Business Law FAQ

How can a business lawyer help me?

Consider the lawyer's at Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC as a resource for any questions you may have about your business. Questions may include how to manage relationships with employees, methods of avoiding litigation, how to enforce agreements, and how to protect the business you have built and your reputation. Our lawyers can help you recognize and deal with issues that often blindside business owners and answer questions regarding issues before they become critical. Our lawyers are a phone call away. Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC knows the law, knows how it applies to your business, and the actions you need to take to stay on the right side of the law.

Why do I need a business lawyer?

A business lawyer acts as your confidant and advisor.  At Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC, our extensive experience in business formation and management allows our lawyers to guide you in dealing with customers, vendors, employees, and government agencies. We help you understand your rights and responsibilities. We help you assess risks and benefits. We can provide you with a plan of action. Our experienced litigation team represents you in mediation, arbitration, and court. Our job is to allow you to focus on your business and provide you with the protection and guidance you need to be successful.  

Why should I hire a business lawyer?

You know how to run your business, Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer , LLC is here to know the law. We have the training and experience to deal with legal matters that occur as you run your business. Our job is to keep you doing what you do best as a business owner. A business lawyer will help you form your business, including choosing a business entity type, registering with the Secretary of State, and keeping the IRS satisfied. A business lawyer will negotiate agreements and draft contracts that protect your interests. A business lawyer will represent you in court, whether that involves enforcing your rights or defending you from claims. We protect you, your business, and your family.

What type of business should I start?

Beginning a new business is an exciting time. Success depends on the foundation you set for your new business venture. Part of that foundation is developing a business plan and choosing a business entity that meets the needs of your new venture. There are many types of business entities to choose from. Some of which include:

  • Nonprofit
  • Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Professional Corporation
  • Joint Venture
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)

The type of business entity you choose alters your relationship with your business and how that business interacts with the world. The entity type or legal structure determine how your business operates, how your business handles taxes, and the personal liability risk of your business. Contact Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC and we will help you avoid the pitfalls of business formation.

I have picked a business type, now what?

Once you have picked the entity type for your business, you need to register in your chosen jurisdiction. You may register a business where it will operate or where you live. The first step is to determine if the name for your business is available and may involve searching through multiple databases to determine availability. After you determine the availability of your business name, you will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork for your chosen business entity type and pay the requisite fee. Then you will need to apply for a business identification number, business tax ID, and relevant permits and licenses. Let Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC can handle the details and you run your business.

How do I handle employees?

Having an employee handbook is a necessity. The employee handbook establishes the expectations, rights, and rules for employees. Establishing good policies may help protect you from being sued. However, poorly drafted employee policies may subject you to liability. Have the attorneys at Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC help you in drafting or reviewing your employee handbook. Our attorneys can help you stay in compliance with the constantly changing employment laws.

How do I protect my personal assets?

Many business owners are concerned with how to protect their personal assets from a debt owed by their business. The entity you choose when forming your business may help protect your personal assets if something goes wrong with the business. While no entity will protect you from intentional fraud or illegal activity, the lawyers at Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC can guide you through the business formation process and answer your questions regarding potential liability.

How do I hire a business lawyer?

Give Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer, LLC a call. We will set up an appointment with your prospective lawyer and that lawyer will listen and answer your questions – including the question of how much legal representation will cost. Our lawyers will listen to you and provide you with a gameplan.

The lawyers at Jarvis, Bridge, Halttunen, & Weyer , LLC can handle all your business questions and get you the help you deserve.

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