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Business Law

The contemporary business landscape in Texas presents a host of challenges to entrepreneurs launching new enterprises as well as established companies with a presence in the marketplace. Whether it’s selecting the right business structure, protecting intellectual property, or managing risk, the key to success is often a matter of having superior legal representation.

The Hay Law Group, PLLC helps entrepreneurs implement their business strategies and provides established outfits with tools that are essential for continued growth. We proactively assess the legal risks facing an array of businesses and provide recommendations that will keep them moving in the right direction.

Start-ups

Business Formation

Many Texas start-ups face the initial challenge of selecting the best business structure. We advise clients regarding the business formation process as well as completing and filing the appropriate documents for a variety of entities, including:

  • Subchapter C-corporations
  • Subchapter S-corporations
  • Limited liability companies (LLC)
  • Partnerships (including LLP)

Our experienced business law attorneys also assist with applying for the necessary licenses and routinely negotiate and prepare shareholder agreements, partnership and operating agreements, and buy-sell agreements. Once these building blocks are in place, we help entrepreneurs design strategies that will enable them to reach their goals whether through product launches, stock and asset purchases or strategic alliances.

Intellectual Property

As business owners bring new products to the marketplace, it is essential to protect their innovations and establish their brand. The Hay Law Group, PLLC works with entrepreneurs to secure their intellectual property by preparing confidentiality agreements to protect trade secrets and assisting with the proper registration of trademarks and copyrights.

Business Counsel

Compliance

A priority for any growing business is to manage risk by ensuring its practices and policies adhere to local, state and federal regulations. For businesses that are not equipped with in-house counsel, we perform legal audits on a flat-fee basis to ensure that they are in compliance with rules promulgated by a variety of regulatory agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Texas Workers Commission (TWC), the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and other authorities.

Employment Law

In order for an established business to grow, it is essential to attract and retain talent. To help achieve this objective, we assist a variety of entities with establishing hiring, compensation and employee benefit policies and developing employee handbooks. We also assist businesses with the preparation of employment agreements and non-compete agreements. We work collaboratively with clients to enable them to understand their responsibilities under local, state and federal employment laws and regulations.

Contracts

The Hay Law Group, PLLC routinely negotiates and prepares a wide array of contracts for creative professionals and entrepreneurs such as chefs, photographers and freelancers. We work closely with these clients to ensure their rights are protected through well-designed agreements. Our experienced attorneys recognize that it is essential to  specify performance expectations, the scope of work, assignment or leasing of intellectual property rights, deadlines, compensation schedules, and clarify how disputes will be resolved.

Real Estate Services

Our firm’s business law practice also includes developing strategies for buyers and sellers in the commercial real estate market. We have extensive experience in land use and zoning issues, state environmental rules in addition to arranging complex financings such as construction loans, syndicated mortgage loans, bond financings, sale lease-backs and conduit financing. We also regularly negotiate and prepare leases on behalf of landlords and tenants regarding all types of commercial and mixed-use properties.

Business Disputes

The time to rely on an attorney is not only when a dispute arises, but well beforehand in order to minimize the exposure to costly litigation. In the event of a business conflict, though we encourage clients to negotiate a settlement, we are also well-prepared to litigate in court if a dispute cannot be resolved through negotiation.

Business Services at the Hay Law Group, PLLC

At the Hay Law Group, PLLC we believe that it is crucial for any entity to proactively manage the legal risks of conducting business in Texas. We combine the sophistication of a large law firm with cost-effective and personal service. We are passionate about helping new businesses gain entry to the marketplace and assisting established companies to grow in a safe and efficient manner. If you need advice on launching a new business, bringing a new product or service to the market or protecting your brand, call our office today for a free 15 minute phone evaluation.