We provide a large portfolio of services to businesses, from the sole proprietor to the large corporations, from start-ups to seasoned and global operations. The Stern Law Firm can serve as a member of your executive team, assisting with important issues, from formation to global licensing and expansion. We invest time and energy to get to know very well your product and/or service, business plan goals and objectives.
Some of the services we provide include:
- Entity Formation
- Operating Agreements
- Strategic Planning for venture Capital
- Finding Alternative Funding Sources
- Founder’s Agreements
- Partnership Agreements
- Rules of Operation
- Employment Contracts and Laws
- Labor and Employment Issues
- Client Contracts
- Vendor Contracts
- License Agreements
- Lease Agreements
- Registration of Federal and Worldwide Trademarks and Copyrights
- Promissory Notes
- Internal Personnel Investigations
- Debt Collection
- Due Diligence on Acquisitions
- Representation on Governmental Issues
- Organizational Structure
- Vendor Agreements
- Buy-Sell Agreeements
- SBA Funding and Loans
- Business Plan Consultations
Strategic planning is the key to success. It provides the traction needed in the short term in order to grow over the long term. We take a personal interest in your business to make sure it’s built for the long run. Together, we can chart a course for tomorrow, making sure your physical and intellectual profits are protected. We look forward to understanding your vision with the focus of making it happen. Writing your business plan doesn’t have to be difficult. If you need to create a business plan, give us a call!
Create Business Entities
An important component of strategic planning is the way in which the business structure is designed. There are several structures available but finding the one that works best for your business requires an understanding of long term goals. Sole proprietorships allow for easy flexibility but provide little to know liability protection. Corporations offer great liability protection if operated correctly, but not always ease of use with all its formalities. The limited liability company structure offers the flexibility of both but may be costly depending on the expected gross income of the business. The Stern Law Firm will help you select the optimum structure to fit your needs.
Draft & Review Contracts
The old saying, “the devil is in the details” is especially true in contracts. It can mean the difference between receiving the value expected for your services or products or falling victim to a provision that takes it all away. In every contract there must be a meeting of the minds – an offer and an acceptance to terms that are clearly understood and cover the key issues. There must also be a provision that describes the resolution of contract breach, and the remedies. The Stern Law Firm will make sure your interests are protected and your business contract is clear and effective. We have experience with all types of contracts.
Draft & Review License Agreements
License agreements are similar to contracts in that they articulate the respective duties and responsibilities and performances expected of each party. The separate component is that a license typically infers contracting ones specific right to another to use or sell their product, or use their name or brand for a particular use and duration of time. Therefore, the license agreement is unique in that it makes sure that the item being licensed is not diluted in value in any way, while also providing for the negotiated compensation. We have many years of experience with trademarks and copyrights being licensed throughout the world, and will make sure your product or trademark or copyright is also protected. From music licensing agreements to patent licensing agreements, the Stern Law Firm is here for you.
Register Trademarks and Copyrights
For many businesses, the value of their trademark and/or copyright is more valuable than all of their physical assets combined. Think of Disneyland, for example, they have a great deal of assets tied up in theme parks and rides and movie-making equipment, but the name Mickey Mouse or the movie, Snow White, might be worth as much or more based on the value it brings to the products or services to which it is attached. When selling the product, service or the business itself, the intellectual property is of great importance. At the Stern Law Firm we can help you start protecting your intellectual properties and the value it brings to your business in the days and years ahead.
Negotiate Business Deals
The opportunity for success is largely based on the original negotiation for the business or the space to hold the business or the contracts with vendors to help make the product. Structured correctly, the business increases its opportunity for success by minimizing overhead while increasing growth. A large overhead from the get-go can easily force bad decisions in the short run, which may have a tremendous negative effect on the long term. The Stern Law Firm can assist you through the strategic planning and the negotiation process to create a deal that will increase your likelihood for success.