A boutique law firm
Whether you are merely considering creating a startup or your operations are in full swing, the attorneys at Thrift McLemore have the experience and expertise to handle your legal needs at every stage of the business journey.
Our team understands the issues startups face, and we can help you position your company for optimal future growth.
We will ensure your business starts with a proper and solid legal foundation.
One of the first and most important decisions a business owner makes is establishing the appropriate entity. Among the variety of entity options are a limited liability company, general partnership, limited liability partnership, sole proprietorship, S corporation, and C corporation. The entity you choose will ultimately influence your business operations, liability exposure, and taxation. Our attorneys are here to help you navigate this decision.
In addition to properly structuring your business, we are available to assist in every stage of starting your business, including securing rights to a company name, preparing agreements, and ensuring required certificates, licensing, and permits are obtained.
While you need funds to grow your business, the financial terms you agree to can ultimately affect your ownership and control of your startup.
Our attorneys can help you navigate the funding transaction from the initial financing to closing. We provide a wide range of funding services, including determining funding opportunities (private equity funds, investment pools, venture capital funds, etc.), preparing documents, negotiating terms, reducing liability, preparing for due diligence, and maintaining fund compliance so that the funds are not ripped away.
It’s never too early to scale your business, but with growth comes new legal considerations. The attorneys at Thrift McLemore can assist in structuring and negotiating business deals, safeguarding your trade secrets and intellectual property, navigating the options of compensating your growing team, avoiding liability and pitfalls, and protecting future funding options or eventual sale.
Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in the legal issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions. When you are ready to transition out of your company, our team will ensure you get the best deal.
We work diligently to represent our clients’ best interests in every stage of the merger and acquisition process. We can assist in structuring, negotiating, documenting, and closing your business deal.
- Determining the appropriate form of business entry for your startup
- Preparation and filing of documents
- Hiring employees
- Employee contracts, compensation and benefits
- Creating employee policies and handbooks
- Engaging contractors
- Protecting intellectual property
- Technology agreements
- Regulatory issues
- Copyright infringement
- Leasing commercial space
- Securing funding
- Creating and implementing corporate governance guidelines
- Drafting and negotiating contracts
- Long-term planning
- Tax planning—including state and federal tax laws
- Establishing business succession plans
- Positioning the company for a successful merger or acquisition transaction
The initial consultation is geared towards understanding your business. After assessing the stage of the startup journey, we’ll address your legal needs.
We will discuss your budget concerns from the very first meeting, and our team will work within those parameters to provide high-quality, realistic, and transparent legal counsel.
Speak with an experienced Georgia Startup Attorney today
Our team’s collective knowledge and familiarity with the startup process mean a streamlined approach to legal counsel that allows for flexible and creative solutions.
Let us handle the legal complexities of your startup, so you can focus on what you do best. For more information on our startup legal offerings, contact us today.