Starting and operating a business can be exciting and very rewarding. It can also involve risks. Proper legal counsel can minimize those risks and maximize your profits. Columbus Legal provides valuable legal advice to our clients on the purchasing or formation of small to medium-sized businesses. Furthermore, we offer advice about its operation, sale, succession or dissolution. Our clients are counseled on the subtleties of selecting a business entity, be it a corporation, limited-liability company, partnership, joint venture or sole proprietorship. The choice of form depends on the specific nature of the business, the need for flexibility and the need for limiting personal liability for the operations of your business. We also provide counsel on how to obtain financing for your business, business operations and transactions, employment matters and the termination or transfer of a business. We listen to our clients’ objectives and goals to provide the most advantageous business-legal advice that is in compliance with applicable business and tax laws.
Once formed, an operating business requires constant attention to legal matters. For instance, there are many state and federal laws, which regulate and affect the relationship between businesses and their employees. Laws govern everything, from hiring to termination, including wages, unions, layoffs and unfair competition. Businesses must also develop supplier and distributor relationships, while protecting their competitive advantages.
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