Business Law & Commercial Transactions

Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC assists businesses in San Francisco’s North Bay Area with commercial transactions ranging from entity formation to business dissolution.

Entity Formation

When forming a legal entity, business owners have a wide variety of options to choose from, including various corporations, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. The choice of entity can have a significant impact on many facets of a business, including how the business and its owners are taxed or left exposed to civil liability, and a range of management and control matters, from day-to-day operations to issues of transfer and successive ownership.

The attorneys at Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC work closely with clients to help them examine their options, providing sound professional advice on which business form would best meet their goals. We prepare and file all the necessary documentation to enable business (or “organizations”) to commence operations. The firm also assists clients throughout the life of a company, maintaining corporate records and minutes of officer and board meetings, and working to resolve shareholder disputes and other obstacles that arise during the course of business.

Our business lawyers are also experienced in establishing and representing charitable and tax-exempt organizations. With the help of our firm’s tax planning lawyers, we organize and counsel non-profits, provide ongoing guidance to help the organization maintain its tax exempt status, and advise on matters such as investment duties and other fiduciary responsibilities involved in running a non-profit or not-for-profit entity. As lawyers who actively support the communities they live and work in, our firm’s attorneys take a special interest in this facet of their practice.

Commercial Contracts

Contracts lie at the heart of every business transaction, and the negotiation and drafting of these contracts are essential components to making sure the transaction is completed successfully, and that clients’ rights are protected if a dispute arises. We represent clients in commercial contracts of all kinds, including real estate transactions. Whether dealing with customers, suppliers, vendors, shippers or distributors, we help to negotiate, prepare, and review contracts with clear, enforceable terms that meet our clients’ needs.

We also assist businesses with UCC filings and employment law matters, counseling employers on Fair Labor Standards and wage and hour issues, employee terminations, discrimination or harassment in the workplace, and other matters.

Business Sales, Transfers

Through business succession planning, we help business owners identify their goals for transfer of business ownership and prepare the necessary documents, such as buy-sell agreements, that will meet those goals and allow the company to continue to thrive. We represent clients in the purchase and sale of businesses or interests in businesses, including mergers and acquisitions.

Attorneys for the Life of Your Business

With thoughtful planning and deliberation, your attorney can help you establish business policies and procedures that will fully protect your interests. With every transaction requiring legal assistance, our goal is to handle the matter in a way that protects your rights and promotes your interests, so that you can focus on operating your business. Whether you are running an established business or forming a new entity, contact Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC for professional legal assistance.