The Woodlands Business Attorneys | Entity Formation & Contracts
At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, our business attorneys will deliver high-quality, pragmatic and affordable services for each area and phase of your business in and around The Woodlands area. In addition to working with many business owners over the years, we are a small business ourselves. So, we understand all the work and challenges that starting and running a business present.
For instance, though you have an inspiration for a new venture, you may currently be employed and need to evaluate whether your business plans are affected by any confidentiality, non-compete or work product obligations owed to your employer. Or, you may be in the process of separating and need advice on negotiating the terms of severance.
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If you are ready to get going, then you need to decide whether to incorporate and select another entity. And, make it happen. But, first, you may need to find out if the corporate and product or service names you would like to use are available for your business. Right after working through all that you probably want to obtain an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service and establish your company bank account. Perhaps, you also need to elect Subchapter S or similar tax treatment. Next, if you have any key investors, shareholders or partners, then most likely a shareholder, operating or partnership agreement will be in order – depending upon whether you organized as a corporation, limited liability company or partnership. As a condition to negotiating those arrangements, it may be necessary first to put a non-disclosure agreement in order to prevent somebody else from taking your great idea or invention that started you on this path.
With the groundwork out of the way, you probably will be about to step up your dealings with others. For example, you may need to negotiate a lease for some office, retail or industrial space. And, obtain a permit or license to operate your particular type of business. At some point, you may require some help and engage independent contractors or hire employees. The former may call for an agreement, while the latter will ramp up your tax and payroll burdens and trigger the need for an employee policy manual.
Depending upon your line of business, you are likely to have some important purchasing or sales situations that may demand attention to the terms and conditions of the transactions, especially if they will be repeated often or involve significant amounts or risks. Likewise, if your business entails frequently providing or procuring professional services, then you probably will need to focus on contractual matters to make sure you get the benefit of your bargain.
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Additionally, the essence of business law is the contract or agreement. However, the concept is very flexible and may include everything from a handshake, email exchange or one-page letter to a 100-page document. And, today, it is not unusual to outsource mission-critical business functions to vendors pursuant to key agreements. We pride ourselves on helping clients to decide when a written contract or agreement should be required and to negotiate the right type of document for the given circumstances. In any event, we methodically work to have the right combination of provisions for clients, whether involving recitals, covenants, representations, product and service warranties, indemnification, disclaimers, liability or remedy limitations, confidentiality, intellectual property, notice, termination, choice of law, choice of forum, dispute resolution or publicity. Furthermore, depending upon the type of business you own, there are likely to be certain frequent types of contracts or agreements needed. Accordingly, we frequently prepare versions of standard, form, model or template contracts and agreements.
With more than 40 years of combined experience in business law in The Woodlands and surrounding areas, we have prepared and negotiated most types of business contracts and agreements, including shareholder agreements concerning formation, organization and control of corporations and other business entities, mergers, acquisitions, alliances, joint ventures and exclusive licensing deals, distribution, sales, supply, services, consulting and loan arrangements, confidentiality, patent, trademark, trade secret, non-competition, software and outsourcing matters, and much more.
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Our knowledgeable business attorneys at Woodall Batchelor PLLC are prepared to work with you through all of these situations and a multitude of others. And, we will do so in a practical and affordable way, taking your particular preferences and objectives into account. We provide business law services for companies, entrepreneurs, executives and families in The Woodlands, Houston, Montgomery County, Harris County, and the surrounding communities. We strive to deliver first-rate legal counseling and representation that is timely, pragmatic and effective. We do so by listening intently, thinking creatively and communicating clearly—and by not being afraid to challenge conventional wisdom. Our clients encompass most industries and stages of development, ranging from sole proprietors and small businesses just getting started to international corporations trying to close complex deals.
We also often serve as general counsel for our clients, managing all legal matters for the business and arranging for additional specialized resources as needed. Whether for a one-time or ongoing engagement, our business attorneys at Woodall Batchelor help our clients with common-sense advice and insights, honed by years of experience in The Woodlands and nearby areas. We strive to provide a small-firm personalized client experience while also guarantying sophisticated legal service that you would expect from a large firm. We are dedicated to understanding your business and your legal needs so that we can better deliver professional results.
You can count on business attorneys to be fully accessible and responsive, by returning your calls and emails as quickly as possible and by being available for meetings and conference calls at your convenience. We will keep you informed every step of the way, regularly advising you about the handling and status of each of your business matters. At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, we welcome any opportunity to discuss your business and legal needs, and we promise to focus on your particular goals and seek the most effective strategies and tactics. Please feel free to contact us to arrange an initial consultation.
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The business attorneys at Woodall Batchelor PLLC can help you resolve business disputes through negotiation, mediation, or trial in federal or state court. We understand that commercial litigation can put at risk everything for our clients who work so hard to achieve and impact a business’ ability to meet its objectives. Our mission is to help our clients resolve their business disputes through the most profitable means available. We will assess the potential risks, costs, and benefits of litigation and counsel the most effective course for our clients. Woodall Batchelor has experience advising and representing individuals and businesses in a variety of matters regarding contract disputes, negligence, deceptive trade practices, securities fraud, racketeering, insurance and bad faith claims, equitable remedies, commercial debt and promissory notes, conversion or theft, employment, and shareholder litigation.
We specialize in handling partnership disputes, real estate matters, investment claims and much, much more. All of these matters may have a considerable financial effect for any individual or company—both large and small. With so much at stake, choosing the appropriate legal counsel will make all the difference.
Our team understands that it takes more than aggressive advocacy and trial experience to make us successful commercial litigation business attorneys. It takes the ability to look at the larger picture—to see the client’s business goals, then develop and implement a legal strategy that furthers their immediate and long-range objectives. We are a small business ourselves and understand how disruptive the cost and distraction of litigation can be. We make every effort to achieve a negotiated result without litigation. If litigation is necessary, we pride ourselves on representing our clients as efficiently as possible. Unlike larger firms, we focus on the work that needs to be done to achieve the desired result—not what needs to be done to keep us busy.
It is inevitable that sooner or later virtually every business either must pursue, or is the subject of, a legal claim. We aggressively protect the interests of our clients, whether through negotiation, arbitration, mediation or litigation of business disputes. We have handled bankruptcy, collection, contract, employment, environmental, indemnification, insurance, intellectual property, lender, lien, merger and acquisition, product liability, real estate, shareholder and will disputes. At Woodall Batchelor, we work with our clients to quickly assess the merits of a potential claim and develop a strategy and budget appropriate to the circumstances. Regardless of whether our client has been involved in commercial litigation before, we carefully review the time, expense, outcome probability, outcome magnitude and other considerations in order that realistic expectations are established.
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We consider it a great privilege and even greater responsibility to take on Texas commercial litigation cases, and we will work hard to win. We don’t believe in excuses, we only believe in results. All litigators are lawyers, but not every lawyer is a litigator. And not every litigator is a commercial litigation attorney in Texas. When you’re ready to do battle in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, you need a lawyer who can win the case or make the deal in the moment—making the right decisions in the heat of battle is what litigation is all about. Litigation is a very special skill set among lawyers and our business attorneys at Woodall Batchelor PLLC are good at Texas commercial litigation. Litigation isn’t a theoretical or academic exercise; it takes a unique blend of experience, smarts and good old-fashioned hustle. And Texas commercial litigation is among the toughest types of litigation—so you need the knowledgeable attorneys to achieve your goals.
At Woodall Batchelor, we fully understand that your choice of a commercial litigation attorney may be on the most important decisions you make. For business disputes, you need a litigation lawyer with a track record of winning cases, making deals, and getting things done in The Woodlands. In order to be a great litigation attorney, you have to be on the same page with your clients. You also have to be sharp and relentless. Our lawyers are determined to deliver—whether it’s winning a supposedly “unwinnable” case, and negotiating an early settlement that exceeds the client’s expectations. To be a good attorney means you have to prepare the most, work the hardest, and care the most. Our business attorneys here in The Woodlands know there is no magic bullet for success; we are ready to put in the hard work. Cases are often won or lost long before the parties ever step in the courtroom, and our attorneys know how to strategically handle a case so the outcome is clear before the trial ever comes.
For many business attorneys, it’s easy to get caught up in the process and the details. But we never forget that results are what matters to you. Winning a judgment is meaningless if you’ve spent more on litigation than what the judgment is worth. Furthermore, a judgment is meaningless if it can’t be collected. A successful result is earning a collectable judgment at a price that is worth it. In commercial litigation, cases are won or lost long before trial ever begins. By the time a trial starts, the attorneys and the judge will already have a good idea of how the case will play out. The real work is in gathering the evidence, researching the law, and leaving no stone unturned in understanding the case.
At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, we believe that commercial litigation is something that needs to be handled correctly the first time. A poorly handled case cannot only result in lost verdict, but can actually complicate your legal issues above and beyond the original scope of the problem. Litigation is a chess match, and you need a litigation attorney who can make the right opening moves that set up for an inevitable victory. If you need a commercial litigation attorney in The Woodlands, Texas and surrounding communities, don’t hesitate to contact our firm today. Our attorneys have a real depth of experience in business and commercial disputes. Being a lawyer is a privilege, and it is our privilege and responsibility to do the very best we possibly can for our clients.