Whether you are forming a corporation or want to register a trademark, you need to follow the right process to avoid rejections, revision requests, and disputes. Working with a competent and experienced attorney will help you set up your business for success right from the start.
We carefully review, edit, and/or draft contracts to ensure they are legally valid and binding. Our attorneys will check if the wording of the contract is clear with unambiguous terms and provide a break-down of legal jargon and important terms. We thoroughly explain each clause, as well as our clients’ rights and responsibilities to avoid confusion or misinterpretation in language.
When drafting, we ensure that the important clauses are included to protect our clients’ intellectual property, confidential information, and rights. Furthermore, we provide a review service to our clients to examine the terms and conditions of drafted contracts before each party signs.
When you start your own business, it is important to have a knowledgeable business attorney to guide you from the beginning. Our attorneys will help you decide which business entity is right for you: Limited Liability Company (LLC), Corporation, Nonprofit, or even a S-Corp tax election. We assist all entity types with formation, obtaining an EIN, and drafting of your initial business documents such as: an Operating Agreement, Bylaws, Shareholder Agreement, etc.
We also help nonprofits prepare formation documents and ensure that they comply with nonprofit bylaws and 501(c)(3) conditions to qualify for tax exemption. We ensure that you’re protected from personal liability, since this is often one of the most important factors for business owners.
An S-corporation helps your business benefit from incorporation without enduring the onerous taxes imposed on C-corporations. We can help you structure your business in a way that minimizes your tax burden. We will advise you on the acceptable shareholder numbers and the stock classes you can offer.
501(c)(3) tax exemption helps many nonprofits and businesses sustain operations in Illinois. We help organizations apply for 501(c)(3) by assisting them in obtaining the relevant IRS documents and guiding them throughout the application process, as well as advising them on how to comply with the legal provisions required to maintain 501(c)(3) status.
Our attorneys will help you clients draft, review, edit and advise on business documents. This includes drafting operating agreements, which outline how LLCs will be structured and run. We also help prepare and review formal documents such as corporate bylaws, minutes, stock certificates and ledgers, and shareholder agreements.
Our attorneys help clients with trademark and copyright applications, publication, and oppositions. We help clients leverage their intellectual property rights and have expertise in several fields. We also litigate against trademark infringements and copycat applications with the Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission on behalf of our clients.
We guide clients on trademark defense and maintenance and copyright registration and protection, including licensing of derivative works and compilations. We also advise clients on how to structure non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to ensure that their innovations and ideas are secure even when employees leave.
Our law firm defends clients against any actions that may be brought against them, while also filing lawsuits on their behalf when necessary. We help clients settle disputes related to false advertising claims, unfair competitive practices, breach of contract, copyright infringement, consumer fraud, labor issues, and more. Our litigation team is highly experienced and represents clients in both state and federal courts and can also negotiate for arbitration arrangements.