Business Transactions

Zeppos Rautiola LLP is pleased to provide an extensive range of transactional services to assist businesses in day-to-day operations. We typically work with clients from the inception of their business, providing assistance in choice of entity, general business planning, raising capital, tax planning and the maintenance of records. As the business develops, we assist in employment contracts, customer contracts, supplier/vendor agreements, real estate contracts and other transactions that are required in the course of doing business. At termination of the enterprise, we offer exceptional expertise in mergers, acquisitions, buy/sell agreements or sale of the business. We provide sophisticated legal expertise in the following matters: Business formation and structuring (incorporation, partnership, LLC, etc.) Forming sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations Shareholder and partnership agreements Licensing and regulatory compliance Corporate record keeping (appropriate meeting minutes, etc.) Corporate governance Licensing agreements Manufacturing and distribution agreements Trademarks and copyrights Leases Americans with Disabilities Act compliance Environmental compliance Purchase and sale of businesses Preparation and negotiation of buy-sell agreements Mergers and acquisitions negotiations and agreements Private placements, joint ventures and venture capital Due diligence Dissolutions of corporations and partnerships We serve business entities ranging from the start-up phase to middle-market enterprises. Our lawyers also counsel businesses in how to avoid litigation and minimize exposure, which can be established even from the formation of the company. Contact Zeppos Rautiola LLP for further...

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Real Estate Transactions

The continually changing dynamics of the real estate market necessitate experienced legal counsel for your real estate transactions. Whether real estate is your business, or a significant asset or cost center of your business, we understand that each real estate transaction carries significant financial implications and tax ramifications. At Zeppos Rautiola, we employ a multi-disciplinary approach to real estate matters, utilizing our real estate, tax and in-house experience to help you maximize the return or utilization of real estate. Our attorneys have assisted large national retailers to small businesses; individual investors to major landlords; national to local developers; construction companies; architects; property managers; and lenders and borrowers across all real estate types and transactions. We assist clients with: Purchases and sales Landlord and tenant lease negotiations Private Placement Memoranda Conduit loan assumptions and assignments Financing agreements Landlord/tenant matters Title and due diligence review 1031 and 1033 exchanges Corporate and tax structuring Foreign real estate investment structuring Construction and architectural agreements Contact Zeppos Rautiola LLP for further...

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Succession & Estate Planning

Many perceive the succession and estate planning process as confusing and difficult, and therefore are reluctant to move forward. Our attorneys make the process easier to understand, which allows our clients to make informed decisions and to progress with both planning and implementation. We provide a very personalized approach, helping clients to protect and enhance their estates for themselves and their beneficiaries. Zeppos Rautiola LLP offers a complete spectrum of sophisticated assistance, including Asset protection Charitable planning and trusts Contingency planning for physical or mental incapacity Ensuring security of minor children Estate tax reduction Family limited partnerships Health care powers of attorney Insurance trusts Irrevocable and revocable trusts Life insurance planning Living trusts, wills, and durable powers of attorney Revocable and irrevocable trusts Structuring gifts to family and charities Succession planning for a family business Contact Zeppos Rautiola LLP for further...

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General Counsel

Privately-held businesses throughout Southern California have a common need: Expert legal counsel from a highly qualified attorney at a reasonable cost.  Zeppos Rautiola LLP develops an intimate understanding of your business and advises you on a range of matters. Acting as outside general counsel, our attorneys typically advise clients with respect to the following: Business transactions Commercial transactions Copyright and trademark infringement Fraud claims Mergers and acquisitions Securities violations Unfair competition Tax planning Breach of contract Theft of trade secrets Wrongful termination Our attorneys are available for direct and ongoing involvement with virtually all aspects of your day-to-day business matters. Contact Zeppos Rautiola LLP for further...

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