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If you own a small company, a small business lawyer can help you start your operation and keep it running smoothly. The Weisblatt Law Firm’s counsel and legal representation may keep your company out of legal trouble so it can perform at its best. Our firm has been helping small businesses like yours since 2009, so you can trust us to provide you with effective and affordable legal representation.

Why Should You Hire a Houston Small Business Lawyer?

Can You Afford the Costs of Mistakes You’ll Make Because You Don’t Have an Attorney?

Whether you started some time ago or are planning to begin a business, a lawyer is a critical part of your team. Running a business is complex and time-consuming, so you rely on a team of experts. You may have a bookkeeper, an accountant, a banker, and an insurance agent to help your business stay open. You may outsource your payroll and marketing functions. Given all the potential legal challenges you face, it only makes sense to hire a Houston small business lawyer.

Your business solves a problem or meets a need. You tell potential customers not to spend time and effort to address these issues, but to hire you instead. You have the expertise and knowledge they lack, and you can tackle the problem much more effectively and efficiently. Instead of paying for mistakes while they learn by doing, your services are a much better value.

The same reasons you give potential customers and clients are why you should retain Houston business attorney Andrew Weisblatt. Do you want to spend your time and energy learning about the law instead of using those resources to run your business? By hiring our firm, you may prevent costly mistakes that might threaten your business . . . or you could run the risk and do it yourself.

Legal Issues and Challenges You May Face as a Business Owner

Business Formation

What’s the Best Fit for You, Your Goals, and Your Business?
Your business will be involved in legal issues from the moment it starts until the day you close or sell it. Selecting the right legal entity can get you started in the right direction and prevent problems later on.

We can discuss what your business does, your goals, plans, those involved in starting and running it, and the problems you must avoid. There are many legal entities to choose from. Each has benefits and costs. You may begin with one entity, run into problems, then create a different one that better suits your needs. Which one’s right for you is your decision to make:

1. Sole proprietorship
This is the easiest to form, and you’ll have complete control of your business. You’re automatically a sole proprietorship if you conduct business but aren’t another business entity. With a sole proprietorship, your personal and business assets and liabilities mix. If you can’t pay back a business debt, it may be satisfied with your personal property. Banks may be reluctant to loan to you, and investors won’t be interested.

2. Partnership
A partnership is the simplest way for two or more people to own a business, but there are downsides. One partner can be bound by an agreement made by another, even if they weren’t aware of it. Your personal assets could also be used to pay the partnership’s financial obligations.

3. Limited liability company (LLC)
An LLC is a mix of corporate and partnership business structures. LLCs protect your personal property from business debt liability in most cases, because they’re separate from your business assets. Your profits and losses can pass through to you without corporate taxes. Any LLC can have a limited life; and if your business is involved in big but separate projects, you could form an LLC for each one. An LLC may be a good option if you’re at a higher risk of being sued or need to go into debt to operate. You may also pay less in taxes than if you owned the business through shares in a corporation.

4. Corporation
A corporation is a legal entity separate from its owners. Corporations may make a profit, be taxed, and can be held legally liable for their actions. Unless the corporation is used as a sham to shield shareholders from liability, they shouldn’t be held personally responsible for paying its debts, taxes, or lawsuit verdicts.

Corporations have the best protection for owners from personal liability, but the cost of forming and running one is higher than other entities. There’s more record-keeping, processes, and reporting. A corporation could pay taxes on its profits, and stockholders can pay taxes on profits distributed as dividends (unless it’s an S corporation).

Unlike a sole proprietorship or partnership, a shareholder can leave the business, but the entity can remain intact. It should also be easier to get loans and investments from others. A corporation may be a good option if:

You could mix business entities, depending on what you do. A corporation could be part of a partnership, a member of an LLC, and own stock in another corporation.

Contracts

Protect Your Rights and Interests Through Enforceable Contracts

Small businesses deal with contracts all the time. Legally enforceable contracts aren’t just in writing, and just writing down an agreement won’t necessarily make it enforceable. Without realizing it, you may be bound by an oral contract or a contract formed by the parties’ acts. If you breach a contract (intentionally or not), you can be held responsible for the harm caused the other party.

A contract is a legally binding agreement involving at least two parties, creating a mutual obligation to do something or refrain from doing something. It must have the following:

You may want to have a key employee, supplier, customer, or contractor bound by one. A contract could protect your personal property and prevent an important employee from working for the competition. It provides both sides some certainty, which allows them to plan their business’s future costs and actions.

If you’re given a contract to sign, it should be reviewed by an attorney. Never sign anything you don’t understand, because the potential costs may be far greater than what you hope to gain. If you want to create a contract with another party, contact our office. There are many possible defenses to enforcing a contract. If it’s not drafted and executed properly, it may not do you any good.

Debt Collection

Your small business won’t last long if customers or clients don’t pay you. Laws apply to debt collection, so you can’t say or do whatever you want if someone owes you money. If your actions and words are severe enough, you risk legal action against you that can cost far more than what you’re owed. If despite reasonable, good faith efforts, and if the amount at stake justifies it, you may need to sue a client or customer to get paid.

Employment Law

If you have employees, there are many state and federal laws and regulations you must follow. There may also be local ordinances that apply. If you violate them, you might be investigated and or sued by a government agency. An employee, former employee, or job applicant might also file legal actions against you. If you want to have work done by an independent contractor, not an employee, but you don’t handle it properly, that, too, can get you into legal trouble.

Real Estate

If your small business has a physical location, you need to buy or lease it. If you’re buying real estate, there may be zoning or land-use issues. If you’re constructing an office or facility, there will be contracts to sign. If you’re leasing, that lease should be reviewed to make sure you get what you need while reducing your obligations as much as possible.

Dispute Resolution

At some point your business may be involved in a serious disagreement with another party that may result in litigation. It could be a partner you think embezzled from your company, a customer claiming you cheated them, or an employee accusing you of discrimination or not paying them for their work.

Thankfully, very few disagreements are resolved at trial, saving parties time, energy, and money. They also lose control of the outcome when a judge or jury decides the matter. The Weisblatt Law Firm negotiates resolutions for our clients, and we represent them at mediations, arbitrations, and in court. Highly specialized areas of law can be involved, and if you try to do this yourself, you won’t be focused on running your business.

COVID-19

We can help your company navigate COVID-19 issues. Whether you’re having difficulties with an employee, a government agency, or some contractual obligation, the Weisblatt Law Firm will be there for you.

Financial Struggles

If your company is having a hard time paying its bills, we can help you find a way out. That can be through collecting debts, renegotiating loans, laying off employees, selling assets, or selling all or part of your business. You may need to end contracts because you can no longer afford the obligations, or you may choose to close locations that are under lease. Closing your business or trying to get a fresh start through bankruptcy may also be options.

Contact a Houston Small Business Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

Whether you own a small business or are planning to open one, quality legal counsel and representation are critical to your business’s success. With the Weisblatt Law Firm’s help, you may avoid serious legal problems and the costs they involve.

For more than 20 years, Houston small business lawyer Andrew Weisblatt has helped hundreds of businesses start operations and succeed, and he can help your company, too. To schedule a free phone consultation with Mr. Weisblatt, call us today at 713-666-1981. If you would prefer to send us an email, please fill out our online contact form.

Houston Business Contracts Attorney

Attorney Andrew Weisblatt

Mr. Weisblatt has practiced continuously since becoming licensed in 1992 and has represented businesses ranging in size from one person start-up ventures to multi-national corporations employing hundreds of people in multiple countries. From 2005 through 2009 Mr. Weisblatt was in-house counsel and chief operating officer of a multi-national corporation in the steel products industry. That in-house position provided valuable insight into how businesses work and what they actually need from their lawyers – both in-house and outside counsel. Attorney Bio

Steven Hanson

What can I say? I will never hesitate to recommend this firm to anyone. Personable, professional, honest and diligent. Period.

Houston Business Contracts Attorney

Attorney Andrew Weisblatt

Mr. Weisblatt has practiced continuously since becoming licensed in 1992 and has represented businesses ranging in size from one person start-up ventures to multi-national corporations employing hundreds of people in multiple countries. From 2005 through 2009 Mr. Weisblatt was in-house counsel and chief operating officer of a multi-national corporation in the steel products industry. That in-house position provided valuable insight into how businesses work and what they actually need from their lawyers – both in-house and outside counsel. Attorney Bio

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KATY, TX 77493
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