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Business Law

Business Formation, Entities and Operations

Our attorneys assist business owners and entrepreneurs in selecting the proper type of entity in which to operate (including corporations and limited liability companies), and in establishing and maintaining their business entities. We further assist with issues and matters involving personal and business protection for "acts and occurrences" in the business.

We act as advisors and counsel for corporate clients, serving businesses of every size in a wide range of industries. Our clients include corporations, family-owned businesses, partnerships, and individual entrepreneurs.

We provide services for business clients in the following areas:

  • Business Tax Advice
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Dissolutions and Liquidations
  • Corporate Finance
  • Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Employee Relations and Benefits
  • Federal and State Taxation
  • Corporate Formation and Maintenance
  • Franchising
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Joint Ventures
  • Sale of Business and Succession Planning

 

Intellectual Property Protection

Our Firm assists business owners with alignment and protection of their business name and business identity.  This work includes registration of entity names, trade names, trademarks, service-marks, and domain names.

Additionally, our Firm assists businesses and business owners with development of licensing agreements which protect their intellectual property from theft, appropriation and encroachment.

    We assist our clients in the following areas:

  • Trademark and Service-Mark Applications
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure, Non-Appropriation and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Unfair Competition and Predatory Business Practices

 

Business Contracts

Our attorneys assist business owners with development and use of contracts, including distribution agreements, sales agent agreements, brokerage agreements, joint venture and joint cooperation agreements, as well as marketing and distribution agreements. This ensures that business owners are protected in their activities with other businesses, including suppliers and providers of services and technologies.

 

Business Disputes and Litigation
Williams & Knack, P.C. attorneys appear regularly before federal and state courts, arbitration and mediation panels, and administrative and regulatory agencies.  Clients rely upon our considerable trial experience and negotiation skills in resolving disputes.  Our dispute resolution and litigation experience includes representation in:

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • Business Disputes
  • Collections
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Partnerships
  • Closely-Held Businesses
  • Sales
  • Tax Disputes

 

Customer Contracts, Collection Routines and Collection Lawsuits

Our attorneys assist business owners with development and use of contracts.  This work includes development of customer contracts.  We help ensure the business can effectively collect from customers, as well as protect the business from undue liability.

We also assist business owners with effective and proper routines for collection steps, language on invoices and statements, and recovery of legal fees when collection steps are necessary.  Additionally, we assist clients with collection lawsuits to recover sums owed to the business.

 

Employment Matters

Williams & Knack, P.C. attorneys advise employers in all facets of employment law. We regularly counsel employers regarding both litigation avoidance techniques and compliance within the maze of applicable state and federal regulations. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • EEOC and MDCR Agency Matters
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Hiring, Terminations and Layoffs
  • Wage and Hour Issues under Fair Labor Standards
  • Litigation
  • MESC Agency Matters
  • Michigan Civil Rights Act
  • NLRB Matters
  • Non-Appropriation, Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets
  • OSHA Matters
  • Plant Closings
  • Privacy Rights
  • Reductions in Force
  • Separation Issues
  • Wrongful Discharge

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