Business Law & Start-Up

Business Law Start Up Lawyer Bloomsburg PA

Foundations for Success

If you are forming a partnership, starting a business or establishing a company for tax or succession planning purposes, at the law firm of Hummel, Lewis & Smith, we can put you on solid footing.

Our business law lawyers provide start-up assistance and ongoing counsel for contracts and transactions. Based in Bloomsburg, our practice serves closely held or family businesses in Columbia County, Montour County and surrounding communities of northeast and north-central Pennsylvania. Contact us today to arrange an initial consultation.

Entity Selection and Business Formation

Solid decisions on the front end of business start-up create the foundations for success and help anticipate and avoid future legal entanglements as the enterprise matures. We help clients weigh the pros and cons of forming as a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation (S-corp or C-corp), taking into account such things as personal liability and taxation. We offer the same analysis for forming limited liability partnerships (LLP), family limited partnerships or registering a fictitious business name.

We also draft or review ownership agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, partnership agreements to address start-up concerns, such as management structure and profit sharing, as well as long-range matters like transferability, dissolution or succession to the next generation.

Business Law Contracts and Transactions

At Hummel, Lewis & Smith, we provide continuing counsel to businesses for the operation and growth of the entity:

  • Commercial property transactions
  • Commercial leases (as owner or tenant)
  • Construction contracts
  • Contracts with vendors and customers
  • Employee agreements (noncompete, confidentiality)
  • Sale or purchase of the business or ownership interest
  • Sale, purchase or lease of equipment
  • Asset transfers
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Despite the most careful planning, every business faces the possibility of being a plaintiff or defendant in a legal dispute. Our business law attorneys have extensive experience in business and commercial litigation, including internal disputes among owners, partners and family members. We work for efficient, cost-effective resolutions, but we are always prepared when matters cannot be resolved out of court.

Our attorneys have decades of business law experience. For astute planning and counsel, contact Hummel, Lewis & Smith at 570.245.6720 or 877.829.8987.