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Business law is one of the most complex segments of the legal system, with its scope extending from intellectual property to taxation and contract and labor disputes.
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”Jade has everything you need in an attorney. She is diligent, highly knowledgeable and strives to provide the absolute best service to every one of her clients. I have witnessed her go the extra mile to assure her clients understand the legal process and I am confident in recommending her office to even my closest family and friends.Mariana Pizano
Business Lawyer Services We Offer
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.
Contracts & Agreements
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.
Forming and Registering Legal Entities
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.
Applying For S-Corporation Tax Election
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.
Applying For 501(C)(3) Status
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.
Drafting and Reviewing Business Documents
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.
Intellectual Property Protections
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.
Civil Litigation Attorney
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.
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Who Can Help Me?
Zeidman & Carpenter PLLC is an award-winning law firm based in Skokie, Illinois, and strives to provide clients with the most efficient legal services. Contact us to book an appointment with our legal experts.
Jade Carpenter, MBA
Attorney at Law
Jade Carpenter is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs protect themselves and their business. As the founding attorney of Zeidman & Carpenter, she focuses on small business and the advocacy and advancement of women and minority entrepreneurs.
Jade also helps clients with a range of services including real estate, estate planning, trademarks, contracts, personal injury and more. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, North Suburban Bar Association, and volunteers as a Board Member of In Her Shoes Foundation.
Jade earned her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, her M.B.A. from Elmhurst College, and her B.A. from Capital University. She is admitted to the bars of Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
Jade’s excellence in practice has earned her recognition on the 2021 and 2022 Illinois Rising Stars lists.
You can contact jade directly at JadeC@zeidmancarpenter.com