Business and Corporate Law

Can my business dispute be settled outside of court?

Each case is different, and many factors can influence whether this is possible. Many business disputes are settled outside of the courtroom.

However, it is important that your case is prepared for trial - even if it never ends up in court.

We never promote unnecessary business litigation. But we also do not encourage our clients to accept a proposed solution that is unsatisfactory to them. In each case we handle, we learn about our clients' goals and help them identify the most effective way of meeting them.

Do I need a business attorney or can I settle this dispute on my own?

There are certainly situations in which it is possible to settle a business dispute without help from an attorney.
However, when negotiating on your own is ineffective - or when a dispute suddenly escalates it may be time to get outside legal help.
Our firm offers a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. During this consultation, we will explain how we can help in your particular situation.

 

My business partner breached our contract. What steps should I take?

If you have been wronged under a contractual agreement, it is advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

A breach of contract can cause immediate and imminent harm to a business. To minimize the risk of significant loss, you should act promptly. Quick action may protect information and preserve resources.

During your first meeting with an attorney, gather copies of any applicable correspondence as well as any contract related to the dispute.

Business and Commercial Litigation

The attorneys at the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox can assist with your business and commercial litigation matters. Our attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of areas including loan defaults, employment litigation matters, real estate, land use and zoning disputes, energy and utility related disputes, restrictive covenant actions, construction disputes, and breach of contract claims.

Business Start-Ups and Corporate Formation

The procedures for forming a business is fraught with obstacles. A business should not attempt to navigate this maze without the guidance of an experienced business law attorney. At the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox, we assist our clients in deciding whether a proprietorship, S-corporation, C-corporation, limited liability partnership, or limited liability corporation is the right entity to fulfill their business needs and scope. Our experienced attorneys can ensure that your business entity is successfully created under New York State's laws and regulations.

Contracts

Contracts are an essential part of doing business in America. Business gets done by two or more entities making agreements, solidified in contract form. Though contracts may be oral, it is good practice and sometimes required that contracts be made in writing. If you are a business owner, much of your business' success will depend on how well you handle the contractual component. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can protect your interests for long-term success.

At the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox, we represent businesses of all sizes with negotiation, drafting and review of all types of contracts.

We regularly handle contracts such as:

  • New businesses: At the onset of a new business, we can help you draft operating agreements, operating documents, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, and other business formation contracts.
  • Employment: We provide counsel for employers regarding contracts, best practices, employee policies and other related matters.
  • Vendor: We can help protect your interests when working with subcontractors and other vendors for goods or services.
  • Purchase, sale and service: Our attorneys represent businesses in all types of contracts involving purchases, sales and services offered.
  • Real estate: Our lawyers can protect your interests in the purchase, sale, rental or lease of property used for your business. Our in-house real estate attorneys facilitate this process, resulting in greater efficiency and a shorter wait time for you to begin business operations.

We also regularly handle contract breaches.

If a party believes that another party has violated the terms of a contract, he or she can seek to have the contract enforced by taking legal action. There are many types of breaches, including material breaches, minor breaches, anticipatory breaches, and fundamental breaches. In such cases, representation from an experienced business law attorney is usually required. The attorneys at the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox will review your situation and attempt to resolve the dispute through negotiation, mediation or arbitration.

Employment Counseling

As an employer, disputes with your employees can cause significant problems. Whenever possible, it is better to carefully plan ahead for situations which may occur in the workplace, before they happen. The attorneys at the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox can provide legal advice to help you manage your employer-employee relationships. If you have any

Our law firm can assist employers with:

  • Employer Compliance: It is important for employers to stay in compliance with New York State, Federal, and other relevant laws and regulations.
  • Employment Contracts: We assist clients with drafting and reviewing employment contracts, non-compete covenants, severance packages, and other employment matters.
  • Employment Practices and Policies: The attorneys at the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox can help businesses create safety plans, employee policies, solid strategies, and other important documents and procedures.
  • Employment Disputes: As an employer or employee facing a dispute within the workplace, it is important to seek legal assistance immediately to understand your rights and options. Our attorneys can assist in business litigation and employment disputes stemming from discrimination, harassment, wage violation, unsafe work environments, and other related claims.

Business and Corporate Law

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    My business partner breached our contract. What steps should I take?

    If you have been wronged under a contractual agreement, it is advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

    A breach of contract can cause immediate and imminent harm to a business. To minimize the risk of significant loss, you should act promptly. Quick action may protect information and preserve resources.

    During your first meeting with an attorney, gather copies of any applicable correspondence as well as any contract related to the dispute.

  •  
    Do I need a business attorney or can I settle this dispute on my own?

    There are certainly situations in which it is possible to settle a business dispute without help from an attorney.
    However, when negotiating on your own is ineffective - or when a dispute suddenly escalates it may be time to get outside legal help.
    Our firm offers a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. During this consultation, we will explain how we can help in your particular situation.

     

  •  
    Can my business dispute be settled outside of court?

    Each case is different, and many factors can influence whether this is possible. Many business disputes are settled outside of the courtroom.

    However, it is important that your case is prepared for trial - even if it never ends up in court.

    We never promote unnecessary business litigation. But we also do not encourage our clients to accept a proposed solution that is unsatisfactory to them. In each case we handle, we learn about our clients' goals and help them identify the most effective way of meeting them.