You can’t be an attorney for very long without being asked to prepare an agreement of some kind for a friend, family member, or client.
Given the business nature of my law practice, and not including my focal points of investment and financial reporting paperwork, I usually work on contracts and other documents involving partners/founders, employment agreements, and buying or selling something. Here is an example of each:
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When advising clients on establishing entities for business purposes, especially when it is expected that passive investors will be sought (necessitating the establishment of a managerial entity) and/or non-founder/non-managerial personnel will be brought on board, I emphasize the importance of getting your “internal house” in order before setting up the rest of your business structure.
These agreements can be anywhere from very simple to massively complex, depending on the circumstances and the people involved. I’m pasting in an example of a short form agreement I often use in assisting clients to get their founder-type considerations in order.
I work with many closely-held (owned privately, usually by a small number of people) companies. These companies rarely have union employees or, if they do, they’re usually temporary (independent movie production personnel for example). In closely-held companies, there is almost always a core group of key personnel. The following is an example of an employment agreement for such a person:
Purchase and Sale of an Asset:
This template is rather complex (to show a variety of issues often faced in these types of transactions). It involves the sale of a business with 2 locations, including equipment and inventory. The Use Permit for the locations is also an essential element of the deal:
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