New Jersey Business Law Attorney

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New Jersey Business Attorney

A Businessman/Woman Needs an
Experienced Attorney in the Real World of
New Jersey Business and Corporation Law

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. and Hanlon Niemann
Strategic, thoughtful, pro-active with
advice and opinions.

NJ Business Law can be a maze. Navigating you through that maze is our job.  At Hanlon Niemann, our business and corporate law attorneys are here to assist you throughout the state of New Jersey.

From business formation, including corporations, limited liability companies (LLC’s), partnerships, drafting of business agreements and contracts, business sales and purchases (including asset sales and stock purchases), litigation/mediation of tough business disputes, including contract cases, business fraud and torts, interference with business relations, preparation and/or review of commercial real estate leases, landlord tenant issues and litigation, franchise agreements, including review, analysis and advice on public offering statements, restrictive covenants and the maze called franchising, employment agreements and severance waivers, employment and labor law, business succession planning for families and/or key business people, at Hanlon Niemann, we’ve done it and often.  

At Hanlon Niemann, our attorneys are practical in the real world of NJ business.

Are you planning on forming a NJ corporation or NJ partnership?  Hanlon Niemann can identify and navigate you through the legal issues and help you decide which is the best business entity for your business enterprise.

1.  Business Formation and Start-Up. Let us help you pre-plan the start-up of your new enterprise to minimize legal risk and liability to maximize your success. Whether you are a small business owner, a prospective investor in a new or existing business or an emerging entrepreneur, our NJ business law attorneys are here to guide you each step of the way.

2.  Transactional Business and Commercial Law.  Consult with us for legal advice on day-to-day corporate business issues as well as strategic business and commercial decisions.

Additional Legal Services We Can Offer You in NJ

Assistance with All Types of Business and Corporate Contracts 

Whether it’s a goods or services contract, employment agreement, licensing and/or distribution agreement, or any other type of contractual agreement, a contract defines and controls the relationship in business. Let us be a clear voice for you by writing, reviewing, and negotiating your contracts. 

Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements in New Jersey

Are you concerned about protecting your valuable proprietary information and the possibility that your key employees might compete directly against you? If so, let our experienced business corporate attorneys draft a non-compete agreement for your business that can assist you in protecting your valuable proprietary and confidential business information. We can also prepare a non-competition agreement for your employees that can protect your interests. We can counsel you on the best methods of implementing a non-compete agreement with existing and new employees.  

NJ Employer – Employee Relations 

As you grow and add employees, depend on us to assist you with your employment documents, including employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies and advice on hiring and firing.  

NJ Employee Handbook and Employment Policies 

Did you know that your business could be at risk for an employee’s actions? Let us review and evaluate employee handbooks and employment policies to clearly define policies regarding termination, drug use, Internet and e-mail use, vacation, sick leave, grievances, benefits, disability, sexual harassment and other important policies.  

Business Succession and Estate Planning takes place upon the death, disability, retirement or withdrawal of a business owner, key employee or partner. Depending on the type of business, transfers of ownership interests may not achieve a complete change of control. Careful estate and business planning can minimize problems and facilitate business owners’ goals.  

NJ closely held businesses involve a small number of shareholders, and are common forms for family-owned businesses. Due to their low number, shareholders often assume management and direction of the company. This consolidation of responsibilities can lead to specialized legal issues. 

Directors’ and officers’ liability in NJ occurs when representatives undertake actions that are illegal, unauthorized, or damaging to the corporation. While the business structure offers protection from liability in most instances, some actions or decisions can expose directors and officers to legal risks even if made in the course of business. 

NJ Business Franchisee Law Representation 

We will review franchise documents, explain your obligations, and advise you throughout the process of purchasing or selling a franchise. We want to be there to guide and protect you through this complicated yet potentially rewarding investment decision. 

Purchase or Sale of an Existing Franchise Business in NJ

In addition to all of the above, selling or buying a franchise has some extra steps. If you are a franchisee who is selling your business, you need to secure the consent of your franchisor and your landlord. We will incorporate the necessary franchise related clauses and important contingencies into the purchase agreement to protect you.

In addition to the normal business acquisition issues, we make sure that all of the franchise agreements are assigned. We also ensure that all post-closing liabilities and assets of the business, including obligations to franchisees, are transferred to the new owner.

We have years of experience helping clients buy and sell franchised businesses. Our clients appreciate that we provide quality legal work and responsive service. If you plan on purchasing a business or selling a NJ franchise business, contact Fredrick P. Niemann today.  

NJ Partnership, NJ shareholder and NJ LLC member agreement(s): 

A well-written and thought out agreement with an existing or prospective partner, shareholder or LLC member is one of the most essential protections you can have to ensure that verbal promises made to each other are memorialized in writing and legal remedies prevailed upon if your business associate fails to honor this commitment.  Some of the most expensive and vicious business lawsuits that are fought in the NJ court system involve claims of fraud, breach of contract, allegations of bad faith, etc.  A well written business agreement does not have to be overly expensive and can save you tens of thousands of dollars in future litigation costs.  

Review of Your Retail, Office, or Industrial Lease

Discovering the physical location for your enterprise is one of the most exciting steps in establishing a new business. It brings your business plan one step closer to profitability. Commercial leases are highly negotiable, from the terms and conditions to the financial payments and methods of payment. You should not sign a lease agreement before having an experienced commercial leasing attorney review the lease and negotiate a lease agreement that can save you money today and for years to come. A small mistake or oversight will cost you substantial money.  For additional information, go to www.newjerseylandlordtenantlaws.com and contact Christopher J. Hanlon, Esq. at chanlon@hnwlaw.com or Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.

Purchase and Sale of a NJ Business  or Corporation

Our experienced attorneys will assist you through the entire process of buying or selling a business, from the letter of intent, due diligence, financing the purchase right through to the closing statement. We are here to protect your interests and to make your business dream a reality.  Buying or selling a business is a complicated transaction. Fredrick P. Niemann will work with you through each step. Once you have secured a buyer for your business or have found a business to purchase, we can help negotiate the legal terms. We draft your Asset Purchase Agreement or Stock Purchase Agreement. We can also draft such documents as:

  • Opinion of counsel
  • Promissory note
  • Appropriate representations and warranties
  • Escrow agreement
  • Non-disclosure agreement
  • Corporate resolutions
  • Amended Operating Agreements
  • Any exhibits to the purchase agreement
  • Letter of Intent
  • Amended corporate bylaws
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Security agreement(s)

Please see our videos on Buying a Business in NJ  and Selling a Business in NJ.

Buying a Business in NJ

When representing a purchaser of a business, due diligence must be exercised prior to the closing. We try to obtain detailed representations and warranties from the seller. In addition, it is important to have a thorough review of all of the company’s contracts and leases, employee records and benefits, customer information, supplier agreements and any other documents, as well as a lien search on the acquired assets,. We will assist with the assignment of the lease for the location and obtaining the consent of the landlord, or the review, revision and negotiation of a new lease. We can help you prevent the costly mistake of buying liabilities and risks for which you didn’t bargain.  

Selling a Business or Corporation in NJ

When representing a seller of a business we work to help protect our client’s interests, that the representations and warranties provided in the documents are appropriate, that the transaction proceeds smoothly and quickly, and that any excluded assets are protected.

We draft the documents that you will need for concluding the transaction. We also attend the settlement and issue a closing statement after it has been completed.