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Reliable Direction in Business Law

Going into business can be an exciting but tumultuous time.  In addition to investing in the infrastructure of your business, marketing to your target clientele, hiring employees, and setting up a sound structure for day-to-day operations, one also has to deal with the legal aspects of forming the business entity, entering into any necessary agreements and contracts, and ensuring full compliance with Federal and State regulations. 

We focus our attention on the legal aspects of our clients’ businesses so that our clients can focus their attention on the success of their companies.  Whether you are just now forming your company or you have been in business for years, a trusted legal team is a necessity.  Call us today for a free business law consultation.


There are many options when it comes to the type of entity a businessperson wants to form, each with their own level of complexity as well as differing benefits and drawbacks.  Some of the most common options include: sole proprietorship, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership (LLP), C corporation, S corporation, professional corporation, and non-profit corporation.  Each of these options are unique.  Before deciding which is best for you and your company, you should consult with an experienced business lawyer about the startup requirements, regulatory compliance, tax implications, and general maintenance of each type of entity.


We are able draft the necessary instruments, including articles of incorporation, articles of organization, initial reports, by-laws, partnership agreements, operating agreements, and annual reports; and assist in registering your trade name, DBA, or trademark.  We can also assist in the drafting and review of other contracts such as lease agreements, confidentiality agreements, nondisclosure agreements, noncompete agreements, indemnity agreements, buy-sell agreements, and more.  Having a seasoned business attorney negotiate, draft, and/or revise the contracts is an important first step in avoiding a business dispute or ensuring that your rights are preserved if a business law dispute does arise.


Even with careful planning, every business will face a legal challenge at some point.  Contract disputes, lease disputes, unfair business practices, breaches of contract, and delinquent accounts receivable are just a few of the unfortunate consequences of doing business.  When facing a business dispute, you need a business attorney who will work to resolve the matter in the most efficient manner possible, but who will also fight for the most favorable result for your business.

The business lawyers at Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC are experienced at navigating Louisiana’s business and commercial laws, and have represented clients in the New Orleans and surrounding areas for decades.  Call us for a free consultation.

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