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Business Start-Up Services

Many new business owners are afraid to contact an attorney due to expensive hourly billing arrangements. At the Anwari Law Firm, we offer flat fee business start-up legal packages that allow you, as the business owner, to concentrate on running your business while we take care of the legal aspects of getting your company started.

Our Virginia corporation start-up package includes all of the following legal services for a one time, flat fee:

  • One hour business consultation session with a Virginia licensed attorney
  • Researching availability of business name with the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Preparation and filing of Articles of Incorporation with the Virginia State Corporation Commission
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Unanimous Written Consent in Lieu of First Meeting of Board of Directors
  • Stock certificates and stock transfer ledger
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Filing of S corporation designation with IRS (if applicable)
  • Registration with the Virginia Department of Taxation
  • Legal advice regarding obtaining a local business license and any required state occupational, professional or specialty licenses

Our Virginia limited liability company (LLC) start-up package includes these legal services for a one time, flat fee:

  • One hour business consultation session with a Virginia licensed attorney
  • Researching availability of business name with the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Preparation and filing of Articles of Organization with the Virginia State Corporation Commission
  • Operating Agreement
  • Membership Certificates and Membership Interest Transfer Ledger
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Registration with the Virginia Department of Taxation
  • Legal advice regarding obtaining a local business license and any required state occupational, professional or specialty licenses

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Corporation Maintenance

One of the main reasons business owners form a corporation is to protect their personal assets from the liabilities of the company. In order to maintain this “liability shield”, there are certain corporate formalities that must be observed. The Anwari Law Firm offers a wide range of legal services to ensure companies observe these required corporate formalities, including:

  • Drafting minutes of shareholder and director meetings
  • Preparing records of actions taken by the shareholders without a meeting
  • Drafting resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Making required annual filings

With experienced, efficient legal counsel, our clients find they can focus on running a successful business instead of wasting their time researching complicated legal requirements.

Legal Compliance and Counseling

From laws protecting customer privacy to regulations that govern how you connect with customers online, figuring out how to comply with state and federal regulations can waste a business owner’s valuable time and resources. Access to an attorney who will provide accurate, efficient compliance advice is essential for any size business.

At the Anwari Law Firm, we have extensive experience helping clients avoid legal penalties for failure to comply with state and federal laws. We offer low hourly rates and monthly general counsel packages for clients who prefer an attorney on call.

A few of the areas in which we provide practical, efficient compliance advice include:

Internet and Online Law

  • The CAN-SPAM Act
  • Privacy policies
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), including compliance with newly revised December 2012 rules
  • Online advertising and marketing
  • Website agreements
  • Software licenses
  • Email and Social media policies

Advertising and Marketing

  • Federal Trade Commission Truth-in-Advertising Rules
  • Federal Trade Commission Telemarketing Sales Rule
  • Environmental (“Green”) Marketing Guidelines

Privacy

  • Use and disposal of consumer and employee credit reports
  • Data security and identity theft regulations
  • Red flags rule compliance

Virginia Unclaimed Property Act

  • Compliance with reporting requirements
  • Development of company unclaimed property policies
  • Unclaimed property audit defense

Employment and Labor Law

Whether you are hiring your first employee or adding to your business team, the Anwari Law Firm is there to counsel you every step of the way.

We provide practical, knowledgeable legal advice on the following matters as you build your workforce:

  • Employee hiring
  • Employment contracts and independent contractor agreements
  • Employee eligibility verification (I-9 compliance)
  • Virginia’s mandatory new hire reporting program
  • Posting of required notices
  • Worker’s compensation insurance requirements
  • Creation of employee handbook and personnel policies

As you continue to grow your business, we are only a phone call or email away to provide guidance on:

  • Promotions, demotions, discipline and termination and severance agreements
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues
  • Non-compete provisions
  • Wage and hour practices
  • Employee privacy
  • Disability
  • Religious accommodations
  • Drug testing
  • Employment of foreign nationals

Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help your business.

Contract Preparation and Review

At the Anwari Law Firm, we believe the cost of hiring an experienced business attorney should not create a cash flow disruption or negatively affect other aspects of your operations. A business lawyer should enhance, not compromise, your company. This common sense approach is lost on most law firms and business contract attorneys.

We prepare, review and negotiate many types of contracts on a flat fee basis. Some of the contractual matters we assist our business clients with include:

  • Customer contracts and agreements
  • Equipment lease agreements
  • Management contracts
  • Employment contracts and handbooks
  • Landlord and commercial lease negotiations
  • Non-competition / Non-compete agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Nondisclosure / Confidentiality agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Profit Sharing agreements

We also have specialized experience drafting and reviewing information technology contracts, including:

  • IT outsourcing and managed services agreements
  • Data center hosting and management services agreements
  • Hardware purchases, leases and maintenance contracts
  • Software license and maintenance contracts
  • Software as a service contracts
  • Website development and hosting contracts
  • Applications development and management contracts
  • Offshore support contracts
  • Helpdesk and desk side support contracts
  • Telecommunications contracts

Business Purchases and Sales

Whether you are buying or selling a business, at the Anwari Law Firm we take the time to understand the transaction and your business objectives. We facilitate transitions in businesses, craft effective offer or counter-offer letters, and make introductions to business brokers and valuation experts to help you set your price.

Sounds expensive? Check around. You will be surprised. Just because we are more experienced does not mean we are more expensive. Careful planning and a history of past successes to draw from means we can typically provide better legal services, more efficiently.

We advise clients on all issues related to stock sales or asset sales, including:

  • Formation of new legal entity or entities (for purposes of acquiring the business assets, purchasing property, entering into lease, etc.)
  • Offer to Purchase/Letter of Intent
  • Due diligence
  • Asset Purchase Agreement or Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Lease issues: Lease Assignment or new lease and negotiations with landlord
  • Inventory purchase issues: usable versus non-usable; cost
  • Components and issues specific to the type of business you are purchasing
  • Local and state permits
  • Supplies: types of supplies; supplier/vendor information and contracts
  • Employees: terms of employment; termination or retention issues

Contact us today to meet with an experienced business attorney to discuss the purchase or sale of your business.

Dental and Orthodontic Practice Purchases and Sales

The purchase or sale of a dental or orthodontic practice requires specialized legal advice.

Frequently, the parties will have access to some version of a practice sale agreement. The source may be a document used in a prior practice transition or one provided by the seller’s broker. It may even be that an attorney has already reviewed this contract. In this case, a buyer or seller could reasonably ask “If this is a standard form contract reviewed by an attorney, why is any further review necessary?”

The answer is simple. The contract was not reviewed by your attorney. Each practice transition is unique and a standard form contract is not tailored to your specific circumstances and may fail to anticipate issues that could result in a lawsuit down the road.

At the Anwari Law Firm, our experienced advice will help protect dental and orthodontic professionals from the many issues that can come up during a practice transition, including retreatment issues (especially if the seller is retiring to another state or country), warranty and representation issues and employee issues. We offer a flat rate, practice transition package, which includes:

  • Consultation with an attorney specializing in the purchase and sale of dental and orthodontic practices
  • Drafting and review of practice transition documents, including the Asset Purchase Agreement, Non-Competition Agreement, Pre- and/or Post-Sale Association or Employment Agreements, Lease Review and Assignment, Accounts Receivable Agreement, and Bill of Sale
  • Association/state law compliance review as required
  • No time limit, with all telephone calls and emails included

SBA loan matters, opinion letters, and seller’s new lease or financing documents are not included in the flat rate, but are available separately.

Contact us today to ensure your interests are protected in your dental or orthodontic practice transition.

Franchise Legal Services

At the Anwari Law Firm, we specialize in counseling clients to help them find franchise opportunities that are right for them. We will be with you every step of the way from identifying franchise opportunities, obtaining financing, forming a business entity, negotiating the franchise agreement and providing counsel regarding other ongoing business and franchising matters. Our goal is to educate each franchisee so that they are able to make an informed decision when investing in a franchise.

We offer a flat fee franchise legal services package, which includes:

  • Review and analysis of the Franchise Agreement and the Franchise Disclosure Document
  • Confirmation of franchisor’s registration status with the Virginia State Corporation Commission and compliance with the Virginia Retail Franchising Act
  • Identifying “red flags” and other franchise terms or disclosure issues that deviate from industry norms or should otherwise be carefully evaluated by a knowledgeable attorney
  • Preparing suggested revisions to the Franchise Agreement and related agreements
  • Preparing checklists to ensure that the “Discovery Day” experience goes smoothly
  • Telephone and e-mail consultations during the process of reviewing a franchise, selecting the franchise right for you and closing the deal

Contact us today to learn how our extensive franchise counseling experience can help make owning your own franchise a reality.

Virginia SWaM (Small, Women-Owned and Minority-Owned) Business Certification

Did you know that the Commonwealth of Virginia’s goal is for 40% of its purchases to be from small businesses? Becoming SWaM certified is the first step for a small business to take in order to have the best chance of successfully bidding on contracts issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and area universities, including George Mason University.

For state contracts under $5,000, only one bid from a qualified small business is required. This means that if your small business submits a fair and reasonable bid, you are virtually guaranteed the contract. All contracts between $5,000 and $50,000 are set aside exclusively for bidding among SWaM certified businesses. SWaM certification also provides an advantage in bidding for contracts greater than $50,000.

Virginia SWaM certification helps small, minority and women-owned businesses compete against larger, equally-qualified bidders. It pays to become SWaM certified today and start bidding on lucrative state contracts.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you quickly become a Virginia SWaM certified small business.

8(a) Business Development Program Certification

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) certification program is designed to promote equal access for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian Pacific, and subcontinent Asian Americans, and in some cases, women business owners. Companies with an 8(a) certification can benefit in many ways, including federal government contracting opportunities, easier access to capital, management and technical assistance and much more.

The 8(a) certification process can be complicated. Many 8(a) applications are returned due to missing documents or incorrect information. The Anwari Law Firm helps small businesses obtain 8(a) certification by:

  • Performing a complete assessment of your company to ensure that you have a high probability of obtaining 8(a) certification. Every aspect of your company which may raise a red flag with the SBA is examined so that you do not waste your time and money.
  • Providing regular updates on your 8(a) certification application so that you can keep up with the progress of the application. The updates we provide will inform you of the various information and documents we need in order to complete your application.
  • Thorough examination of every aspect of your 8(a) certification by an experienced 8(a) certification attorney who knows and understands the requirements of the program.
  • Packaging your 8(a) certification application exactly as the SBA requires, in order to reduce any chance of having your application being rejected.

Contact us today to get started on the path to making your business more profitable by winning government contracts.

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