Business Transactions & Dissolutions Attorneys Serving Los Angeles, California
Responsive Representation when Buying, Selling or Dissolving a California Business
If you are planning to buy, sell or dissolve a business, the business law attorneys at Lerner & Weiss APC can help. We have extensive knowledge and experience assisting business owners with all types of business transactions. We can assist with the transfer of a business to a new owner making sure to exercise all due diligence so there are no surprises down the road. If you need to dissolve your company, whether it is a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation, our legal team can help you take the necessary steps to close your business in the least painful way possible. For tax purposes and in order to avoid future litigation, it is important to follow the proper dissolution procedures.
For any business transaction, our office engages in extensive due diligence involving a detailed process of evaluations regarding the client’s interests, purpose, and goals, as well as appraising the value of the business the client is considering purchasing, selling, or investing in. These issues need to be fully explored with a lawyer from Lerner & Weiss in order to determine if your intentions can create a viable commercial venture.
You can trust Lerner & Weiss to conduct due diligence on your behalf.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions are almost always said together as though the word was one: mergers and acquisitions. Not true. There is a difference.
- Mergers. Mergers occur when two companies dissolve and then combine to form a new business. Thus, the companies “merge” and continue on as the newly formed company. The two smaller companies no longer exist.
- Acquisitions. When one company actually takes over another and the two companies become one. There is now only one owner. It is as though one business “swallowed” the other one, and the one that was swallowed totally ceases to exist.
If you are in search of a business to buy or are a business owner already who wants to sell, our purchase and sales attorneys at Lerner & Weiss APC will conduct your due diligence and draft your Purchase Agreement.
For Skilled Representation
There is a multitude of reasons why a business may be dissolved. The business owners may be retiring. One partner may want to sell his or her business interest to the other partner or partners. Sometimes, there is a dispute between partners that cannot be resolved. Whatever the reason, there are legal challenges to properly dissolving a business.
Once a business has been dissolved, it no longer has a legal right to exist in the state. If not done properly, there may be legal and economic consequences such as:
- Losing equity or income
- Loss of assets
- Accumulation of debt
- Adverse tax problems
- Future costly litigation
At Lerner & Weiss APC, we do everything possible to minimize losses that may occur as a result of the dissolution.
We listen to your needs and reasons as to why you are dissolving the business. We listen to your goals and desires and what you want to achieve by dissolving the business. After careful evaluation of all the facts, we provide counsel on and assistance with:
- Valuing the assets and liabilities of the business
- Evaluating all legal documents relevant to the business structure and daily operations
- Assisting the parties in coming to amicable agreements when disputes arise
- Making certain all parties are protected from future litigation arising from improper dissolution procedures, or from failing to continue insurance coverage for future liabilities that arise based on the time the business was up and running
- Selling inventory and filing any necessary sales reports
- Reviewing all contracts with other business entities to be certain there are no contract terms that will be breached
- Providing required notification and documentation to both local and state agencies
- Settling tax issues and obligations
- Assisting with any commercial collections
- Making sure proper termination procedures for employees are followed
- Minimizing disruption of customer or client relationships if a new business venture is planned
If you are considering dissolving your business, now is the time to contact our business dissolution lawyers by calling us or filling out our online contact form. It is worth your time and effort and we will work diligently to be sure you achieve the best possible outcome from the dissolution of your business entity.