Business & Corporate Law

 

Steven W. Ledbetter, P.L., Attorney at Law, provides legal advice, drafting and representation of businesses, corporations, partnerships, incorporators, shareholders, directors, employees, partners, officers, buyers, sellers, lenders and borrowers in Florida regarding the following business and corporate legal matters:

  • Formation and maintenance of corporation (incorporation, articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, resolutions, amended articles, amended bylaws, and reinstatement);
  • Formation of partnership (partnership agreement);
  • Dissolution of corporation (articles of dissolution, termination agreement, and disputes);
  • Dissolution of partnership (termination agreement, winding up, and disputes);
  • Sale and purchase of business (due diligence, contract for sale and purchase, bill of sale, assignment, and closing);
  • Legal questions in business operations (legal questions and answers that arise in operating all kinds of businesses, such as retail stores, jewelers, manufacturers, contractors, architects, engineers, designers, lenders, landlords, and publishers);
  • Prevention of legal problems (preventative legal advice, legal document review, legal checklists);
  • Fictitious name (registration & litigation of fictitious name);
  • Contract drafting and review (sale, purchase, exchange, goods, services, consultant, independent contractor, agency, advertising, broker, commission, arbitration, arts, assignment, licenses, construction, building, subcontract, guaranty, warranty, indemnification, release, and bill of sale);
  • Loan documentation (promissory note, mortgage, security agreement, UCC filings, loan agreements, and closing statements).

 

Business entities such as LLCs, partnerships, and corporations help to limit the liability of the owners and keep your personal assets safe from creditors and debts.  There are many more reasons to create a business, schedule a free consultation with an attorney today to discuss all of the ways creating a business will benefit you.  

 

Business Creation

We will meet and hear about your business and decide how it should be structured to protect you from liability and meet your goals.  If you are already in business, we can decide if your current structure is best.  

  • Florida Corporation / (LLCs) - 
    • choose a unique name
    • file with Department of State, Division of Corporations
    • possibly need local business license, permits, zoning
    • obtain a FEIN
    • creation of written action of organizer 
  • Essential Florida LLC with Liability Protection & Buy/Sell Provisions
    • choose a unique name
    • file with Department of State, Division of Corporations
    • possibly need local business license, permits, zoning
    • obtain a FEIN
    • creation of written action of organizer 
    • creation of formal Operating Agreement
    • Inclusion of Restriction on Transfer & Buy-Sell provisions in Operating Agreement
    • creation of corporate book & Membership Interest Certificates
    • serve as Registered Agent in state of Florida
    • provide counsel regarding titling bank accounts & assets of the entity
    • Filing with IRS for "S Corp" status, if applicable
  • Florida LLC with Asset Protection & Estate Tax Planning
    • choose a unique name
    • file with Department of State, Division of Corporations
    • possibly need local business license, permits, zoning
    • obtain a FEIN
    • creation of written action of organizer 
    • creation of formal Operating Agreement
    • Inclusion of Restriction on Transfer & Buy-Sell provisions in Operating Agreement
    • creation of corporate book & Membership Interest Certificates
    • serve as Registered Agent in state of Florida
    • provide counsel regarding titling bank accounts & assets of the entity
    • Filing with IRS for "S Corp" status, if applicable
    • additional options for Asset Protection
    • options for Family Limited Liability Structures
    • separate options for General Manager
    • options for Layering of Multiple Entities and added Complexity 

Annual Meetings and Updates

Annual planning is essential to your business's success.  On our Corporate Care Plan, each year we will serve as your registered agent, create annual meeting minutes, file your annual report with the Florida Division of Corporations and pay the filing fee, and we will provide updates to your Corporate Book.  

Business Succession Planning

Ledbetter Law Group can help you determine the long-range future for your business.  This can include naming who will take over if you were to pass away or become disabled.  We can discuss how your business will be sold and the funding deemed appropriate to finalize the sale.