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Don't let your business dream...

We're confident you have read articles that state that most businesses do not last. Many state that only 50 percent of companies tend to survive up to just five years. We believe that this statistic should be higher. There are particular reasons why we think this may be the case. Perhaps the business owner signed a loan that was too much to bear. Maybe he or she signed a terrible contract with another business, that ultimately brought the demise of the company. Perhaps the owners of their organization did not properly market their products or services effectively. Whichever the reason was, it is always unfortunate that this may occur to individuals who have dreams of becoming independent.

..turn into a nightmare.

Business failure can be devastating to the individual. It can indeed have an emotional toll on the person. We believe that it does not have to be that way. We are dedicated to serving the needs of diverse business owners, from individuals with startups to more established leaders. Legal matters regarding your business are unavoidable for your establishment to operate suitably. Contracts, real estate law, litigation, and immigration issues have a significant influence on whether or not your business can be successful in the long run.

Below are some of the legal services and counsel we provide regarding your business.

Small Business Counsel
Business formation
Business Management & Contracts

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Law

Business Law & Immigration


All business owners, from all levels of experience, all look to have continued success in order to have longevity in their respective markets. Business leaders tend to have this mindset that they can do it all. We are sure you can. This way of thinking is perhaps the reason why you set out to be a leader. You are one of the few individuals who have what it takes to be successful in entrepreneurship. We commend that you have this outlook. Although this may be a wonderful trait, you must come to the realization that you one day may need help to administer certain aspects of your business. It is perfectly fine to realize that you need will need advice.

Your legal matters must be met in order to have continued success. Let us be your guide in your legal concerns, so you can continue to be the fearless leader.

Knowing that there are individuals dedicated to protecting your legal interests will certainly bring you peace of mind. If you would like to experience peace of mind regarding your legal affairs, please contact the Law Office of Yates and Associates so you can receive the legal care needed to have a successful business.

Small Business Counsel

Starting a business is apart of the American dream. Some persons would like to start their own restaurant, their hair salon, a marketing agency, or an accounting firm. Being independent, having your own hours, the fact that you are the leader within your establishment are all fantastic benefits of a being an owner. It can be stressful to run your own company, but we are here, to able to provide guidance and render services to maintain your small business.

Business Formation

One of the first steps a person must take to establish a business is to seriously think about which business entity will bring not only the most success but will make your business have longevity. Here are just some of the business entities that we can help you choose and submit administrative documents.

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • General Partnership
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Corporation
  • Limited Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership

Each of these entities has their advantages and disadvantages. For example, a sole proprietorship is the easiest to establish and will benefit you if you would want total control of your business, but you are more liable to many issues that your company might face. General Partnerships are easy to maintain, but disputes and disagreements may arise between owners regarding the vision of the company. A benefit in establishing a corporation is liability protection for owners, but a drawback might be taxes, where a corporation and shareholders must pay their own share of taxes because they are separate entities. Lastly, owners of limited liability companies can choose how their business is taxed, as a corporation or partnership. A drawback is that establishing a limited-liability company can be expensive.

Business Management & Contracts

Managing a business can be challenging. You have to worry about the administrative aspects of your business, such as filing and submitting documents such as taxes, permits, human resources related documents, as well as managing other aspects such as employees, customers and speaking with merchandisers, distributors and other individuals who are responsible for products and services. All of these things have something in common: a contract made possible all of the activities that you are doing for your business.

What makes a good legal contract?

A sound legal contract must have the following:

  • It must be in writing.
  • It must be detailed and clear.
  • There must be specific agreements established.
  • Something of value must be exchanged.

The Law Offices of Yates and Associate can help our clients create and establish diverse forms of contracts. Some of this contracts include asset purchase contract, employment contracts, licensing agreements, partnership agreements, among other types of contracts.

Commercial Litigation

As a business owner, we are confident that lawsuits are the last thing you will like to face. There are many different groups of entities that can legally challenge you if certain disagreements arise. These entities include other businesses, customers, investors, stockholders, employees and any other parties that have a relation to your business. Facing litigation can be a stressful ordeal for many business owners. They are already concerned with many aspects of their business, and adding a lawsuit can be devastating to the wellbeing of the owner. Our offices can help business owners face many different commercial litigation concerns, and they include:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment Disagreements
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Disputes among business owners (Partnerships, LLCs, Corporations)
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

If you are faced with the possibility of facing a lawsuit, you need to be surrounded by legal professionals who are not afraid to face a court of law and will fight for your case to the fullest. You will need legal professionals who will guide you to obtain justice, to maintain your business’s reputation and your peace of mind. 

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Real Estate Law & Commercial Leasing

Do you have a dream location for your business? You perhaps worked endlessly to discover which site will be best your business needs. Your perfect situation would in an area that can attract customers, and create a significant impact on your business. The ideal location would be a building that has ample space to keep your inventory of products and resources for the function of your business. The perfect location would be a building with magnificent architecture, where you can also add more buildings and add material that will help your company achieve specific imagery that will coincide with your vision.

Even when you have these things in mind, you have to take into consideration that are many hurdles that a business owner has to overcome to have the desired location. They are permits, permissions, approvals, contracts, agreements of all sorts that must be met in order to achieve and obtain the perfect real estate. Many business owners, unfortunately, must delay their dreams of getting the location because of the many real estate laws that must be met.

Below are some of the real estate concerns that our associates can manage:

  • Land Use, Zoning Concerns
  • Concerns with Brokers and Real Estate Agents
  • Commercial Tenant/Landlord Concerns
  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate Contract Concerns, including Commercial Lease Agreements, Deeds, and Titles.

Obtaining your desired property(ies) can be a difficult task. Your journey in attaining your desired location can be made into a manageable experience through the help of attorneys that have vast knowledge in real estate affairs. If there is property (or properties) that you wish to acquire or have any concerns regarding your commercial property, please contact the Law Office of Yates and Associates to discuss your real estate questions in greater detail.

Business Law & Immigration

As we have mentioned before, having a business can come with many challenges. Some of these difficulties may involve the lack of talented employees that are capable of performing duties in order for a business to be successful.

Business Plans for L-1 Visa Applicants

Many companies face challenges in finding competent employees. Other businesses have their desired number of employees, but sometimes they tend to search internationally for certain employees. We can conduct, file and submit employee visas, for individuals who are searching for more talent.

Some businesses need specialized workers. Their incredible skills are required in order for a business to continue to be successful, elevate their profits, as well as provide insight on how a company should operate if a business faces obstacles. Some of these workers include executives and managers, and if you are business who needs a prominent employee from an international branch of your establishment, we can help you bring such employee through a nonimmigrant visa known as L-1 Visa.

The L-1 Visa is a visa that helps an employer bring an executive, manager, or high-level employee from an international branch of the business to work in the offices located in the United States.

The requirements that need to be met in order to qualify for the L-1 Visa include the following:

  • The employee must have a relationship with the foreign employer.
  • The employee must have worked outside the U.S. for a year within the three years prior entering the country.
  • The employee must have performed duties as an executive, manager or high-level employee for a year prior entering the U.S.
  • The employee must perform the duties of an executive, manager, or high-level employee when he or she enters the U.S.

The capacity for this nonimmigrant visa applicant to stay in the U.S. is 7 years. One of the benefits of this nonimmigrant visa is that he or she can adjust their status if they eventually would like to gain permanent residence in the U.S. It is one of the only nonimmigrant visas that allow for such adjustment.

We also able to file and submit nonimmigrant visa applications of L-1 visa applicants through L-2 nonimmigrant visas.

If you believe you will be need of a foreign executive or manager for your business, please contact our offices to further discuss the L1 visa application process.

Don't jeopardize your business when legal matters arise.  Contact our law office today for the general counsel and litigation representation your company needs.

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