Business & Corporate Lawyer
By Matt Dickstein
I have been a
business / corporate attorney since 1994. I work with domestic and
international businesses of all sizes and types.
Philosophy on Legal Fees:
For most business
transactions, I charge flat fees. This helps you
budget your legal costs and avoid surprises. I have done most
deals many times and this helps me predict the likely cost. Further, I
try to fit the legal services to the size and complexity of
the transaction. It makes no sense to treat a small
business purchase like a multi-million dollar deal, because
a small deal cannot support the legal fees of a big deal.
Conversely, bigger, more complex deals need more legal work.
The trick is to know what is really important in a deal.
Experience helps, because it helps me tell you what legal
services you absolutely need and conversely, what services
you can take a calculated risk and forego (hence not pay
for). Clients are always grateful for this kind of
For more information, try this article --
Maximizing Your Legal Dollars.
Typical Business / Corporate Transactions:
- Corporations & LLCs. I do formation and incorporation of entities,
including LLCs, S and C corporations, professional
corporations, close corporations and Delaware Series
LLCs. Check out these articles:
- Professional Practices.
I work with professional practices, including medical,
dental, chiropractic, veterinary and accountancy
corporations. See my page
- Shareholders & Partners. I handle shareholder and partner relationships,
including shareholder (buy-sell) agreements, LLC
operating agreements, partnership agreements, and the
structuring of joint ventures (including syndicates). If
you're interested, read these articles:
- Stock Option Plans. I do stock option plans. Try this 7 Article Series
on Stock Option Plans, Restricted Stock, Phantom Stock
and Other Incentive Plans for Closely Held Businesses:
- Buying & Selling a Business. I handle the sale of your business, or your purchase
of a new business. Try these articles:
- Exit & Succession Planning. I do exit & succession planning. Exit planning is
all about transitioning a business from the original
owners to second generation family or management, or to
an outside buyer. My goal is to get you out of your
business with maximum payoff, maximum security and
minimum taxes. If this topic interests you, try these
- Competition and Customer Lists. I protect customer lists from theft by competitors (including former
employees). Try these articles:
- Franchise Law. See
my page, Franchise Lawyer.
In addition, I help clients structure their business systems to
comply with law -- check out
What's the Difference between a Franchise and --
Seller Assisted Marketing Plans, Business Opportunities,
Multilevel Marketing, Salespersons, Licenses,
- Securities Law. I was a
securities lawyer for many years, but I no longer
represent companies in their offerings of securities.
I keep my prior articles on securities law available on
my website, but I do not check whether they are current
anymore, and I do not vouch for the accuracy of the
articles. Feel free to read my articles at
Securities Lawyer, but
please consult with a practicing securities attorney
before taking any action.
- And More. I handle
other business and corporate work, for example: