There are many legal questions you must answer when you engage in a business. Among these are queries about how to form a business, how to remain in compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local laws, and how to protect your company’s intellectual property.

Whether your company is just getting off the ground or has been a presence in the community for decades, a West Palm corporate law and business litigation lawyer could provide essential support. Our aggressive attorneys are prepared to listen to your company’s needs, recommend a path forward, and take all necessary steps to protect your company’s profits and reputation in the future.

Forming a Company and Choosing the Right Form of Entity

Long before a company can start selling products and performing services, it must choose a form of business entity. This choice is an important one and has serious ramifications concerning taxes, the role of founding members, and legal liability in the event of future disputes.

Many businesses take the traditional route of forming a corporation, which involves naming a board of directors, drafting bylaws, and creating stock. Once this is complete, a West Palm corporate law attorney could help register the corporation with the Florida Department of State. Other businesses might explore alternative options to forming a corporation, which may include:

  • Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) as either a group or sole proprietor
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)

Consulting with a lawyer could help a prospective business owner evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each of these corporate options, and then choose the formation that is best for their commercial goals.

Ensuring a Business Remains in Regulatory Compliance

Once a company forms by registering with the state, it is crucially important to remain in compliance with all relevant regulations under state and federal law. These regulations can include:

  • Environmental rules when building on or using land
  • Zoning laws
  • The payment of taxes as required by the chosen form of business entity
  • Business renewals and annual reports

The regulations that apply to each individual business in the West Palm area will be specific to that company. Having an attorney act as outside general counsel to address current concerns, as well as plan for the future, can help save significant time and money.

Protecting the Intellectual Property of Businesses

A major source of income and market share for many businesses is its intellectual property, which can take the form of patents, copyright, and trademarks. A business and IP lawyer is prepared to help a business in West Palm register these valuable assets with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or the U.S. Copyright Office.

In addition, it is important for a business to cover all its bases regarding IP, which may involve pursuing infringers and demanding an end to their unauthorized use of trademarks or patents. If necessary, an IP litigation lawyer may pursue a lawsuit in United States District Court that seeks out compensation for a business’s monetary or reputational losses due to intellectual property infringement.

Contact a West Palm Corporate Law and Business Litigation Attorney

Businesses require attentive legal assistance during every phase of their operations. This includes choosing the correct format under which to register their company, taking steps to protect their intellectual property, and having plans in place to remain in compliance with all relevant regulatory rules.

A West Palm corporate law, IP, and business litigation lawyer could provide this support and more. Our attorneys at Lomnitzer Law are ready to evaluate your company’s current situation, suggest plans for the future, and take the steps needed to bring those plans into effect. Reach out to us today to schedule your consultation.