Arizona Business Law
Queen Creek Law Firm Serving Businesses Throughout the East Valley
At Peterson Law Offices, PLLC, we build on our own business experience, in-depth understanding of business finance, and our legal skill and knowledge to assist our business clients with setting up a new business and managing all the legal aspects of an on-going business. We provide a full range of legal services for businesses of all sizes and types in Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, and the rest of the East Valley.
Because every business is as unique and special as the people who run it, we take a highly-personalized approach to providing business law services to our clients. We get to know you, and you get to know us. By talking with you about all aspects of your business operations and personal financial circumstances, we develop a thorough understanding of your business and how it fits into your personal life.
That solid foundation sets the stage for developing mutual trust and respect in our relationship with you as a business client. In that context, we are prepared to fully address all your needs and concerns — present and future — with a sincere interest in and dedication to helping your business to grow and succeed.
Business Formation and Choice of Legal Entity
One of the most important decisions (and often the most important decision) a business owner makes involves choosing the type of legal entity, which determines the structure of the business. There are a mind-boggling number of different choices. Finding the right one requires sound legal guidance.
Sometimes a business owner will make the decision about business structure even before establishing the business. Other times, the owner will start as a sole proprietorship and realize that a different type of legal entity might be better for both the business and the owner. Regardless of which situation you are in, Peterson Law Offices is here to help.
A primary goal in choosing a business entity is limiting the owner’s personal liability, as well as planning and preparing against future liability. That goal can be accomplished by setting up the business as an entity of its own.
Based on federal and state laws that apply to businesses in Arizona, a business owner has the choice of operating as any one of the following types of entities:
- Sole proprietorship
- C corporation
- S corporation
- Non-profit corporation
- Benefit corporation
- Professional corporation
- Limited partnership
- Limited liability company (LLC)
- Professional limited liability company (PLLC)
Making the choice of business structure requires understanding the full ramifications of the options available for your business. Liability and taxes are two key concerns. Some types of business structure facilitate a more casual approach to running a business, with fewer guidelines and formalities required. Other structures have strict formal requirements that must be met by the business on an on-going basis.
When you come to Peterson Law Offices for help choosing the structure for your business, we fully explain what options are available. Then we work closely with you to make the right choice for your unique business and personal circumstances.
After the business structure is decided, we handle all the legal steps necessary to set up your business, including naming your business and making all the necessary filings and public notifications. We also explain in detail how to implement your new business structure in your business operations on an on-going basis.
On-Going Business Legal Counsel and Advice
The support Peterson Law Office provides for your business does not end after the business is set up and running. For our business clients, we assist with all the different types of legal concerns and issues that can arise during business operations.
Many small- and medium-size businesses do not need legal counsel on a full-time basis, but every business benefits from having experienced assistance with routine legal concerns that arise. On account of our own business background and practice focus, Peterson Law Offices is able to fill the role of “general counsel” for our business clients, providing legal counsel and advice on an on-going, as-needed basis. We are always available and easily accessible, just as your own in-house counsel would be.
When you count on us, you don’t have to wonder or try to figure out who can help when an issue arises. You don’t need to explain who you are and what your business does — we already know you and understand your business. You can just pick up the phone, call us, and discuss your concern or problem. We will promptly work on resolving the issue, regardless of what it may be.
We also take pride in providing our business clients with preventive counsel and advice, making sure that you and your business are protected and that all your needs are met. Often, it’s much easier to avoid a problem in the first instance, rather than solving it after it arises. Our pro-active approach to our business law practice helps you safeguard your business and your assets and keep your business running smoothly.
One of the main areas where we can help involves the many contracts that a business encounters. Making certain that your contracts protect you and your business on an on-going basis is an essential part of the services we provide. We can help your business in many different ways, including:
- Real estate leasing and purchase
- General contracts (drafting, review, and negotiation)
- Internal agreements
- Employment contracts
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Compliance and regulatory issues
- Business acquisition, merger, and dissolution
- Business succession planning
Regardless of what concern or issue your business is facing, you can count on Peterson Law Offices to provide you with sound business law counsel and advice.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With an Experienced East Valley Business Law Attorney
Whatever the size or nature of your business, Peterson Law Offices welcomes your inquiry about our business formation and business law counsel services. We work with clients throughout the East Valley, including businesses in Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Gilbert, Mesa, and Chandler. Schedule your free initial consultation by calling 480-878-5998 or using our online contact form.