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Business Law Attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Do you find yourself facing legal troubles in regards to your commercial enterprise? The longer you run a business, the more likely it becomes that you'll need the help of a knowledgeable commercial litigation firm such as ours. Address any problems you might face by turning to LAH Law PLC, the firm that Grand Rapids, MI, has trusted for years. Proudly serving Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Cascade, and Walker, MI, we're ready to help you manage the following legal aspects of your company:

  • Forming Contracts

  • Defending Lawsuits

  • Addressing Copyright Infringement

  • Forming LLCs

Take Some of The Stress out Of Owning a Business

Running a business is difficult enough without having to constantly worry about whether or not you are legally protected. There are many rewarding aspects of being a business owner, but when it comes to dealing with competitors, employee issues, and contract breaches, you have your hands full. Turn to our business law practice for help taking the burden off of these areas of your operation. We are here to provide you with the legal counsel and representation you need both in and out of the courtroom. Our attorneys keep you informed about any changes in your situation or the laws concerning your business even when there are no legal issues currently being contested. Call today to set up an appointment so that we can go over all of the important issues together.

Commercial Litigation Firm Offering Aggressive Representation

Contact our firm today to speak with a skilled commercial litigation lawyer. We are proud to represent Grand Rapids, MI, and the surrounding area.

Need Guidance for Your Business?

Small Business Law

I love small businesses. As a Grand Rapids small business lawyer, I love working with entrepreneurs (and I have worked with a lot of them). I have been involved with small businesses since I was a junior at Hope College and was a part-time accountant for a small construction company in Grand Rapids. It has always been a joy helping small businesses grow and succeed. As an attorney, I can help you in the following areas (and probably some that I have left off the list);

Business Entities

I can help you determine what entity is best for you – then create the entity – then help you follow the formalities to keep it in good standing – and finally help you do what needs to be done so it accomplishes its purpose. This can include:

  1. Limited Liability Companies: single-member LLC, multiple-member LLC and professional LLCs.

  2. Corporations (for-profit): both S corporations, C corporations, and Professional corporations.

  3. Non-Profit Corporations: 501(c)(3), public charitable organizations, private foundations. I help you create them and obtain IRS tax-exempt recognition.

  4. Partnerships: general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships.
    Click here to visit the Business Entities webpage.

Business Start-Up

I love working with entrepreneurs in the start-up phase. I can help you with the following:

  1. Registrations, Licenses & Permits: required for: (i) the employees you employ; (ii) the services you provide, (iii) the goods you sell; (iv) where you operate; and (v), etc.

  2. Employees: employment contracts, personnel manuals/handbooks, and required documentation for new employees.

  3. Sales: sales terms & conditions, salesperson contracts, sales representative contracts, distribution agreements, franchise agreements.

  4. Production/Service: purchase order terms & conditions, independent contractor agreements, consulting agreements, equipment purchase/lease agreements, and review of vendor contracts.

  5. Facilities: facility leases.

  6. Insurance: help you determine your needs and refer you to reputable insurance brokers.

  7. Ownership: develop buy-sell agreements to keep ownership “in-house”.
    Click here to visit the Business Start-Up webpage.

Business Expansion

So, the business is growing – great! As a Grand Rapids small business law attorney and former business executive, I can help you with:

  1. Raising Capital: through (i) sale of equity such as the sale of stock, LLC memberships or partnership interests; (ii) debt financing offered by banks and other financing institutions; and (iii) strategic investors/partners for a joint venture.

  2. Leasing: lease agreements to acquire fixed assets (equipment, building space, etc.).

  3. Acquisitions: purchase of a business, purchase of assets, and merger.

  4. Operational: see Business Start-Up above.
    Click here to visit the Business Expansion webpage.

Business Sale/Transfer

So, it’s time to cash in on all your hard work. I can help with:

  1. Sale of Business: through a sale of stock or majority of your assets; options to purchase.

  2. Succession planning: do you prefer to keep the business “in the family” (either literally or meaning your company family) then there are several ways to do that.
    Click here to visit the Business Sale/Transfer webpage.

Business Dispute Resolution

Disputes arise occasionally – it’s just part of doing business in a “fallen and broken” world. I can help:

  1. Keeping the peace among co-owners: I have extensive experience “keeping the peace” among co-owners.

  2. Customers, vendors, etc.: I can help resolve disputes by: (i) putting pressure on the other party to seriously address the situation; (ii) helping to negotiate a settlement; and (iii) drafting settlement agreements.

  3. Think outside the Box: I like to think that I have the ability to “think outside the box” to find a win-win solution for all parties.

  4. Litigation Support. If you cannot resolve the dispute without a court's assistance, we provide full-service litigation services..
    Click here to visit the Business Dispute Resolution webpage.

Board Member

It is very helpful to have a board of directors of talented and experienced individuals who are a resource looking out for you and your business. As a Grand Rapids small business lawyer and former business executive, I love to share my breadth of knowledge and experience with small businesses serving as a member of the board of directors. It’s not often that a board member can wear three hats: (1) attorney; (2) CFO; and (3) business executive. So, for the price of one person, you have three people attending your meeting. Not a bad deal!

I have been the chairman of three boards of directors: (1) a residential mortgage broker; (2) an energy drink distribution company; and (3) a church. I was responsible for putting together the agenda and the materials to be covered. I love to facilitate discussion to capture the full “intelligence” of the entire board of directors. I have the ability to keep the team on track (sometimes a little difficult from running down bunny trails) and making sure that the key decision points are discussed and agreed upon.

So, I can provide the following:

  1. Board member

  2. Chairman of the Board

  3. Putting together a board of directors

We are proud to provide a trusted service to Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Cascade, and Walker, Michigan. Call today to request a free consultation.