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Corporate & Business


The Law Offices of Steven J. Cottrell are qualified to handle any business need. We work with small, mid-sized, and large businesses from the first inception of the company through the selling of the company and provide all of the legal counsel needed to manage the business in between those times. Arguably, the greatest benefit a corporate lawyer brings to a business is their legal insight and guidance. With a corporate attorney on your side you can manage risks effectively and avoid any pitfalls that could open you up to litigation. It is our job to make sure your business is set up and being managed properly to prevent these issues from ever arising.


A General Partnership is the standard partnership most people are familiar with. It is much like a sole proprietorship in that the partners (each of them) remain liable for the debts and obligations of the partnership. It is distinguishable from the Limited Partnership in that in limited partnerships one or more general partners control the day-to-day operations of the partnership. In exchange for giving up control of the partnership, the limited partners are able to limit their liability for the debts and obligations of the partnership (similar to the way members in a Limited Liability Company limit their liability). Most partnerships are General Partnerships. The reasons for choosing a Limited Partnership are varied and complicated and best discussed with an experienced partnership lawyer.

Limited Liability Companies

Unknowingly, many people will combine personal and business assets, which can create serious legal and/or financial problems down the road. When business and personal assets are not explicitly delineated legally, they are essentially tied together, for all intents and purposes. If something happens in a single property or business, all other assets are liable. It should be obvious that limiting liability, whenever possible, is the best strategy. By partnering with a knowledgeable lawyer, you can set up LLC businesses and partnerships or explore other ways to limit liability, both legal and financial.

Purchase and Sale Agreements

At the Law Offices of Steven J. Cottrell we have extensive experience representing clients in the purchase or sale of a business. We begin by learning as much as possible about each client’s particular needs to develop solutions that are tailored specifically to that client’s business, legal problems and concerns. In addition, we carefully consider the tax implications of each purchase or sale and how they affect the client’s bottom line. Our experience enables us to be proactive in our approach, thereby anticipating and solving problems for our clients. Ultimately, we are committed to helping clients continue favorable, orderly business relationships with their employees and customers.


Business owners, experienced investors, and franchisors involved in the rental or purchase of commercial real estate make significant investments in property and need to make certain their investments are economically profitable. As a result, their need for legal representation by a good commercial real estate attorney who has knowledge and expertise relating to commercial real estate lease law is essential. You can put our experience and expertise to work for you.

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