Taunton, Massachusetts Business Lawyers
In his father’s footsteps, Eliot T. Brais’ areas of expertise include estate and business planning. Over the years, Eliot’s practice areas expanded to include real estate, real estate development and criminal law having handled in excess of 1,000 criminal cases and 50 trials.
Eliot T. Brais’ representation of clients’ interests goes well beyond the award of monetary sums...
Over the years I have taught law courses as an adjunct instructor at several schools and colleges.
I offer an initial, free consultation so that you can judge whether I am a good fit as your attorney. That initial consultation will involve a...
Stanford Law School in 2013; experience in one of the nation's top 100 law firms in the energy and environmental group; worked in San Diego on water quality and public utility rate issues, and later began own firm. In my independent practice, I have litigated to cause local governments to reinstate permits and licenses for small businesses that were improperly suspended, successfully sued homeowners associations on behalf of individuals harmed by negligence, and filed numerous petitions with both the immigration court at...
Prior to founding the Law Office of Eric L. Hargraves, Attorney Hargraves worked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Rhode Island Attorney General drafting advisory opinions and reviewing settlement and transfer agreements, as well as cases of potential consumer fraud...
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Business laws include all municipal, state, and federal laws that regulate businesses and commerce. Some industries, such as finance, face specific laws and regulations that apply to those in the field. Businesses of all types also must conform to many regulations that apply across the board, such as environmental regulations and advertising laws.
A business lawyer can help you address the myriad legal issues that arise when you are starting a new venture, operating an established company, or winding up or selling a business.
Business lawyers handle a broad spectrum of legal issues that confront companies. For new ventures, a business lawyer can help with business formation decisions, including selecting the proper business form, such a partnership, LLC or corporation, or addressing financial compliance issues when raising capital. In addition, business lawyers can offer advice when reviewing leases, purchase agreements, and other types of contracts. Other issues covered in this practice area include employee compensation and benefits, building relationships with independent contractors and other entities, and compliance with relevant advertising regulations.
While most business lawyers deal in transactional work (contracts and forms), some also litigate business disputes that arise from transactional work. Business litigation attorneys may handle issues such as breach of contract claims, consumer class action lawsuits, and wrongful termination claims.
Business judgment rule: a presumption that directors making a business decision, not involving self-interest, act on an informed basis, in good faith and in the honest belief that their actions are in the corporation's best interest.
Pierce the veil: A court no longer affords a shareholder of a corporation the protection of limited liability when the corporation has neglected corporate formalities and intermingled assets between the shareholder and the corporation.
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