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Greenstein & Lubliner takes great pride in serving the small business community throughout the States of Florida and New York. We utilize the skills learned working with large corporations (Blanca Greenstein was head of litigation for a publicly traded company for 5 years) and leverage that experience them to help you grow and develop your small business.  We have the experience necessary to act as your “personal in-house counsel” and to assist you with all of your legal needs.  There are many businesses that simply cannot afford an in house counsel and with our firm, you can utilize us for the specific business services that you require.

Issues Relating to Business Formation:

If you require assistance in forming your corporate entity, we can help you with ensure that you properly form the appropriate legal entity so that your interests are best protected.  If necessary, we are also happy to conduct a conference with your CPA if you require to best analyze your selection of a corporate entity from a tax perspective.  If you have companion immigration issues related to corporate formation, we are also happy to collaborate with your immigration counsel to ensure that all immigration concerns are taken into consideration with your corporate entity.

Contract Drafting & Review:

When you enter into a contract with an employee or independent contractor, it is very important that you have a contract drafted that best protects your legal interests and your proprietary information.  Do you have a non-compete provision in your independent contractor agreement?  Do you have a confidentiality provision in your independent contractor agreement?  If you are leasing a commercial space, have you had your commercial lease reviewed by counsel to confirm that your interests are protected?  Whether our firm is drafting the agreement or not, it is extremely important to have any contract that your business enters into reviewed by a lawyer before you sign on the dotted line.  When you sign a contract with a vendor (such as your ink and toner, IT or printer vendor to name a few) you are committing yourself legally to certain obligations and it is important to have any contract that your business signs reviewed by an attorney.  We can review your vendor contracts and ensure that there are no “red flags” that lock you into liability in the event that you become dissatisfied with the services of the vendor.

Once you execute the contract, you are committed and all of your future rights and responsibilities with respect to that contractual relationship will directly flow from how the contract is worded.  It is truly essential that you draft and execute contracts that ensure the following:

(1)     That the rights and responsibilities of the parties to the contract are clearly outlined;

(2)     That the term of the contract or the length of the agreement is clearly defined;

(3)     That the jurisdiction of the contract is defined so it is clear where a claim needs to be brought in the event of an alleged breach;

(4)     That mediation is set forth as a requirement prior to litigation being initiated by either party;

(5)     That you clearly understand your ability to exist the contract in the event that you become dissatisfied with the relationship.

Permits and Licenses:   When opening a small business, our law firm can assist in ensuring that you have the appropriate permits and licenses to assist you to confirm that you are complying with local, state and federal laws.  This can be a very daunting process and the laws can be conflicting and unclear.  It is very productive and effective to delegate this to G&L to serve your needs and ensure that all of your paperwork is fully in order.  We can also schedule an annual audit to confirm the continuation of the necessary permits and licenses.

Franchising:  If your small business decides to franchise, there is a whole host of legal obligations and steps that must be undertaken to go about this process in the proper fashion.  G&L has experience in setting the foundation of creating a franchise.  We also assist with all elements of the franchise and happy to collaborate on the business side by assisting in creating the brand, drafting the applicable policies and procedures and ensuring that your legal interests are protected at all times.  This is a complex and intimidating process but our firm will make it an exciting, pleasant and positive experience for you to the very best of our abilities.

Labor Law:  Our firm can assist in labor law issues or employment issues if you require assistance at the pre-litigation stage or the litigation stage.  This would involve claims for unpaid compensation or overtime or a violation of any of your rights in the workplace.  We represent both employees and employers as necessary.