Business Law

At Childers & Associates, it has been our privilege, over the last decade and a half, to help many local entrepreneurs in setting up their businesses and serving as a trusted adviser to those same businesses as they have grown and prospered. It is our goal to guide our clients through California’s complex and sometimes confusing legal and regulatory framework for small businesses. We pride ourselves on being able to help businesses at any stage of the business lifecycle from formation to growth and management, all the way to succession planning. If you need help with any type of business related issues call us today to set up your consultation.

Business Formation

One of the first steps in starting and building a business is taking the necessary legal steps to for the business, but first you must choose the most appropriate business entity for your situation. Choosing the right business entity for your business is important because entity types differ in features pertaining to management, liability, taxation and ownership. At Childers & Associates, we can help you evaluate the different entity types, and choose the one that is most appropriate for your business goals. There are many types of business entities to choose from including, but not limited to, the following:

  • C-Corporation
  • S-Corporation
  • Professional Corporation (APC)
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • General Partnership
  • Limited Partnership
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Non-Profit Corporation
  • Contracts

    Written contracts are the bedrock upon which successful business transactions are based. Given the importance of contracts at Childers & Associates, we assist our clients with skilled and experienced contract review, negotiations, and drafting all types of a contracts including, but not limited to: commercial leases, farm leases, professional services agreements, employment contracts, buy/sell agreements, and contracts for the purchase and sale of goods. Often business people fear that lawyers may kill a deal by over analyzing it or burdening the deal with too many perceived risks; at Childers and Associates we have built a reputation as deal makers, not deal killers, while ensuring that our clients’ interests are protected.

    Buying and Selling Businesses

    For clients who are buying or selling a business, our goal is to identify possible challenges that may arise and put safeguards in place to prevent these issues. The process of buying or selling a business is complicated and requires the assistance of an experienced attorney. We help our clients navigate this process by determining the best structure for the transaction, assist with the due diligence review and/or disclosures, as well as draft and negotiate terms, letter of intent and asset purchase agreements, all with an eye toward minimizing any potential tax consequences.

    Business Succession Planning

    In the event of a key person’s sudden death, illness or retirement, businesses can find it very challenging to cope with the changes that follow. In order to prevent a challenging transition that could jeopardize the business’ future we will work with you to draft and implement a well-thought out, detailed, and organized succession plan long before it is ever needed.
    At Childers & Associates we help guide our clients through important discussions with their business partners, spouses, children, other family members, and stakeholders. Then based on those discussions and the interested parties’ shared vision for the future of the business we are able to prepare the necessary plans and agreements in order to protect everyone involved while ensuring that the business can continue to prosper for generations to come.