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Biloxi Business Lawyer

Establishing or buying a business can be both exciting and frightening. The prospects for financial success are enticing. However, the risks of failure and loss are daunting. To avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of business ownership, you need the invaluable advice of an experienced and knowledgeable business attorney.

The firm has served individuals and businesses in Gulfport and throughout Mississippi for more than 90 years. Whether you are starting your first business or are looking to expand an already successful company, our Biloxi legal team can assist you.

Business Formations

Prior to starting a business, you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney. Our lawyer reviews your business plans, goals and industry. Then we explain the various business models available in Mississippi. After carefully evaluating the pros and cons of each, we recommend the business formation most suitable for your needs. Following is some basic information about a few of the most common business structures:

  • Sole proprietorship—Many first-time business owners form a sole proprietorship. Under this business model, there is no differentiation between you and your business — you receive all profits, but are personally liable for debts and lawsuits against your business.
  • Partnership—In a general partnership, two or more parties share profits and losses.
  • Corporation—By forming a corporation, you establish an entity apart from yourself. Owners of corporations have limited liability and are not personally liable for debts and claims incurred by the business.

Once you have chosen a business model, our lawyers help you obtain the necessary permits and licenses to register your company in Mississippi.

Business Contracts

If you are a business owner, you may enter into contracts on a regular basis. Before signing any business agreement, you should have it reviewed by an attorney. Since contracts are legally binding, breaching one unlawfully can cost you time and money. Conversely, if another party breaches a contract you have signed, Van Cleave Law can resolve the dispute through peaceful negotiations or tenacious litigation if necessary.

Partnership Disputes

Disputes among partners or company owners can cripple a business. Van Cleave Law frequently helps business owners settle partnership disputes in a cost-effective and timely manner. Issues may arise when one partner is performing more work than the other partners. Conversely, the dispute may arise because one or more partners feel another partner is not carrying enough of the weight. Regardless of why a partnership dispute disrupts your business, our team provides you with competent counsel and advice.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We assist companies looking to acquire other businesses and companies seeking to be acquired. Our office provides sophisticated representation for the brokering of corporate mergers and acquisitions throughout the state. At our firm, protection of your legal rights and interests is always our main concern.

Work with a Mississippi Business Attorney

Van Cleave Law has helped Mississippi business owners establish, buy, sell and protect all types of businesses. Contact us to see how we can help you with your business. Our office is located in Biloxi, and we are dedicated to helping clients in Gulfport and throughout the state.

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