Small Businesses

From startup to exit strategy, Rucci Law Group’s business practice provides thoughtful advice and individualized service to help you achieve your business goals, while helping you manage and minimize risk. When it comes to protecting ownership interests, RLG’s attorneys are on call to simplify complex questions and provide legal guidance.

Rucci Law Group’s experienced team of business attorneys provides personalized counsel to identify and manage legal issues throughout the entire life cycle of a small business. Legal issues facing small businesses include legal structure and governance, employment law and hiring practices, shareholder agreements, litigation, planning for growth and additional investment, and dissolution or exit strategies.

Key Legal Issues for Small Businesses

  • Corporate governance: Ensuring that your bylaws, filings, annual meetings, and decision-making processes comply with applicable laws.
  • Financing: Documenting secured and unsecured bank debt and private equity placement, including mandatory disclosures and special structures for warrants, stock options, and other equity participations.
  • Employment agreements: Documenting your intentions regarding employment status, bonuses, benefits, equity participation, and agreements with independent contractors and other vendors.
  • Real estate: Developing optimal structures for holding, leasing and financing real estate used in the business, including handling real estate owned by principals.
  • Litigation exposure: Protecting the organization, directors and officers from unnecessary risk of lawsuits.
  • Succession planning: Transferring your business to the next generation with minimal taxation; treatment of heirs and successors.


Startups face a host of legal issues that may seem secondary to getting a great idea to market or getting a business up and running. RLG’s legal advice not only allows entrepreneurs to concentrate on the business rather than the legal details, but also provides a forward-looking perspective to avoid future legal issues and to protect ownership in the new business.

Key Legal Issues for Startups

  • Corporate formation: Selecting the legal structure that’s right for your business and tax situation.
  • Ownership agreements: Creating fair and enforceable agreements for investors, partners, and executives, including buy-sell agreements, and procedures in the event of death, disability or dissolution.
  • Corporate Funding: Planning for future infusions of capital and potential dilution of ownership.

For more information, please contact Joseph J. Rucci Jr.