Practice Areas

Small Business

Central Law Group represents clients with a range of business legal matters including business formation, contracts and other transactions. Our goal is to help your business succeed by protecting you from unnecessary risk and positioning you to take full advantage of business opportunities as your business grows. We provide counsel to our clients on issues that arise during business formation, day-to-day operations, business expansion or sale, as well as intellectual property planning and protection and business disputes.

How to Start a Business

Taking a great idea and transforming it into a viable business is a challenging and complicated process. The decisions you make and the care you take up front will impact your business in the years to come. This overview of how to start a business briefly describes some of the steps we will assist you with in the process.

Business Name

You might have a wonderful idea for a business name, but you must be certain that the name is available and does not infringe on the trademark or trade name of another company. Depending on type, size and scope of your business, you will need to consider many other factors, such as obtaining licenses and permits, leasing real estate, zoning issues, insurance, tax matters, accounting procedures and hiring employees. The attorneys at Central Law Group assist you with investigating the availability of the name as well as helping to protect the name from others.

Business Entities

One of the first decisions you will make when you start a business is the type of business entity to form. The entity you select will have an impact on your tax and liability status. The attorneys at Central Law Group assist new ventures and growing businesses with choice of entity, business formation, and related contract drafting and applications.

The quality of legal representation during business planning and formation can have a significant and far-reaching effect on a company's profits, the personal liability of the owners, and the ability to take advantage of subsequent business opportunities as they arise.

Whether you are contemplating a new venture or are involved in business planning to further advance your goals, the attorneys at Central Law Group can help you select the entity that is suited to your situation. Business forms, such as sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability partnerships (LLP), S-corporations, C-corporations, and limited liability companies (LLC), involve specific benefits and risks, primarily related to taxation, personal liability, and operational control. We will prepare and file all necessary documentation to establish your business in good standing under state laws and provide assistance with name searches, registrations, compliance with federal, state and local regulations, and preparation and monitoring of certain licenses and permits. We also prepare and advise with shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, business agreements, buy-sell agreements, confidentiality agreements and other corporate governance documents.

Business Transactions and Documents

We also assist new ventures and established businesses with negotiating and drafting of contracts involving mergers and acquisitions, employment law, protection of trade secrets, commercial real estate leases, resolution of contract disputes, planning for business succession, and dissolution as well as in securing and documenting business financing.

We will work with your team of advisers including accountants, insurance agents and other professionals to make certain that when an issue arises, we can provide you and your entity with the best professional guidance to help your business succeed.

Intellectual Property Planning and Protection

Protecting confidential business and technical information is critical to any business. Central Law Group works with clients to draft agreements and establish procedures that protect their interests. If unauthorized disclosure or use already has occurred or is threatened, count on our considerable experience in the litigation of trade secret claims, covenants not-to-compete, confidentiality agreements and claims asserting unfair competition, and breach of common law fiduciary duties; to mount an effective campaign to protect your valuable information.