Whether you are starting a new venture, seeking asset protection, protecting against competition, acquiring an existing business or seeking assistance with business contracts or disputes, Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross provides the legal help and guidance to stay ahead of the marketplace.
Business Formation and Operational Documents
A critical moment in any new business is selecting the appropriate corporate entity for your business and creating the entity and the internal framework. At Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, we routinely help our clients form new entities and create the operational structure of the entity by drafting the necessary shareholders or organizational documents which dictate critical matters such as voting rights, ownership interests, first rights of refusal, succession planning.
Although the specific entity is based on your goals and business plan, a primary purpose of most entities is to shield owners from individual liability. Different entities provide different levels of anonymity and asset protection. We are skilled at providing deft guidance to determine which entity is right for your business, and, more importantly, which entity is right for you. All of these factors are weighed, and it is our goal to provide you with an effective solution to assist you and your business in achieving success.
Contract Negotiation and Preparation
Contracts are the lifeblood of every business. They are also the source of many disputes, whether it is due to the fact that one party has not lived up to their obligations, or due to the fact that the parties disagree as to what those obligations are. Careful contract drafting can avoid many of the pitfalls and ambiguities that can cause these problems. Our attorneys are available to negotiate contracts from start to finish or to review draft contracts negotiated and drafted by the parties themselves.
Those seeking to enter into a contract would be well-advised to have a business attorney review a contract with “well trained eyes” for any possible potential problems and ensure they are properly addressed before execution. By clarifying contract language and ensuring the parties have completely expressed their intentions, businesses and individuals can greatly reduce the opportunity for problems in the future. Such preemptive action is far less expensive and disruptive on the front end than dealing with a dispute once it has arisen. It is our philosophy that good contracts make for good business relationships.
Protecting Against Solicitation and Competition
As a business owner you may have a legitimate business interest in preserving the investment you make in your critical staff and employees. Florida law permits non-compete and non-solicitation agreements whereby key employees and staff may agree not to compete within a certain industry and location; however, there are specific statutory restrictions and requirements that should be carefully navigated in order to provide an enforceable agreement.