There are many ways to help your business's bottom line. One of the fastest ways to achieve this goal, if done correctly, is through mergers and acquisitions. You've probably heard of the term before, and have a general understanding of what happens to companies when this occurs, but what exactly happens when a company merges with another or is acquired? The answer to that depends on the goals of the businesses involved. In this blog, we'll cover the options you have to consider as it relates to structuring your business entity for a merger or acquisition.
We've mentioned operating agreements in a few blogs, and we thought we'd go over it in more detail in this entry. What is an operating agreement and why does my LLC need one? An operating agreement is a key document for an LLC with a sound legal foundation. An agreement that is acceptable to all managing members of the LLC, even if you are a sole member of the LLC, will help your business run as it was intended. Well written operating agreements should give the LLC members peace of mind. We'll map out the basics of a good operating agreement below.
Nondisparagement clauses have gained popularity due to the many outlets consumers have available to leave reviews about businesses. The internet has made it much easier for customers and consumers to voice their opinions about businesses, both positive and negative. As much as these reviews have helped the everyday consumer's purchase decisions, it's also mired and hurt the bottom line for many businesses - large or small. So, what is a nondisparagement clause? It is language inserted in a contract or agreement that attempts to prevent the receiver of a good or service from posting negative reviews about the seller or service provider. They are also known as a "gag clause." If you are considering adding this clause into your contract or terms of service, you might want to consider seeking legal counsel before doing so.
The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) once governed the auditing process for LLCs that are taxed as partnerships. Previously, the IRS could not hold the LLC responsible for federal income tax deficiencies, only the members of the LLC were liable. TEFRA has since been repealed and effective January 1, 2018 the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 governs the auditing procedures. This adjustment allows the IRS to collect underpaid taxes directly from the LLC if the LLC is taxed as a partnership rather than a C-corp or S-corp. This important change will require companies to update their operating agreements.
Signing a commercial lease as a business owner should not be taken lightly. A business owners' biggest expense may be a store-front or office space when they are first starting out. Like any contract, it may be too late to make any changes to a commercial lease once you've signed it. A commercial lease is a legal, binding document that may prevent you from growing your business - or worse, run it into the ground. Here are four simple things to consider before signing your commercial lease.
There are many reasons to invest in a start-up. Small-business investments have been one of the more popular ways individuals and families begin their journey to financial independence. The right investment, in the right company, at the right time can be very lucrative. That being said, there is a possibility of losing your entire investment without ever seeing a profit. Working with an investment broker is one way to go about the investment, but there are many investments that happen privately. Most small-business investment opportunities come from friends, family, colleagues, or by word-of-mouth. If you ever find yourself with an opportunity to invest in a business, we would suggest you tread carefully. Here are some things to remember when preparing to invest in a start-up company.
Every business owner has signed an agreement at one point or another. In a perfect world, these agreements would always be executed as they're agreed upon. However, everyone knows that contracts are breached and agreements aren't honored all the time. These disputes and incongruities can lead to more trouble, headaches, and lawsuits more often than not. One thing is certain, when these issues arise, all parties are faced with potentially higher fees and costs than they initially anticipated. As a business owner, it's imperative to find a way to mitigate the cost of these issues when they do arise. So, how is this done?
The Nevada Supreme Court passed a decision last year that may have caused your agreement to become invalid. In the case of Golden Road Motor Inn, v. Islam, the court held that non-compete agreements cannot extend further than what is reasonable and cannot create hardship on the employee. The biggest change from the ruling is the decision that courts may not "blue line" ("blue pencil") contracts, meaning to change or delete terms to make the contract legal.