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SCOTUS to define "compensation" for business purposes

What exactly is compensation? Generally, when we think of compensation in a business setting we think of a paycheck or direct deposit amount. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will soon hear a case that asks whether or not this definition should extend to include stock options.

3 questions to guide incorporation discussions

Business owners are familiar with the need to analyze the risk-benefit ratio before moving forward with a transaction. An important part of this analysis is a full understanding of the components of the proposed transaction. Taking the step towards incorporating a business is not much different than moving forward with any other business transaction. The business owners need to become familiar with the different options for forms of business entities and weigh the risk-benefit of each to determine the best option for their interests.

Do your obligations continue in a breach of contract dispute?

Contracts are fundamental to business operations. As a business owner, you may have contractual obligations with a wide range of entities, such as your co-owners, shareholders, vendors, commercial landlord, local zoning authority, and state and federal tax authorities. Of course, those legal obligations also raise the possibility of business disputes.

Careful consideration of a buy-sell agreement for a new business

Here at Stephenson Fournier, we assist new businesses in Houston, across Texas and beyond in all legal aspects of formation. One important consideration is whether the owners should sign a buy-sell agreement to plan for the transfer of an owner's portion of the business should he or she leave.

Business law attorneys help steer acquisitions to completion

Many Texas companies are involved in acquisitions and mergers with other companies nationally and worldwide. A company will often seek out others that can fill a void or allow for improvement in a certain niche of its activities. A recent transaction in another state is indicative of small company acquisitions that regularly take place. Business law attorneys are an integral part of the professional team that is necessary to carry the transaction through to completion.

Business law attorneys must be in sync with innovative technology

In Texas and nationwide, the rapidly expanding frontiers of technological knowledge are revolutionizing the practice of business law. The excellence of a law firm's legal prowess is still vitally important, but it is no longer the sole criteria that companies use in turning to outside counsel for business law assistance. The successful practice must now be technologically savvy and innovative as well, according to experts in the field.

Business law attorneys may help in government contract procedures

Business law practitioners in Texas and elsewhere often assist their business clients in obtaining and processing government contracts. Business law transactions dealing with government contracts is an active area where businesses of all sizes often need legal assistance in maneuvering the daunting government turf. The effort to get government contracts can pay off in terms of steady income and setting a solid foundation to the security of the business going forward.

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