Business Law

 

Business LawBusiness Law

Jeanne regularly counsels clients on issues that impact the growth and the successful operation of their company in several areas, such as:

  • Corporate matters
  • New entity formation and corporate organization
  • LLCs, S Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations, Partnerships
  • Federal Tax Exempt Status Applications for Nonprofits
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Stock and asset purchase agreements
  • Contracts
  • Contract preparation and review
  • License agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Employment matters
  • Drafting employee handbooks
  • Preparing and reviewing employment agreements
  • Advice regarding terminations
  • Commercial real estate
  • Purchase agreements
  • Leases
  • Deeds
  • Title problems
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Protecting an organization’s trade secrets
  • Business Succession Planning

As former in-house counsel for a small family-owned medical device manufacturing business, Jeanne understands the opportunities, challenges and day-to-day issues that small and family-owned businesses face. She now enjoys filling that role as outside counsel for many smaller and closely-held businesses in the Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley areas.  She collaboratively works with clients and their CPAs and other advisors to explore their business and legal options.

 

Contracts

Jeanne Anderson can assist you with preparing a clear and concise contract, using her legal writing expertise she developed over the years as a Law Review Member, Judicial Law Clerk and Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, and her more than 30 years of practicing law, including the following:

  • Contract Preparation
  • Contract Review
  • Confidentiality & Nondisclosure Agreements
  • Letters of Intent
  • Business Purchase Agreements
  • License Agreements
  • Distributorship Agreements
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Royalty Agreements
  • Co-Existence Agreements
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Employment Agreements & Executive Employment Agreements
  • Settlement Agreements

 

Succession Planning

Business succession and owner’s exit planning are crucial to getting the most value out of your company.  Jeanne Anderson can help you map out your strategy for your exit plan.

This may include an outright sale of the business, or bringing in a junior partner to work in the company for a period of time and eventually take the reins.  Or, the company could be gifted or sold to the next generation. Other options are taking the company public, merging it with a strategic buyer, selling to employees, or even bankruptcy if necessary.  Often Estate Planning is a part of this process, and Jeanne Anderson has a wealth of experience to offer her business clients in this area.

Each client and each company is unique.  A clear, workable, action plan is the best way to accomplish the goal of preserving the value of the company for the owner.  And the stakes are even higher when the company is family-owned: an added key goal is to preserve the family relationships, which requires a solid and fair structure for all concerned.

Planning ahead enough in advance, sometimes several years, before the owner’s exit, is critical for business succession and owner’s exit planning to succeed.

 

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