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Small Business Law

We help small business entrepreneurs handle a variety of legal matters so that they can focus on their passion. Starting a business is exciting and time-consuming. It can be easy to overlook or put off important legal considerations. However, as the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Having quality legal advice and assistance well before issues arise is an investment to conserve capital and promote long-term success for your business.

Attorney Annette Rhodes can assist you with selecting the right business structure for your new venture, then create contracts and policies to help protect your fledgling business from trouble. Hiring her to review contracts such as lease and service agreements prior to signing is extremely helpful in avoiding problems down the road. You can often negotiate more favorable terms but, at a minimum, you can understand what commitments you are making. Attorney Rhodes has also assisted many nonprofit organizations and understands the unique differences between for-profit and nonprofit entities.

Besides staying abreast of legal matters and keeping contracts up to date, every business should anticipate and plan ahead for changes in ownership as the result of death, disability, retirement, or disagreement. We help businesses establish fair buy-sell agreements to avoid unnecessary conflict in the future when an owner wants to leave and appropriate succession plans so that the business can continue even after the primary manager steps down. Similar to having a good estate plan for all your assets, having an appropriate buy-sell agreement or business succession plan will spare your partners, employees, and family members a host of difficulties.

Whether your small business or nonprofit is just getting started or has been serving customers for generations, Rhodes Law Firm, PLLC, would be honored to provide you with counsel, and we commend you for taking this important step in business ownership. Contact our office by phone or through the website to schedule an appointment.