ATLANTA BUSINESS REPRESENTATION AND GENERAL COUNSEL
New opportunities for profit and new legal challenges arise virtually every day in the world of business. General counsel services allow business owners to not only get ahead of the curve, but also to make the most of the opportunities presented while minimizing risk and liability so you can avoid business law troubles. Across all industries, virtually every Atlanta business owner’s top priority is the same: protecting their business. The best way to ensure that protection is with general counsel representation and contract drafting services provided by an experienced Atlanta business attorney with Hecht Walker, P.C. Representing business operations throughout Atlanta, Georgia and beyond, we offer a complete range of business law services and resources to our clients.
Concerns about the law are everywhere today for business owners. Even the most routine business decisions seem to require the services of a savvy and experienced business lawyer. If you are a business owner, it really is best to establish a long-term relationship with a business attorney whom you like and trust to provide effective legal counsel. Then, when you really need legal services, you will be working with someone who already knows and understands you, your business, and your business goals.
The most successful partnerships are built upon a foundation of trust, communication, and a shared commitment to everyone’s best interests. Among the many services we provide, the business attorneys at Hecht Walker, P.C. draft protective language in agreements for our clients to help them avoid legal disputes. When a business client calls about a new opportunity or concern, our veteran business lawyers analyze the potential costs and benefits. We work to include beneficial provisions in our clients’ legal contracts to optimize their opportunities. It’s a vital investment, and it’s the way to put preventive measures in place that keep routine legal issues from becoming costly legal disputes.
When you form a new business, you’ll encounter unanticipated obstacles and dilemmas, and you will have to make some difficult decisions. A good attorney can go a long way toward helping you to establish good business practices that will help you to avoid legal troubles. Hecht Walker, P.C. helps business owners protect their interests by completing or reviewing all of the legal documents required when forming a new business. With sound legal guidance and careful planning from the start, an experienced Atlanta business attorney with Hecht Walker, P.C. can help you avoid disputes that could disrupt or do serious damage to your business in the years to come. During and after a business formation, we will continue to partner with you for all of your business-related legal needs.
What legal services can Hecht Walker, P.C. provide to my organization?
Litigation is the most serious situation that will require a business attorney. Litigation can include situations where the government or a law enforcement agency is investigating you or your business; discrimination, harassment, or environmental lawsuits; or lawsuits filed by current or former partners, employees, vendors, clients, or customers. We provide aggressive, experienced courtroom representation when it’s needed, and we also provide the following business-related legal services:
- resolution of commercial business disputes and partnership disputes;
- independent contract agreements, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements;
- real estate contracts and agreements and commercial leases;
- legal help regarding contract breaches, fraud litigation, debt workouts, and liens; and
- legal help regarding vendor contracts, business divorces, and insurance coverage dispute.
As a business grows, what legal challenges will it face?
Healthy businesses are growing businesses. Expansion means new locations accompanied by the inevitable real estate challenges and leasing or property tax considerations. New employees may need to be added, and that means hiring, background checks, drug testing, and other routine procedures must be carried out to the letter of the law. You can’t take any legal shortcuts – doing so could put your entire organization at risk.
If your business is a partnership or a sole proprietorship that has already been successful for several years now, this may be the right time to transition into a more formal business structure: a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation. You’ll gain additional legal protection for yourself and your business as well as important legal and business advantages. A more formal business structure can help you attract new investors, and by rebooting your business as an LLC or as a corporation, you’ll be safeguarding your assets and potentially saving yourself from costly legal troubles in the years to come.
Establishing a corporation or an LLC can be an exhausting task. An experienced Atlanta business attorney can provide invaluable assistance with your articles of incorporation and with the complicated tax and legal requirements of a corporation or an LLC. And when you buy or sell a business, you’ll want the advice of a good business lawyer who can also help you negotiate sales agreements, lease agreements, and much more. Let the business attorneys at Hecht Walker help you. We’re already advising scores of business owners in Atlanta and throughout the state.
Everywhere, it seems, businesses large and small are being sued by employees and former employees over allegedly unpaid wages. Many of these lawsuits are apparently the result of unintentional mistakes made by employers trying to comply with confusing federal regulations; in other cases, companies have misidentified employees as independent contractors. The business attorneys at Hecht Walker can see to it that your workers are properly categorized as employees or as contractors, and we’ll help you understand complicated federal employment laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
What other legal guidance does Hecht Walker, P.C. offer regarding employment laws?
Many employment-related concerns are not new and have always been a part of business. For example, a terminated employee may threaten to sue the former employer. Do you know how that lawsuit will be handled under Georgia law? Are you in compliance with other state and federal employment laws? What about your employee manual and your other employment policies and procedures? Hecht Walker, P.C. provides comprehensive employment-related legal assistance to businesses in the metro Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia.
Never before has owning a business been so exciting, challenging, or rewarding. As family-owned businesses are passed down to the next generation, new leadership is often thinking bigger than the previous leaders ever considered. Small companies are going global – often with remarkable success. But when you expand your business, you also usually risk new liabilities. If we can help to defend you against today’s business risks as well as tomorrow’s, the business attorneys at Hecht Walker, P.C. would be honored to help you.
This information was posted on 08-31-2016 and does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. The law changes on a daily basis, and the reader should engage an attorney through a written agreement before taking action in this area of the law.