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Chicago, Illinois Business Law Attorney Offers Sound Legal Guidance

Trusted business ally removes impediments to your success

If you are planning to start your own business in Illinois, or if you want to expand your current business, or sell your business assets or business interest, or borrow money for your business, or lease space out of which to operate, or build space to move into, or take in a partner, an experienced and knowledgeable business law attorney can help expedite the process and ensure your success. Kurlander & Associates assists individuals and businesses of all sizes and all forms with a full range of legal services, including:

  • Business formation and acquisition (whether corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships)
  • Advice with respect to problems of an ongoing business
  • Business Restructuring
  • Contract drafting, negotiation and review
  • Employment issues
  • Buy and sell agreements
  • Commercial and civil litigation **
  • Due diligence
  • Disputes among business owners (shareholders, partners, members)
  • Banking and financing issues
  • Tax planning **
  • Compliance with relevant laws and regulations
  • Sale of business assets or business interests (shares of stock; partnership interests; membership interests)
  • Partnering/joint venturing
  • Leasing or building space

Kurlander & Associates is well-prepared to handle business legal issues of any size or complexity. ** As stated elsewhere on this web site, Ms. Kurlander works closely with attorneys who regularly do court work  if litigation becomes necessary, and works side by side with a client’s tax accountant, if necessary, to achieve results that take into account the tax ramifications of a transaction.

Realizing your business objectives

A focus of my practice is helping clients start their own businesses. I review your business plans and advise on issues involved in business formation and maintenance, including potential liability, formation of an appropriate entity and work with a client’s tax accountant with respect to tax structures. Once your business has been established, I continue to help it grow by advising on insurance coverage and corporate compliance issues. I also look after your best interests by finding strategies to limit your personal liability and increase your bottom line.

Selecting the appropriate entity for your new business

There are many considerations when choosing the appropriate business entity, such as ownership, governance, capitalization, taxation and liability. I listen to your plans and objectives, and help you weigh the pros and cons of your various options, which include:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • General partnership
  • Limited partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Professional Limited Liability Company
  • Corporation
  • Professional corporation
  • 501(c)(3) organization

To set you on a solid foundation, we advise you on the form of business that best addresses your current circumstances while providing the flexibility to change as you grow.

Continued support from knowledgeable Chicago business formation attorneys

After your business is formed, I encourage all my clients to call for assistance with any problems that may arise. I advise clients on all business formation matters, including:

  • Corporate bylaws or LLC Operating Agreements or Partnership Agreements
  • Banking and lines of credit
  • Insurance coverage
  • Corporate compliance issues
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts and buy-sell agreements

If litigation becomes necessary,  I zealously advocate for your financial interests in the boardroom or, with other attorneys who I will recommend, in the courtroom – where I work closely on your behalf with litigation attorneys with whom I maintain close relationships.

Helping business owners move forward

I work closely with business owners to ensure businesses run smoothly. I often negotiate and draft contracts and buy-and-sell agreements, and negotiate the documentation of lending transactions (secured and unsecured); assist with corporate compliance measures and state filings, and represent businesses in shareholder/partner/or member disputes and **commercial litigation cases, working with other attorneys in the latter case (see above). In negotiations and litigation, I know how to best represent your financial interests, successfully resolving your issues in the boardroom or to work with a litigation attorney to resolve your issues in the courtroom.

When and if you decide to sell your business or take in a partner, or purchase a new business, I will help to negotiate the contract, structure the transaction and negotiate matters not yet agreed to, advise as to matters to be considered and resolved, and handle the closing efficiently – working, when required, with other necessary participants such as a title company, banker, insurance agent, or the business owner’s accountant to make sure all of the pieces of the transaction fall into place.

Kurlander & Associates is committed to the success and prosperity of your business. To meet your goals, I am dedicated to close collaboration with you so I can provide the most practical and appropriate advice given your specific business goals. By understanding your expectations and financial capabilities, I can better address your needs, including what entity and tax structures to select and how best to limit your personal liability.

Contact an experienced business attorney to address your legal needs

Kurlander & Associates has the ability and experience to help your business succeed. Call me today at 312-925-9416 or contact me online to schedule your initial consultation at our Chicago, Illinois office.

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Michele Kurlander
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  • Chicago Office
    155 North Michigan Avenue
    Suite 620
    Chicago, Illinois 60601
    Phone: 312-925-9416
    Fax: 312-278-0015
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Monday-Friday  9am-5pm