Areas of Legal Practice

Shifman & Carlson, P.C. has a reputation of providing quality representation and effective legal counsel in estate planning, real estate, and business law.

Business & Franchise Law Attorney

Business Law Attorney in Farmington Hills, MI

As both a small business and a law firm, Shifman & Carlson, P.C. understands how critical it is for businesses, large and small, to understand and comply with the local, state, and federal laws. Since 1963, our firm has been assisting businesses with their legal needs by providing sound advice on a variety of issues. Whether you are starting your own business or franchise or have been running for years, we can help you.

We represent all types and sizes of businesses, from a flower shop with one owner, to medium size construction companies, to large, multi-state service organizations. On top of that, we know the ins and outs of licensing statutes that apply to many businesses, such as residential construction companies, real estate brokering, and architectural, so we can help keep your business comply with all licensing requirements so you can run smoothly.

Starting a Business

It is a good idea to seek legal advice when starting a business to ensure that the enterprise is set up properly and complies with the applicable laws and regulations. Depending on how your business will run, there are a number of different approaches to structuring your business, including LLCs, corporations, and partnerships. Properly planning your business in the beginning can help avoid problems in the future. It is also a good idea to receive ongoing legal counsel. Over the years, business operations change due to many factors such as poor economic conditions or rapid expansion.

Starting a Franchise

Many new business owners like to get a jump on their business through buying a franchise in an existing business. We have the experience you need to help you through this expensive process. Buying a franchise is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make; doesn’t it make sense that you should have an attorney on your side to protect your interests? We are familiar with negotiating and reviewing franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents and can guide you through the entire franchising process.

How We Can Help:

Our firm can help with all aspects of starting and running your business, including:

  • Business start-up and formation, including articles of incorporation, bylaws, operating agreements, franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents, and property rental/acquisition.
  • Contract negotiations and reviews, including lease, tenant and purchase agreements.
  • Advice on growth, general operations, expansion, business acquisitions, mergers and dissolutions.
  • Compliance and filing with the requirements of local governments, the state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Contract Reviews

Set Your Business up for Success

Your business contracts control some of the most critical aspects of your business, and as a result, you need to ensure the contracts outline agreements as you intended. Yet, every year, thousands of business owners fail to read agreements they sign or have an attorney review their agreements. The results can be devastating. Don’t let this happen to you! Our business attorneys have extensive experience dealing with business contracts and transactions, and we are ready and willing to help you with all of your contract review needs.

Deciphering Intricate Legalese for You

The odds of finding a business contract without pages of legalese are about as slim as finding a needle in a haystack. While this legal language can be helpful in defining exactly what, how, and when something is supposed to happen, it can undoubtedly complicate matters for those who are not familiar with it. This is where real trouble can begin, as you never want to enter into a contract on behalf of your business that you do not fully comprehend.

Not only does our team of attorneys have experience drafting and reviewing contracts, but we also have extensive experience negotiating contracts on behalf of businesses of all sizes. Before you sign any sort of legal contract – no matter how straightforward it might seem – you should always consider allowing an experienced attorney review it first. Our team of attorneys has experience in both drafting and negotiating contracts, and we will do our best to ensure the contracts your business enters into are properly crafted to suit your individual needs.

As strange as it might seem, a single piece of paper with your signature on it can heavily define and control your business’ future stability. Contracts are truly the cornerstone of business, and a business should not risk operating under agreements that have not been property drafted, negotiated, or reviewed. Rather than risk everything you have worked so hard for by signing a contract you do not fully understand, let our team at Shifman & Carlson, P.C. review it for you today!

  • Serving MI Since 1963 – 100+ Years of Combined Experience

  • Top Rating For Ethics & Legal Ability (AV® Rating)

  • Selected for Inclusion in DBusiness Top Lawyers

  • Two Office Locations: Farmington Hills & Grand Rapids

  • Representing Individuals, Businesses, Municipalities & Schools

We proudly serve clients in Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County

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