SERVICES

CLIMB volunteer lawyers provide legal assistance for the following business law needs:

 

FORMING A BUSINESS ENTITY

  • Make an informed decision on the legal structure best for a business (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC, C-Corporation, S-Corporation) based on an understanding of the differences in cost, complexity, flexibility, control and tax treatment.

  • Register a limited liability entity for a business, draft bylaws/operating agreement and other organizational documents, and take all formation steps required by regulators, licensors and taxing authorities.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

  • Understand and observe all applicable corporate formalities, including separation of business and personal finances and required corporate meeting minutes.

FINANCING TRANSACTIONS

  • Review and understand documentation related to loans from banks, government agencies and other sources.

  • Document and understand structure, negotiation and requirements for taking on investors in a business.

  • Explain the rights and obligations under an existing loan, including working with creditors to negotiate and restructure debt that is in default.

CONTRACTS

  • Document all important business arrangements and agreements in writing, including with customers, website users, investors and independent contractors.

COMMERCIAL LEASES

  • Explain the rights and obligations under an existing or proposed lease, including lease negotiation techniques, common terms, hidden costs and other potential pitfalls.

TAX

  • Understand tax obligations and pay all required taxes, including income, FICA or self-employment, and sales taxes (if required).

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

  • Maintain adequate employment documentation and understand employer responsibilities, including wage and hour, discrimination laws, workers comp, disability, payroll taxes, personnel files, and employee versus independent contractor.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Protect assets including brand identity, works of creative expression, software, and trade secrets, including through trademark and copyright.

 

CLIMB volunteer lawyers do not provide litigation representations.