By Matt Dickstein
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I have been a business / corporate attorney since 1995. I work with domestic and international businesses of all sizes and types.
Philosophy on Legal Fees:
I charge flat fees for most business transactions. 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 $100 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 straight-talk. For more information, read — Maximizing Your Legal Dollars.
Typical Business & Real Estate Transactions:
Corporations & LLCs. I do formation and incorporation of entities, including LLCs, S and C corporations, professional corporations, close corporations and Delaware Series LLCs.
Shareholders & Partners. I handle shareholder and partner relationships, including shareholder (buy-sell) agreements, LLC operating agreements, partnership agreements, and joint ventures.
Buying & Selling a Business. I handle the sale of your business, or your purchase of a new business.
Competition and Customer Lists. I protect customer lists from theft by competitors (including former employees).
Commercial Leases. I draft and negotiate commercial leases, from the tenant or landlord side.
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.
Stock Option Plans. I do stock option plans. See the menu to the right for my 7 Article Series on Stock Option Plans, Restricted Stock, Phantom Stock and Other Incentive Plans for Closely Held Businesses.
Real Estate Transactions, including purchase and sale of real property, real estate joint ventures, and evictions.
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, Distributorships?