Business Formation & Estate Planning For Business Owners
Serving Businesses in the State of Maine
Incorporation, Trade Marks, Partner Agreements, Employee Matters and more…
When Your Business Is Your Estate.
Living in Maine is about striking the right balance between your income-generating activities and your life-affirming passions. Our law firm concentrates on business law, and estate planning. By limiting our practice areas, we find we are better able to serve our client’s needs.
Formation & Startup
Forming an LLC is easy. Maintaining limited liability takes some care. LLCs are the most flexible and advantageous small business entity. Every single LLC should have an operating agreement, and an annual audit to make sure it is still delivering on the promise of limited liability.
LLC Formation, Corporate Formation, Non-Profit Formation, Convert Business Entity, develop and draft operating agreements, and conduct quarterly and annual audits of LLCs to maintain their limited liability.
Employees & HR
Agreements & Handbooks
Profitably starting, running and selling a business depends upon the quality of employee relations and management. We draft the documents that help you attract & keep qualified people, avoid liability for discrimination or other claims, and keep a key employee post-sale of a business.
We develop and draft employment agreements, arbitration agreements, employee handbooks, employee performance review procedures, deferred compensation agreements, stay bonus agreements.
Co-Owners & Partners
Joint owners of a business should address disability, death & divorce right at the start, in an agreement. Operating agreements and buy sell provisions can also address capital calls, profit and loss, rights and obligations of investors vs managers and sale of the business
We develop and draft operating agreements and buy-sell agreements, life insurance trust agreements, trigger provisions for the forced sale or purchase of a partner’s interest in a business.
Mergers & Acquisition
Buying & Selling A Business
Buying a business or selling a business can require complex due diligence. Analyzing and developing the terms of purchase or sale, financing, equity vs asset purchase and working with knowledgeable CPAs to obtain the best possible result.
We develop and draft Equity Purchase Agreements, Asset Purchase Agreements, due diligence audits, Secured Promissory Notes, Assignments and Transfers of Interest, Bill of Sale and Assignments.
Day to Day Operations
Being in business requires having written formal agreements. Having it done right is a stitch in time. Whether you need a simple purchase order form, or a commercial or residential lease, lay a good foundation, and avoid expensive litigation in the future.
We develop and draft commercial leases, subcontractor agreements, contractor agreements, license agreements, non-compete and NDA or non-disclosure agreements.
LifeCounsel® … Plans that Work!
LifeCounsel® is built on the my 25 years of legal experience. What is LifeCounsel?
LifeCounsel® is a four-part system to ensure that your estate plan meets your unique goals and prioritizes your unique concerns.
Step 1 is knowledge.
Step 2 is Goals and Concerns.
Step 3 is Design.
Step 4 is Follow-Through and free Periodic-Review.
Most estate plans fail for 3 reasons: they are not customized, they do not contain the wisdom of the planner, and, lastly, they are not maintained.
LifeCounsel® fixes all of that.
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