attorney will provide legal advice and coordinate your estate planning to draft a legal agreement for your exit strategy. With due diligence and knowledge of the implications of each decision, an attorney will guide you to have a solid plan when you decide to retire, transfer ownership, or have a succession plan in place. An attorney will work with your CPA and financial adviser to ensure the goals, advice, and insurance vehicles will help the business thrive and lessen tax obligations.

All of these factors have consequences for your business, your valued employees, assets, and finances. This is why getting advice and direction early on from a trusted and experienced legal professional is recommended.

Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs, Co. LPA has been serving clients throughout Ohio since 1991. OLRB’s partners have more than 85 years of combined experience and developed a unique and diverse practice to meet the various needs of our business and individual clients. OLRB practice areas include but are not limited to: Corporate, Finance and Business Services; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate; Construction; Trusts, Estates, and Wealth Transfers; Taxation; Labor & Employment and Government Relations & Administrative Law.

OLRB would be pleased to discuss your legal representation needs. Contact Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs Co., LPA at 614-716-0500.

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 8:29 pm and filed under Corporate & Business Services.

Complex Zoning Laws and Disputes Can be Addressed with a Skilled Ohio Real Estate Attorney

Zoning laws aid in community planning and land development and governments will defend them vigorously even if changing times dictate that updates are necessary. Although these laws help to lessen disputes and provide for distinct districts that are dedicated to residential, commercial and industrial use, as areas grow and change, these regulations need updating to encourage economic and social benefits to individuals and businesses.

It is important that comprehensive land use plans are diligently researched and zoning laws understood before you take any action that can affect you or your business’ livelihood. Violations can involve fines, lengthy delays on building projects, and costly litigation. It is therefore advisable to contact a skilled Ohio real estate attorney that can explore your goals, needs, and inform you about the effect of zoning laws on your business or personal venture.

Some zoning problems can be resolved with requests for variances. A city’s board of zoning appeals will determine if your request is reasonable and, if so, tends to allow the minimum variance to accomplish your goal. Use variances allow for a change in use of real estate that is typically not allowed in a district. An area variance permits changes in setbacks, lot sizes, building sizes, and parking spaces, for example.

In Ohio, there are a wide range of zoning regulations that pertain to residential, commercial properties, industrial zones, and even agricultural and oil and gas properties. These laws can be complex and involve multiple authorities, questions of eminent domain, and mixed use development. A highly skilled real estate law firm is needed to represent your interests and resolve matters in a timely manner. A savvy real estate lawyer will expedite hearings, permits, negotiations, and even sophisticated financial matters to efficiently accomplish your objectives.

Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs, Co. LPA has been serving clients throughout Ohio since 1991. OLRB’s partners have more than 85 years of combined experience and developed a unique and diverse practice to meet the various needs of our business and individual clients. OLRB practice areas include but are not limited to: Corporate, Finance and Business Services; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate; Construction; Trusts, Estates, and Wealth Transfers; Taxation; Labor & Employment and Government Relations & Administrative Law.

OLRB would be pleased to discuss your legal representation needs. Contact Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs Co., LPA at 614-716-0500.

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 8:33 pm and filed under Real Estate.

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