Washington DC Stock Purchase Agreement Attorneys
A Washington DC stock purchase agreement law firm you can trust is an invaluable resource for your business. At Antonoplos & Associates, we have provided legal services for over twenty years to a wide range of businesses and are ready to assist your business achieve your goals and objectives.
Why You Need A Stock Purchase Agreement Lawyer
Most business owners face business-related legal decisions on a daily basis. As the owner of a business, this should be no surprise. However, when polled most business lawyers don’t have a trusted business attorney to represent their business. When asked why?
Most business owners responded that they thought that a business attorney would be too expensive for the needs of a small business. As a result it appears that business owners only hire a business lawyer when serious legal issues come up.
At Antonoplos & Associates, we don’t’ think you need a business law firm for every decision you make, however, good legal help is can be an invaluable resource to your company and for many business owners is simply part of the cost of doing good business. For many business owners consulting with a business attorney before making a major business decision can even help save your business money.
Below, you will find more information on how a Washington DC Business Law Firm can help your small business and a few of the situations we believe that you can handle on your own. For more information, contact Antonoplos & Associates today about questions regarding your small business and starting a dialogue with Antonoplos & Associates.
Business Issues That Don’t Require a Business Law Firm
For most small business owners day to day business decision don’t require help from your attorney. Some decisions are straightforward.
Some of the more frequent business decisions that don’t require a business law firm include:
- Applying for business permits
- Documenting LLC meetings
- Submitting your IRS forms
- Creating and reserving a domain name for your business’ website
- Researching and choosing the name of your company
- Hiring independent contractors
While the list above in not exhaustive, we have tried to give you a sampling of the types of decisions that we believe every business owner is capable of making. In contrast, there are other times when you should hire a business lawyer to represent your business.
When Should You Retain A Business Law Firm
If you find that you are facing business legal problems you can’t handle or feel or don’t understand then it may be a good idea to hire a Washington D.C. business lawyer. At Antonoplos & Associates our business lawyers are dedicated to the goals and objectives of our clients and making them a reality. At the intersection of business and law our business attorneys are focused on representing the legal needs of Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Small Business, C-Corps, S-Corps and B-Corps, Startups, Nonprofit Organizations and Publicly Traded Companies interests in the Washington, D.C. metro area and around the country. From formation to governance, to dispute resolution our business lawyers have the breath of experience to assist our clients in a wide spectrum of business matters.Our Business Law Practice Focuses On:
- Business & Corporate Litigation
- Business Succession Planning
- Business Start Ups & Entrepreneurship
- Business & Corporate Transactions
- Corporations, Partnerships & Businesses: Formation and Governance
- Business Valuation & Disputes
- Non Profit Organizations
- Microfinance, Regulation D, Private Placements & Offering Documents
- Mechanics Liens & Priority of Interest Issues
What Is A Stock Purchase Agreement?
A stock purchase agreement is an agreement involving and finalizing all the terms and conditions related to the purchase and sale of the shares of a company. Through a stock purchase agreement, the buyer acquires not only the stock of the entire business, but also the seller’s legal entity and the company’s assets and liabilities.
Sale through a stock purchase agreement also includes within it the sale and transfer of the seller’s physical assets, without the need of numerous separate conveyances of each individual asset because title of each asset lies within the corporation. In addition, proceeds of a stock sale are taxed at a lower capital gains rate, and in C-corporations, the corporate level taxes are bypassed allowing the seller to avoid “double-taxation.” Therefore, sellers tend to favor stock sales, as they allow the seller to enjoy the lower tax rates and to possibly bypass responsibility for future liabilities by selling them off.
While buyers may accept more risk by purchasing the company’s stock, including all contingent risks that may be unknown or undisclosed at the time of sale, including future lawsuits and employee issues, a stock sale may be favorable depending on the type of business that the buyer is seeking to acquire. For example, if the business has a large number of copyrights or patents, or if it has significant government or corporate contracts that are difficult to assign, a stock sale is the better option because the corporation, not the owner, retains ownership. Accordingly, the buyer can more easily obtain the valuable assets of a company through a stock sale without risk of losing such important or valuable contracts.
By definition, however, typically a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company cannot conduct a stock sale. However, the owners can sell their partnership or membership interests, possibly effectuating the same type of sale.
For more information on stock purchase agreements, please contact Antonoplos & Associates at 202-803-5676 or directly schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. For general business law information, check out our blog.
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