Small Business + Corporate

Why Should I Consult a Business Attorney?

The right advice at the right time can be crucial to your business’ health. We work with businesses of all types to deliver high quality, cost-effective solutions to the legal issues and potential stumbling blocks that businesses face. We share your entrepreneurial spirit and understand your needs. Whether you are a startup looking to become the next big thing, an established business ready to expand, or a mature business shutting down operations, we are ready to help you.

What Kinds of Small Business and Corporate Services does Ginis Howa LLP Provide?
Monthly PlansStartupsAcquisitions, Sales, and ReorganizationsContracts and Document ReviewRegulatory ComplianceEntity Maintenance and Corporate GovernanceCannabusiness

Outside General Counsel

The legal industry is changing. Online document templates and advice are widely available, often at a fraction of the price charged by law firms. As the old adage goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Many online services offer stock forms that are never reviewed by a lawyer, or are only reviewed for additional fees. Even then the reviewer is rarely local. This can lead to mistakes and missed opportunities that can be very expensive to fix later on. Suddenly, that bargain isn’t such a great deal. Why work so hard to build your business only to risk everything on legal short cuts? There is a better way.

Our monthly plans provide your business with reliable and dedicated local legal counsel for a flat fee. All of our plans include a fixed number of hours at a reduced rate, assigned attorneys, unlimited email correspondence, unlimited referrals and streamlined billing for external counsel, and 24/7 online access to your file and documents. Additional discounts and services are available to our Premier and Enterprise clients.

Entrepreneur

Great for growing businesses.
$500/Month
  • 3 Hours Attorney Time Included
  • 5% Off Additional Billable Hours
  • Assigned Attorney
  • Unlimited Referrals and Streamlined Billing for External Counsel
  • 24/7 Online Access to Your Documents
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Enterprise

Excellent value for industry leaders.
Varies
  • Up to 25 Hours Attorney Time Included
  • Up to 10% Off Additional Billable Hours
  • Unlimited Attorney Emails, Phone Calls, and On Site Meetings (subject to the terms of our retainer agreement)
  • Unlimited Referrals and Streamlined Billing for External Counsel
  • 24/7 Online Access to Your Documents
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Startups

Starting a new business is very exciting! However, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget some important details. That’s where we fit in. We help you achieve long-term success while planning for the worst. Remember, setting up your new business involves more than your initial filing with the Oregon Secretary of State. Common questions that we help startups answer include:

  • Which entity is right for you and how do you maintain it?
  • What are the tax consequences of choosing a specific entity?
  • What do you need to do if you are hiring employees?
  • Are there restrictions on where and how you can operate your business?
  • Should you enter into a commercial lease?
  • What happens if you want to take on a partner or buy out an existing one?
  • How do you most effectively protect your image and brand?

We work with you to make sure that you start off on the right foot. This often includes help with: entity selection and formation, drafting an operating agreement or other foundational document, tax planning, regulatory compliance, strategic intellectual property protection, commercial leases, and contracts.

Acquisitions, Sales, + Reorganizations

At some point most businesses will need help with a major organizational change. For newer businesses, this often comes up when the owners realize that they did not adequately address all of their needs and concerns when selecting an entity. Even if a particular entity was the right fit, new concerns can come up soon after the business opens that makes the owners rethink their initial choice. Operating businesses can also encounter this issue, but more often their organizational changes are the result of owners leaving or joining and restructuring to attract venture capital. Mature businesses face additional challenges related to market pressure and competition. In order to remain competitive in a particular industry it may be necessary for a business to buy another company, spin off or sell a particular division, or reorganize the company so that there are more or fewer divisions. Acquisitions, sales, and reorganizations must be handled carefully since even simple organizational changes can have profound legal and tax implications. We work closely with your business and financial advisors in order to achieve your goals and avoid unintended consequences.

Contracts and Document Review

Businesses are constantly entering into agreements with other companies and individuals. It’s part of doing business. Too often, however, documents are signed, tucked away, and only read or scrutinized when an issue comes up. By then it may be too late to protect your business’ interests or avoid legal liability. Many agreements are also poorly written and so generic that (i) they do not actually cover key issues and (ii) issues that are addressed are not favorable and should not be agreed to. This is a particular concern with online generators and form banks. We feel that you should not only understand what you are being asked to agree to before you sign, but also to only present others with agreements that they can feel confident signing. We work with you to make sure that the document you sign or send to others makes sense for your situation.

Regulatory Compliance

Federal, state, and local regulations apply to most businesses. Not complying with these regulations can be disastrous and may even result in permanent closure and personal or criminal liability. Some sectors and professions face additional regulations that must be complied with.

We work with your business to identify applicable regulations so that you can fully comply with your obligations. If an issue does come up, we can help you resolve it with the appropriate federal, state, or local agency.

Entity Maintenance and Corporate Governance

Maintaining your business entity is important. Improper or careless record keeping and missed filings can result in personal liability, costly lawsuits, and other unintended consequences that put your business at risk. We provide ongoing maintenance and governance services to help your business remain healthy and strong, including:

  • Secretary of State Filings
  • Annual Reports and Minutes
  • Registered Agent Services
  • Consent Actions
  • Amendments to Operating Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Bylaws, and other entity documents
  • Documentation of Transactions and Agreements


Cannabusiness

Oregon is one of a handful of states that has legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Measure 91, passed by voters in 2014, allows adults over 21 years of age to grow, possess, and use marijuana and marijuana containing products within certain limits. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has since adopted a regulatory framework for businesses that wish to produce, process, or sell marijuana and marijuana containing products. While marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance under federal law, it is clear that the Oregon legislature and regulatory authorities are committed to the creation of a robust legal marijuana industry in Oregon.

We help cannabis-related businesses navigate the complex rules and unique challenges that they face. Common areas of concern include:

  • Banking and Payment Methods
  • Security
  • Federal and State Taxes
  • Commercial Leases
  • Liability Coverage
  • OLCC Licensing
  • Zoning

If you own or are thinking of starting a cannabis-related business, we are here to help you.