Partial List of Legal Services Offered

Business Entities Law
Business Law | Business Plans
Employment Law
Intellectual Property Law   (Trademark Law | Copyright Law)
Entertainment Law
Estate Planning / Wills & Trusts
Real Estate Law
Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Business Entities:

  • Formation of S corporations, C corporations, close corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and limited liability partnership (LLPs) nationwide, including custom Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (corps) / Articles of Organization and Operating Agreements (LLCs)
  • Legal advice concerning formation issues for S corps, C corps, LLCs, and LLPs nationwide (Selection of state of formation e.g., California vs Nevada / California vs Delaware, etc.; Choice of entity e.g., LLC vs S corp., S corp vs C corp., etc.)
  • Professional corporations for CPAs/accountants, doctors, dentists, architects, real estate and mortgage brokers, attorneys, and other licensed professionals
  • Nonprofits; IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption applications and state tax exemption filings
  • LLCs for investment / rental real estate
  • Pre-incorporation, shareholder, and buy-sell agreements
  • Director and officer indemnification agreements
  • Stock option agreements
  • Assistance with initial and annual shareholder and board of directors meetings, review/update of bylaws, corporate maintenance and resolutions
  • Revival of suspended corporations and LLCs
  • Partnership agreements and disputes
  • Dissolution and wind-up, purchase, sale, merger, and conversion of corporations, LLCs, LLPs nationwide
  • California resident agent for service of process
Business and Employment Law:
  • Drafting of custom contracts and reusable templates
  • Review and negotiation of contracts / agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Franchise agreements and franchise disclosure document (FDD) review, advice, and counsel
  • Non-disclosure (NDA) and confidentiality and agreements
  • Employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Employee Stock Option Plans
  • Employee manuals and California "Sue Your Boss" law compliance audits
  • Employment termination agreements and releases
  • Website privacy policy and user agreements
  • "Virtual" (outsourced) corporate "in-house" counsel, (monthly retainer arrangements available)
  • Dispute resolution, negotiation, and business litigation
Business Plan Preparation:
  • Business plans drafted by California attorney and top MBA program graduate (finance major)
  • Business and legal review and revision of existing / draft business plans
  • Motion picture/documentary film/reality TV, as well as non-entertainment related business plans
Intellectual Property Law:
  • Trademark registration filings and advice - state and federal/USPTO
  • Comprehensive trademark searches
  • Copyright registration filings and copyright law advice
  • Internet domain name, trademark, and copyright disputes and infringement actions
Entertainment Law:
  • Literary option and sale agreements and related negotiations and copyright law issues
  • Life rights agreements, releases, and related negotiations and copyright law issues
  • Contract review
  • Motion picture / documentary production counsel
  • Private placement memorandum
  • Outsourced (retainer basis) business affairs / legal department
  • Submissions agreements
  • Screenplay legal issues review
  • Legal consulting for screenwriters and novelists with questions about substantive law or procedure to enhance the accuracy and believability of their literary work
  • Writer collaboration agreements
  • Copyright filings and advice
  • Loan-out corporations
  • Above-the-line (talent) employment agreements: writer / producer / director / actor
  • Below-the-line (crew) employment agreements
  • Agent / manager / publicist / attorney representation agreements
  • General entertainment business and entertainment law advice for novice writers/directors/producers/actors
Litigation / Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Estate Planning, and Wills & Trusts:
  • Dispute resolution, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and civil litigation
  • Real estate law
  • Wills and trusts; revocable living trusts
  • Living wills / advance health care directives
  • Durable powers of attorney for health care / general powers of attorney / limited powers of attorney / financial powers of attorney / durable, nondurable, and springing power of attorney
Please do not hesitate to inquire if your legal needs are not mentioned above; this is of necessity a partial list and at the very least a referral to another attorney can usually be made if your legal needs fall outside the practice areas listed above.  Initial consultation via email or telephone is always without charge or obligation.

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