Charlottesville Business Law Lawyers
Savvy Virginia business attorneys with offices in Charlottesville, Lake Monticello & Harrisonburg
What we do for business clients
Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.’s business clients receive a high level of personal attention in our business formation, counseling, and litigation services. Our Charlottesville business attorneys take time to get to know your business, the intricacies of your industry, and how your company operates. The firm’s corporate practice ranges from complex acquisition transactions to routine corporate matters. We represent businesses of all sizes in a wide range of categories.
Our business law services include
Formation of new business entities: LLC, Corporations, Partnerships, Non-Profits
- Article of Incorporation and Organization
- Bylaws, operating agreements, shareholders’ agreements,
- Buy-sell agreements
- Corporate minutes
General counsel for ongoing businesses
- Drafting contracts, lease agreements
- Registered agent services
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Drafting confidentiality agreements
Purchase and sales of businesses
- Asset and stock purchase agreements
- Bill of Sale, Non-compete agreements
Commercial real estate transactions
- Drafting and review of real estate contracts, negotiation and litigation of contract disputes
- Lease drafting and negotiation
- Real estate purchases and sales
Advice and counsel on employment and personnel matters
- Federal and state employment law compliance
- Wage and hourly, overtime issues and employee benefit matters
- Managing and defending employment-related claims and actions
Audits and appeals.
- Sales tax audits
- Employment tax audits
- Properly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors
- Representing employers before IRS appeals, Virginia Tax Commissioner and US Tax Court
- Refund litigation in the Virginia Circuit courts and US District Courts.
- Payment plans and offers of compromise
Frequently asked questions about Virginia business law
Why is business formation or choice of entity important?
The decision to operate as a limited liability company, partnership, or corporation has serious tax and operational implications for a business. Our attorneys are well versed in all of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of business entity.
What should I do to start a business?
Before starting a business, it is a good idea to fully understand the nature of the industry, have a written business plan, understand how to finance the business, gain experience in a related business, and have access to enough money to cover expenses until you can turn a profit. Advice from an accountant and a lawyer is helpful so that you understand the tax and legal issues of starting your business. A lawyer can structure the business to minimize taxes, avoid legal problems, and reduce the chances for personal liability. A brief, inexpensive consultation can save you considerable money.
What is your fee structure? We handle cases on a flat fee or hourly basis. We offer initial consultations at our hourly rate. At the end of the consultation, we can determine the appropriate fee structure for your case, and you can evaluate our services and decide if you want to hire us.