The experienced business and commercial law attorneys at Appel & Yost LLP can assist clients in selecting the proper legal entity in which to conduct their business. No matter what the size or industry of your business, we can advise you in determining whether your business would be best structured as a corporation, general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship . Each of these entities has its benefits and detriments, and you can trust our experienced attorneys to carefully analyze your business plan to determine the best entity choice for you. We assist clients in filing the proper formation documents with the government; creating the applicable operating, partnership, or shareholder agreements; drafting bylaws, etc. Our representation does not end when your business is formed. We assist our clients in understanding and complying with federal, state and local regulations so that their business can continue to run smoothly.

Corporate Governance and Compliance

The experienced business and corporate law attorneys at Appel & Yost LLP provide counsel to businesses, their boards, officers, directors and key shareholders on a wide range of corporate governance issues. Our attorneys help clients get off on the right foot by developing a codes of ethics for directors, officers, managers and employees; as well as guiding principles or guidelines for corporate governance. As your business continues to grow, we will work with you to ensure that you are in compliance with all types of government regulations, such as those for voting guidelines, notice to shareholders, proxy access, independent auditor analyses, implementation of independent board committees, annual charter reviews, executive compensation and disclosure, shareholder proxy proposals, and more. We understand that federal and state guidelines can be confusing, especially in light of new regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and our team of attorneys is committed to ensuring clients' businesses operate in accordance with these guidelines. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and insight to advise corporations and key individuals on these issues.

Business Contracts and Commercial Transactions

The business and commercial law attorneys of Appel & Yost LLP understand the nature and importance of contracts for sale, manufacture, procurement, and distribution of goods and services. We represent clients at all stages of the distribution chain, from manufacturer to supplier and distributer to user. We have the experience to help you negotiate, draft and interpret commercial contracts in order to ensure your rights are protected. The experienced attorneys of Appel & Yost LLP can assist with all kinds of business transactions, such as sale and distribution agreements, licensing agreements for intellectual property, leasing of real and personal property, loan workouts and refinancing agreements, purchase and sale of business assets, promissory notes, commercial financing, contracts for professional services, and much more. No matter what type of commercial contract or transaction you wish to enter into, contact the experienced contract attorneys of Appel & Yost LLP to provide personalized assistance in achieving your specific objectives.

Mergers and Acquisitions

If you are considering purchasing, selling, or merging an interest in a business or its assets, the experienced mergers and acquisitions attorneys at Appel & Yost LLP can help guide you through the process step by step. Our attorneys understand that these business transactions have the potential to bring great reward but can also present substantial risk. Our experienced attorneys will work to minimize these risks by assisting in deal structuring, drafting financing agreements, ensuring compliance with government regulations, employment and staffing issues, preparing the operative agreement, tax planning, and more. Our attorneys are here to help, whether you are interested in a sale, purchase or merger of equity or assets. If you have any questions about a potential acquisition or disposition of a business interest and want to protect your interests, you can trust the mergers and acquisitions attorneys of Appel & Yost LLP to offer reliable representation specifically tailored to you and your business.

Partnership/Shareholder Agreements and Disputes

Whether your partnership is just starting out or has been in existence for decades, the business law attorneys at Appel & Yost LLP have the experience to draft partnership and shareholder agreements to suit your needs and those of the business. A strong partnership or shareholder agreement should provide guidance in anticipation of future issues that might arise. When a governing agreement falls short in this regard, the business and corporate law attorneys of Appel & Yost LLP can represent you or your business in resolving any disputes that may arise during the course of your operations. Such disputes may arise over a number of factors, such as violation of the agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, embezzlement or misappropriation of business funds, fraud or misrepresentation, and more. Our experienced attorneys will work hard to resolve your dispute and to protect your rights. Should it become necessary to dissolve the business entity, our attorneys are available to assist in the dissolution and winding up of the business in accordance with the law and relevant agreement.