Business & Corporate Law
Augusta & Richmond County Business & Finance Attorneys
The business and corporate attorneys at Klosinski Overstreet LLP are experienced in all types of business transactions. We have successfully handled real estate, bankruptcy (including debt workouts), automotive dealer representation, corporate contracts, wills and probate. When you come to us with any legal concern, you can rest assured that the same talented team will be working with you throughout your case.
We are dedicated to helping your business not only resolve immediate problems but also explore options that will make your business more productive and cost-effective in the future. Our practice, which spans Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area, is well-known for being forthright, paying close attention to detail, and coming up with creative solutions. We pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve in dealing with intellectual property and technological issues.
Why Open Communication Is Essential
Unlike some law practices that try to tell you what you want to hear, we are committed to honest communication. We believe that you can’t make wise decisions unless you are fully aware of the realities you’re facing now and the possible consequences you may confront in the future. Of course, honest communication is a two-way street, so we listen carefully to your input throughout our work together. We are convinced that working as a team will help us to achieve your goals as promptly and effectively as possible.
How Klosinski Overstreet LLP Can Help
As knowledgeable business and corporate attorneys, we are able to assist your company with a great variety of contractual, structural, and financial transactions as seen below. In addition to working on a case by case basis, our skilled attorneys are available for consultation.
Types of Business Organization
Our attorneys can help you decide which type of business organization best suits your needs. Your enterprise may work well under solitary ownership, a limited liability
partnership (LLP), in which some or all partners are protected from liability if another partner is guilty of misconduct or negligence, or a limited liability corporation (LLC) which combines the traits of sole or partnership ownership with those of a corporation. On the other hand, if you are dealing with a larger entity, your business may be better offset up as either a Subchapter C corporation (usually large and publicly held), or a Subchapter S corporation which avoids double taxation. There are, however, several significant restrictions placed on Subchapter S corporations, such as that your firm be domestic and have no more than 100 shareholders.
Drafting and Reviewing Contracts and Documents
One of the primary services provided by a business or corporate attorney is the drafting and reviewing of business contracts, purchase and sales agreements, organizational documents (e.g. bylaws, operating agreements), minutes of meetings, and employment and/or franchising agreements. Having us create these documents so that they are legal and unambiguous is an important way of protecting yourself and your company.
Contract and Partnership Disputes
However a business is structured, disputes are likely to arise occasionally.
These disputes may occur between partners, or between owners and their subcontractors, suppliers, or customers. Most disputes involve money one way or another — such as when poor quality supplies or goods are delivered, when subcontractors leave work unfinished, when one partner says that he or she has been treated unfairly, or when customers do not pay their bills. When you have a capable business attorney on your team, the matter can almost always be settled through careful negotiations or, if necessary, through small claims court.
General Business Litigation
Besides contract and partnership disputes, there are a number of other types of business litigation that need to be taken care of. Having a competent attorney at your side when such matters arise can make a significant difference in how efficiently your company runs. The strong legal support will enable you to remain focused on more important things — like running your company. Commonly, business litigation, besides those involving contract and partnership disputes, crop up as one of the following:
- Intellectual property disputes
- Breach of contract cases
- Shareholder litigation
If lawsuits involving any of these matters arise, our attorneys are familiar with the intricacies of the law pertaining to such cases and will have your back throughout the process.
Intellectual Property Matters
At Klosinski Overstreet, one of our specialties is helping you protect your intellectual property (IP) — the trademarks, patents, copyrights, brands, business secrets and inventions that make your company unique. We have a great deal of experience in this area of the law and are well-equipped to fight aggressively for your IP rights.
Bankruptcy litigation involves the representation of debtors, creditors, lenders, and trustees in all kinds of commercial and bankruptcy-related lawsuits. Our attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of business bankruptcy and can help you get through the process as painlessly as possible.
There are several legal steps that must be taken to officially dissolve a business in Georgia so that it will be beyond the reach of creditors. The process is somewhat complex, so it is wise to have us assist you in deciphering the articles of organization and the operating agreement in your particular case. Georgia law offers the option of filing a statement of “winding up,” which involves giving notice of the dissolution of your company to creditors and other claimants. It is also possible to post a public notice of dissolution in the newspaper. Generally speaking, claimants have two years after the date of newspaper publication to bring such a claim.
Adept at all types of business and corporate law, our attorneys are well-prepared to assist you in the formation of a startup, as well as keeping your corporation running like a well-oiled machine. If you need legal advice for your business or corporation, we are ready to provide you with outstanding counsel tailored to your specific needs. You can reach us promptly by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website.