Just a few of the services we offer…
Sean Morrison, PLLC is dedicated to helping you start and grow a successful business. We work with you to learn about your business and identify how we can help you meet your goals. Most times, we provide up-front flat fees and à la carte products to help itemize your legal needs to you only pay for what you really need. If we need to establish an hourly billing plan, then we can set limits and milestones so that it remains affordable.
Our focus is on online businesses, which today should mean almost everyone. The firm’s founder, Sean Morrison, is an experienced attorney with a deep commitment to small and start-up businesses. We understand small online businesses, because we are one. The services below give some examples of work we do, but is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about one of the listed services, or if you need help that does not appear here.
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Your big idea is ready to become a reality. We can help you decide your business structure, and even form the legal entity for you, whether a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or non-profit (or the various other forms in between). Once your business is running, we can help with your agreements and contracts, corporate governance, and business planning. We can help protect your trademark, advise you on employment matters, or help with your succession planning. And when you are ready to make your exit, we can help you sell (or close) your business. We focus our work on the transactions that drive your bottom line.
Starting a business is more than just opening up shop. You need a strong legal foundation with the right entity in order to achieve your goals. We can help the start-up phase of your business. These are some of the common services we provide:
- Corporations – including C-Corps, S-Corps, and B-Corps
- Limited Liability Company – including PLLCs
- Partnerships – including LLPs
- Joint ventures
- Entity restructuring
- Stock purchases and sales
- Asset purchases
- Vendor agreements
- Initial client/customer agreements
- Purchasing a business
- Buy-sell agreements
- Intellectual Property (trademarks and copyright)
Your On-Going Business
As your business earns and grows, so do our services. We work with you on all your legal needs, from contracts, to employment, to corporate governance. The following are just a few examples of work we have done for clients:
- Independent contractor agreements
- Non-compete and non-disclosures
- Employment policies and handbooks
- Employee termination (the right way)
- Letters of intent
- Shareholder agreements
- Lease agreements
- Commission agreements
- Trademarks and copyright
Your Exit Strategy
It’s time to end the business. Perhaps you are simply ready to retire and close the doors, or maybe you got you’re being bought out by the king of the industry. Either way, you’re ready to move the business to the next phase. We can help with that too:
- Advising on the structure of the transaction
- Business transaction documentation (asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, security agreements, etc.)
- Advice regarding due diligence
- State filings
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Operating online brings a new set of legal issues to your business. Whether you are running your e-commerce shop, the next Facebook, Software-as-a-Service, or something new entirely, there are a myriad of legal issues to consider. Whether it’s intellectual property, privacy, agreements, or just questions, we can help. Our focus is on the legalities of operating a business online. You made the leap to operate in the 21st Century; you need a law firm that has done the same.
Everyone operating a business today should have a website. But some of you go further, and have the entire company operate online. Or you created incredible software that you now want to keep protected. We have the services to help you no matter how extensive and integral your digital presence:
- Terms of Service, privacy policies, and other disclaimers
- Copyright and trademark
- Handling issues regarding minors (kids under 18)
- Web designer and freelancer agreements
- Professional opinion letters for EV-SSL certificates
- Website legal audit
The legal issues surrounding software are misunderstood and complicated, yet protecting your software is your top priority.
- Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements
- EULA (license agreement)
- Agile (Scrum) development contracts
We know there is more to online businesses than just websites and software. That’s why we provide help in specific business areas.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sharing Economy
- BYOD (Bring your own device) policies
Above image courtesy of Joi Ito – edited.
There was a time before we narrowed our focus to business law. If you are a business or government that needs help with economic development, environmental management, or cultural/social protection, we can help. Sean Morrison has a strong background in making sustainable development projects successful. He is particularly experienced in working with small island nations. He can help you get your mission going:
- Climate change policies and legislation
- Resource management, mining, environment
- Economic development strategies
- Coastal zone management
- Strategic planning
- Operations management