Jean Sifleet specializes in helping (small) business owners stay out of trouble and avoid litigation, unlike some other attorneys who thrive on expensive litigation and trouble.
Buying/Selling a Business
Whether you're buying or selling a business, it's critical to perform "due diligence" and a thorough financial review. You need to determine what's most important to you in the transaction and structure an agreement that is fair and understandable. We help you formulate a detailed plan for the terms of ownership transfer and structure a smooth transition.
Professional Practice Sales, Mergers and Collaborations
Our approach to a successful reorganization is to keep negotiations on a win-win basis and avoid adversarial tactics. We handle professional practice arrangements for medical and financial professionals and others, so that the atmosphere remains as harmonious as possible. We help you negotiate an agreement for a fair and workable transition, whether it's for office sharing, succession planning or complex multi-discipline practice mergers.
Organizing the Business
When is the right time to incorporate? What are the benefits? Should it be an S-Corp or C-Corp? Does a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) make more sense? We help you choose the right legal form for your business and prepare the supporting documents including stock subscriber and shareholder agreements.
Contracts & Licensing
From licensing a key technology to negotiating a lease for office space, we help ensure that your contracts reflect your objectives and protect your interests.
Protecting and Leveraging Your Intellectual Property
The lifeblood of most companies is their intellectual property, their creative works and ways of doing business. From selecting and protecting your name (Trademark and Internet brand), to using non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, to licensing your creative works, we provide an integrated approach to protecting and leveraging your intellectual property.
Services include analyzing business and industry financial data and developing readable, useful plans that draw from experience in numerous disciplines (such as economics, law, strategy, accounting). We make sure that such plans conform to professional guidelines and are appropriate for investment decisions, loan applications, the purchase or sale of a business, succession planning and all types of negotiations.
We help you set up easy-to-administer employment practices (using checklists and management guidelines) to satisfy Federal and State requirements. We also provide a broad range of employment-related agreements, such as non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, as well as incentive compensation plans.
We advise on key business projects that benefit from an independent perspective and focused attention, such as:
- Background analysis for strategic decisions
- Business plans for operational and investment purposes
- Negotiations, Contracts, Licensing
- Opportunity Analyses
Without systems, your business is flying blind and your growth prospects are limited. We help you implement efficient and effective business systems to manage and control operations and finances.