As a business owner, you pour your heart and soul into your company and your customer base. You know the meaning of hard work and dedication, but you also know that running a business isn’t without its challenges. Many of these challenges you can handle on your own, while others may require you to turn to a commercial litigation attorney.
Since the introduction of the internet and smartphones, consumers have been able to research a business’s reputation before making a decision on whether to use their services or buy their products. In fact, it is said that 86 percent of all U.S. customers search online for reviews of a business before becoming a patron.
Estate planning is the process of putting the right legal instruments and people in place to take care of your loved ones should something happen to you, whether it be incapacitation or death. If you own a business, wholly or partially, that certainly must be a prime consideration in estate planning.
Following the pandemic and lockdowns in 2020, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity grew across the U.S. and the globe in 2021, not only in value but in volume. In fact, deal value in M&A activity reached $5.9 trillion, setting a record.
If you set about to acquire another company, whether through a merger and acquisition (M&A) or an outright purchase, there are two major means of closing the deal: purchasing the company’s assets or purchasing the company’s stock. Whether publicly traded or privately held, stock and its value, and that of the target company itself, need to be addressed with contingency and other clauses in the Stock Purchase Agreement.
A quick search for online legal templates yields thousands of results that offer simple and easy-to-use tools. All you need to do is to fill in the blanks and you are good to go. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Using those do-it-yourself (DIY) legal templates could spell disaster for your business.
A buy-sell agreement may sound like it’s a mechanism for buying and selling businesses, but that’s not exactly the case. A buy-sell agreement is an agreement forged between co-owners of a business to cover the departure of one owner because of retirement, divorce, bankruptcy, death, or just a simple desire to move on to a different pursuit.
Commercial leases in Minnesota are regulated by federal and state law, as well as by local ordinances, zoning and safety codes, contract law, and relevant court decisions. Specifically, the relationship of landlord and tenant is spelled out in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 504B.