Starting a New Business
If you are starting a business for the first time, everything seems new to you: the new idea for a business, product engineering, development and manufacturing, the possibilities for marketing and sales, and the legal concerns. All of it is brand new to you, and although it can be exciting, it can also be daunting. Although you might be tempted to grab ill-suited forms off the internet or use an online, anonymous lawyer to protect you, that is a mistake. You would not operate on yourself for a medical condition, and you shouldn’t be your own lawyer.
Our attorneys at Chenoweth Law Group have the wealth of experience and knowledge you need to navigate the legal complexity of starting your new business. Located in Portland, we represent startups and new business ventures throughout Oregon, Washington and California.
Careful Planning Now Can Safeguard Your Company in the Future
CLG provides valuable guidance in establishing clients’ enterprises and in developing a legal framework that will sustain its growth through the years to come.
- Entity selection – There are important legal distinctions between running an LLC, a corporation or any other structure, and these distinctions will have an important impact on how your business operates. We educate business owners on all available options for entity selection, providing a clear understanding of how each selection could affect growth and tax considerations as the business grows.
- Location selection – Depending on the type of business you are starting, there can be dramatically different laws when you start a business in Oregon or start a business in Washington. We understand the various laws in these states. We can help you make the best choice for location and handle all your real estate matters.
- Employment issues – Our attorneys help you develop a comprehensive handbook of employment policies and procedures to mitigate the risk of discrimination or employment-related claims later. We also assist in drafting noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements to protect your business and intellectual property.
- Contract law – Our firm will assist in the drafting, negotiation, and enforcement of critical contracts and agreements, including leases, vendor agreements, license agreements, buy-sell agreements, and employment contracts.
We build a partnership with the companies we represent during the formation phase, continuing to represent their interests throughout the years and remaining a resource they can rely upon as their business grows and develops.
Our law firm offers flexible flat-fee arrangements for startups as well as hourly rates. Talk with an attorney from our firm to learn more about the available options.