A Full Service Business Law Firm

From starting, structuring, and licensing to exiting your business, Block45 Legal is here to help guide you. We believe your legal needs are an investment in the health of your business, not just a business expense or item to tick off the list. We are experts at evaluating business owner needs and uncovering potential opportunities that hadn’t previously been examined, including efficiencies.

Our attorneys have years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies and emerging startups, offering straightforward business consulting along with legal counsel. 

When it comes to business matters like buying, selling or starting a business, we can ensure the proper legal documents are in place to protect your business now and in the future. If you are starting a business, we can assist with writing and reviewing business plans to help you determine whether, based on today’s market and predictive future analysis, you will meet your goals. Block45 Legal masters the intersection of legal and business counseling, ensuring our services are an investment rather than a cost.

There are many things to consider with business formation including tax obligations and tax advantages of the various types of business structures. We can help with everything from taking on new investments or new partners to restructuring ownership and issuing shares. 

We will even provide analysis on how these changes affect your taxes, liabilities, and other considerations. Our attorneys are deeply knowledgeable in all types of business formations and will advise on which one(s) are right for your situation. Block45 Legal is driven to see opportunities for our clients, along with adding value through insightful business and legal counsel.


 
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Business Services Include:

  • Business Plans

  • State and Federal Business Licensing

  • Business Formation and Structuring

  • Employment Law

  • Contracts and Agreements

  • Risk Assessments

  • Information and Data Privacy

  • Business Consulting

 


Business plans

A business plan acts as a roadmap for your business, defining your goals and growth strategies and identifying the resources needed to attain them. Answering the questions of why your business is uniquely qualified to succeed are key—especially if you are looking for outside funding. With our consultative approach we will help you create a comprehensive business plan. 

 

State and Federal Business Licensing

Starting out in business can seem complicated due to federal and state tax IDs, permits and licenses. The required permits and licenses can vary depending on the type of industry as well as the structure of the business. To ensure your business is operating legally, Block45 Legal can assist you in obtaining the proper licenses and permits from state and federal officials.

 

Business Formation and Structuring

Every type of business structure comes with its own set of tax and legal consequences, from partnerships to corporations. We at Block45 Legal are deeply knowledgeable in business formation, and can advise which one(s) are best for your specific situation.

See our corporate law page for more information.

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Employment Law

There are both state and federal laws that apply to the employer-employee relationship. If you have employees or are planning to hire, it’s important to establish employment policies for your business from the outset. We can help you navigate worker’s compensation and contributions to state unemployment funds (mandated by law). We are well versed on the IRS rules for retirement plans and fringe benefits.

Contracts and Agreements

Running a business is multi-faceted and business owners inherently deal with contracts even if they are unwritten. While verbal contracts exist and are enforceable, written contracts protect both parties by including the specifics and contingencies of the agreement. Unfortunately, contingencies may not be at the forefront of your mind until after they become a reality (and the subject of contention). Block45 Legal can help ensure your contracts are enforceable and cover all likely contingencies by asking you the questions you may not have thought to ask of yourself.

Enforcement of contracts usually comes down to a matter of evidence, either a history of past dealings, or a written memo or more carefully crafted document spelling out all the contingencies. Most cases are won or lost on the evidence, so it’s imperative to have everything in writing. Contracts that are thoughtfully and carefully drafted can often avoid litigation.  Indeed, many hard feelings can also be avoided simply by committing everything to writing so that differences in understanding are tackled before those contingencies become reality.


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Business and Legal Risk Assessment

While no one wants to think about vulnerabilities and risks in their business, risk assessment is an important part of guarding against the likelihood of it occurring. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The attorneys at Block45 Legal can assist you in defining your risk tolerance, as well as working through the business or legal options that will best lower your risk.

Our attorneys will provide an honest, and thorough, evaluation of your current needs and predictive analysis of how those needs could change. We will then explain the different options available based on your long-term and short-term goals in plain language, without the legal jargon. We’ll help show you where potential liabilities may arise, and how to guard against them.

Information and Data Privacy

Privacy and data security issues are an increasing concern for businesses—one that hardly existed 30 years ago outside of the healthcare and financial services industries. Safeguarding personal information is imperative given the legal ramifications as well as loss of client trust associated with a security breach. In order to protect yourself and your company, start by assessing what types of private information you collect from customers, employees and vendors and who in your company has access to that information. 

Block45 Legal will help you develop policies, procedures and contracts for your business in order to protect sensitive information and remain in compliance with rapidly changing privacy laws.