33 Things a Business Planning Attorney Can Do For You

(1) Form and maintain your corporation status

(2) Form and maintain your limited liability company status

(3) Protect personal assets from business liabilities

(4) Protect the assets of one business, or one line of business, from the liabilities of other lines of business

(5) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements with customers and make those agreements easier to enforce

(6) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements with vendors and make those agreements easier to enforce

(7) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements with employees and make those agreements easier to enforce

(8) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements between shareholders of a corporation or members of a limited liability company, and make those agreements easier to enforce

(9) Avoid misunderstandings and ease enforcement of agreements between company management and company owners

(10) Stay clear of trouble with the state or federal securities commissions when offering ownership in the company to prospective shareholders or members

(11) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements to buy or sell real estate and make those agreements easier to enforce

(12) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements to rent or lease real estate and make those agreements easier to enforce

(13) Avoid misunderstandings about agreements to rent or lease equipment and make those agreements easier to enforce

(14) Avoid misunderstandings about co-ownership of real estate

(15) Incentivize and keep employees

(16) Keep your company minutes in order, or get them in order

(17) Meet with your attorney and other advisors to strategically plan the next year

(18) Sell your business

(19) Buy a business

(20) Copyright what you write

(21) Patent your great idea

(22) Protect your great logo, trademark, or service mark from being used by others

(23) Plan for succession of your business to children, key employees, or new owners

(24) Plan for transition of your business when you die

(25) Plan for transition of your business if you become disabled

(26) Protect against the destruction of your business in the event of your divorce

(27) Protect against the destruction of your business in the event of your partner's divorce

(28) Keep shareholders from competing against your business when they leave

(29) Keep the old owner from competing against your business when she leaves

(30) Keep key employees from competing against your business when they leave

(31) Protect your company's confidential information

(32) Document the duties, responsibilities and compensation of a company director or manager

(33) Document the duties, responsibilities and compensation of a company officer

BONUS: Oh yeah ... your lawyer often helps you save taxes.