Starting A Business In Florida
The advice of your attorney is an intricate piece of your business planning process. Whether you are a small-business owner or entrepreneur, we will help you handle legal matters related to starting or growing your business in a commonsense and economically sound manner.
Business Formation And Incorporation Guidance
Properly incorporating your business is imperative, as it creates a solid foundation for your growth and offers you a multitude of legal protections when it is done right. Our team at the Law Office of Sam J. Saad III will evaluate and advise you through all aspects of starting a business in Naples or anywhere else in Southwest Florida.
Under Florida law, there are many corporate structures available. The most popular is the corporation or limited liability company (LLC). Each option has advantages and disadvantages. We will take time to understand your goals and unique business needs. Together, we will determine which business structure is best for your particular goals, in consideration with your:
- Industry and market
- Corporate governance
- Projected short- and long-term profitability
- Employment needs
- Operational structure
Understanding your business plan in greater detail will help us make the proper entity selection and tax elections (i.e., “C” or “S” corporation status, partnership or sole proprietorship) that will best serve your immediate and long-term needs.
No matter what business you are in, there is a government agency out there with a set of rules that you must comply with. Many rules and regulations come with hefty monetary and criminal penalties for your failure to comply. Our attorneys know how to successfully navigate the bureaucracies that oversee your industry.
Whether you are a real estate broker, contractor, tradesman, professional service provider or any occupation licensed by the state, we can assist you in compliance before you get into trouble. Should an unfortunate violation occur, we can help you navigate the department overseeing your business and protect your legal rights.
Contract Drafting And Review
The structure of any good business is built on the foundation of well-written, enforceable contracts that protect the business while allowing smooth operations and sales. We develop custom contracts for our clients, and we review and negotiate all contracts presented to our clients.
We will work with you and your partners, vendors and customers on practical, economical solutions in all contracting matters, always keeping your liability protection at the forefront.
Are you hiring managers? Salespeople? Hourly workers? Temporary help? You need specific employment agreements that protect your business.
Our skilled attorneys will work with you to craft customized employment agreements that cover items such as:
- Job responsibilities
- Paid holidays and vacation
- Sick leave
- Commission (when applicable)
- Non-compete clauses
- Bonus pay and/or profit sharing (when applicable)
- Car mileage and travel allowance
- Moving and transition expenses
- Termination and severance packages
In this highly litigious world, where predatory attorneys know you have insurance and valuable assets, you need an advocate and trusted adviser who understands the employment laws as they apply to small business. You need a lawyer who is capable of helping you draft employment agreements specific to your small business that ultimately provide your business with impenetrable legal protections.
Please call us today at 239-963-8999 or email our team to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation with one of our lawyers in Naples or the Ft. Myers area. We look forward to helping your business thrive.