Olympia Attorney Drafting Company Bylaws & Agreements
A company needs to create a system of procedures which will be followed when the company implements a strategy. Corporate bylaws and partnership or operating agreements memorialize these procedures. Corporate bylaws, shareholder agreements, and partnership or operating agreements also set forth the promises made between the business and its owners. A company’s owners may include principals, members, partners, investors, shareholders, and other individuals. Without a strong and clear set of bylaws or agreements, a business may find itself embroiled in disputes over the rights and obligations of the company and its owners. Such disputes sometimes cause businesses to fail shortly after they are formed. An experienced business law lawyer can help with developing a framework which foresees and deals with future complications. Ben Cushman is an Olympia attorney who is experienced in the creation of articles of incorporation, bylaws, and partnership, operating, or shareholder agreements. Ben has been licensed to practice law since 1996 and he takes pride in the level of service our firm offers. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We also serve Tacoma as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.
Olympia lawyer assisting with the creation of company articles of incorporation, bylaws, and agreements
Many types of issues are governed by a company’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, and shareholder, partnership or operating agreements. These documents will define how ownership of a company is to be divided, the responsibility of each owner, and the extent to which new investors or owners may be brought into the business. These documents will also dictate the procedures which must be followed to adopt new company policies, to remove an individual from the organization, or to dissolve the company. Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and agreements which are poorly thought out, or poorly drafted, can lead to disputes and litigation. Such disputes may involve claims that the business or an owner have not met their obligations, claims that the articles of incorporation, bylaws or agreement has been breached, or even claims of fraud. Proper preparation of corporate documents can help to prevent such disputes from arising, and help to minimize risks associated with a dispute.
The first step in drafting company articles of incorporation, bylaws, or agreements is to determine what the business’s long-term goals are. It is also important to determine potential problems which may arise while attempting to reach those goals. Procedures will need to be developed which will deal with future problems. Those procedures can then be reduced to writing in the company’s charters, bylaws and agreements. Such writing should state the role that each member of the organization will serve, the responsibilities of each individual, and the procedures which must be followed when dealing with disputes. The meaning and intention of the bylaws or other agreements should not be ambiguous or open to debate as unclear bylaws and agreements may lead to litigation. It is best to retain an attorney to help with the creation of a corporate framework and the drafting of bylaws which put that framework into writing.
Ben Cushman is an Olympia lawyer who helps with the creation of company articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other agreements. Ben has been practicing law since 1996 and has extensive experience in business formation and its related issues. He will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your business and to help you consider potential situations which you may not previously have thought of. Ben will then help with the generation of rules and policies which will protect your company while simultaneously creating an environment in which it can thrive. He will ensure that your agreements are properly drafted and we will retain a copy in our office. We understand that starting and running a business is stressful. We will focus on your legal issues so that you may focus on the most important thing – your business. Contact us today.
Washington lawyer thinking about the future needs of businesses in Olympia, Tacoma, and elsewhere
Strong company articles of incorporation, bylaws, and membership agreements help to stop problems by preventing them from occurring in the first place. Preparing such documents is just one thing our lawyer does to help businesses meet their needs. Ben can also help with regulatory compliance issues, drafting and reviewing contracts, and with preparing non-compete agreements. He takes a proactive approach while providing such services. We are honored to serve the Olympia business community and we take our responsibilities seriously.
Our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cites of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.