Small Businesses

From startup to exit strategy, Rucci Law Group’s business practice provides thoughtful advice and individualized service to help clients achieve business goals while managing and minimizing risk. When it comes to protecting ownership interests, our attorneys are on call to simplify complex questions and provide legal guidance.
Rucci Law Group’s experienced team of business attorneys offers personalized counsel to identify and manage legal issues throughout the entire life cycle of a business. Legal issues facing businesses include legal structure and governance, employment law and hiring practices, shareholder agreements, risk management, planning for growth and additional investment, and dissolution or exit strategies.
Startups face a host of specific legal issues that may seem secondary to getting a great idea to market or getting a business up and running. Rucci Law Group’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 a new company.

Key Competencies

  • Corporate formation: Selecting the legal structure that’s right for each 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 governance: Ensuring that 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; planning for future infusions of capital and potential dilution of ownership
  • Employment agreements: Documenting 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
  • Risk management: Protecting the organization, directors and officers from unnecessary risk of lawsuits
  • Succession planning: Transferring the business to the next generation with minimal taxation; treatment of heirs and successors
  • Dissolution: Assisting with the windup of businesses to ensure there is no ongoing exposure for the principals

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