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McNeil Law has the experience to help your business from startup to success while navigating the common speed bumps along the way.

We offer a Free Consultation which helps determine if we are the perfect fit for your business.

Starting Your Business

Your business formation is a very important step and depends on your short and long-term goals.

Some important things to consider are:

  • Protection of your personal assets
  • Ability to avoid corporate “double taxation”
  • Ability to raise capital
  • Partnership considerations
  • Exit strategy

These are just a few factors. Schedule a consultation and let us help you understand some of the complexities in establishing a solid foundation for your success.

Business law attorney services:

  • LLC Formation
  • Corporation Formation
  • Drafting bylaws, board minutes, and other corporate documents.
  • Business registration
  • Licenses and permits
  • Shareholder and partnership agreements
  • Annual reports for LLC
  • Buying a Business
  • Letters of intent
  • Acquisition and purchase agreements
  • Due diligence
  • Stock transfers
  • Limited liability company purchase agreements (LLC Formation)
  • Transfer documents
  • Transfer of permits and licenses and contracts
  • Escrow agreements

 

Employment attorney services:

  • Hiring and Compensation of Employees
  • Handbooks, Policy Manuals
  • Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Terminations, Severance Plans, and Releases
  • Trade Secret Protection and Confidential Information
  • Legal Compliance Audits
  • Operating and Partnership Agreements
  • Non-compete & Non-disclosure Agreements

 

Independent Contractors

Can your small business benefit from using independent contractors? When properly done, classifying workers as independent contractors, rather than employees, has a number of significant advantages:

  • No employment taxes
  • No withholding
  • Fewer benefits
  • Less liability

NOTE: Proper classification is critical. Misclassification may lead to government fines and penalties.

Is an independent contractor arrangement right for your business? We can discuss your situation and draft your independent contractor agreement so that your business is in complete compliance.

 

Our independent contractor services include:

  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Audit Assistance
  • Counseling

 

Protecting Your Assets

Do you have a business asset protection plan?

A business asset protection plan protects small business owners from all kinds of business liabilities.  If owners are not protected, they can become personally liable for business claims and/or debts.

Business asset protection can be simple:

  • Use a limited liability company or corporation
  • Separate personal and business assets
  • Avoid personal guarantees
  • Use the Company name when conducting business

We assist with the following legal matters:

  • Place assets in multiple entities
  • Move assets away from the business
  • Smart insurance decisions
  • Take advantage of homestead exemptions
  • Conduct regular legal compliance audits
  • Use business asset protection trusts

 

Solving Business Disputes

Do you need help negotiating a resolution with a customer, business partner, or employee?

Whether your dispute has arisen from a simple misunderstanding, ambiguous contract, or a disagreement with your business partner, we can assist you with resolution.

Litigation is an expensive solution. We strive first to resolve disagreements outside of court. We help you understand your rights and your best arguments.  We can also give you a good idea of the claims of the other parties to the dispute.

Of course, not every small business disagreement can be resolved amicably, although many can.  If need be, we’ll fight on your behalf for a fair and adequate resolution.

  • Legal Argument Evaluation
  • Legal Argument Development
  • Cease and Desist letter
  • Negotiated Settlement
  • Litigation Avoidance Strategy

 

Buying & Selling Products and Services

Commercial law affects every business.  Commercial laws and rulings govern commerce (the purchase and sale of goods) in all states and foreign countries.

We offer solutions to all of your commercial law needs, including corporate contracts, manufacture, sale, and shipping of consumer goods, partnerships, insurance, loan agreements, guaranties, liens, security interests, and more.

We can help solve your commercial law issues across many industries quickly and affordably.

Commercial law services include:

  • Sales agreements
  • Loan agreements
  • Corporate contracts
  • Terms of sale
  • Shipping Documents
  • Loan Agreements
  • Security Documents and Guaranties
  • Filing mechanics liens and others

 

Preparing Contracts

We’ll help you put your important agreements in writing. Commercial agreements should always be in writing.

Drafting clear and complete contracts ensures that your rights are protected and help prevent future misunderstandings with all parties.

 

Contract services:

  • Customer agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Independent Contractor agreements
  • Employee agreements
  • Sales agreements
  • Loan agreements
  • Lease & Sub lease Agreements
  • Employee manuals
  • Employee confidentiality agreement

 

Sales and Exits

Our small business focus means we can help you be successful selling your business.  We know seller and buyer tactics and the key agreements necessary to protect you when buying or selling your small business.

Our experience and deep understanding of business value can help increase the price you receive when selling. And, we’ll help you eliminate liability after the sale.

  • Letters of intent
  • Acquisition and sales agreements
  • Due diligence
  • Stock transfers
  • Limited liability company purchase agreements
  • Transfer documents
  • Transfer of permits and licenses and contracts
  • Escrow agreements

 

Business Law

Our business law attorneys provide comprehensive legal services. We help our clients identify the tax management, wealth transfer and general liability consequences of different business options:

  • Entity Formation
  • Acquisitions
  • Representation
  • Finance
  • Contract drafting and Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • Dissolution of business entities
  • Business employment matters
  • Non-compete contracts and litigation
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Construction liens and litigation
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Fiduciary duty
  • Regulatory Representation
  • Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer

 

Breach of Contract Claims

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Business Law Violations
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Miscellaneous Contract Disputes and Enforcement
  • Lien Enforcement Actions
  • Governmental Regulatory Disputes
  • Unfair Trade Practices
  • Commercial Real Estate Disputes
  • Construction Law Matters
  • Debtor/Creditor and Collections Actions
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Covenant not to compete disputes
  • Business Break Up

We want you to focus exclusively on the operation of your business while we handle your legal affairs. On your behalf, we’ll conduct thorough investigation, skillful negotiation, and aggressive litigation. We build convincing cases and are familiar with those working in North Carolina courts.

The information contained on this site is provided as a public service for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. The reader is advised to check for changes to current law and to consult with a qualified attorney on any legal issue before taking action of any kind. The information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice or to create or imply the formation of a lawyer-client relationship between the reader and this firm.

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McNeil Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill including Apex – Cary – Fuquay-Varina – Garner – Holly Springs – Knightdale – Morrisville – Raleigh – Rolesville – Wake Forest – Wendell – Zebulon and surrounding areas.

The information contained on this site is provided as a public service for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. The reader is advised to check for changes to current law and to consult with a qualified attorney on any legal issue before taking action of any kind. The information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice or to create or imply the formation of a lawyer-client relationship between the reader and this firm.

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