Scottsdale Business Attorney | Pearson Law
Welcome to Pearson Law. My name is Karl S. Pearson, Scottsdale, AZ business attorney and founder of Pearson Law, PLC.
With more than 25 years of legal experience, I help individuals and businesses resolve legal disputes and provide guidance to protect their financial health.
As a business owner, I understand the issues that entrepreneurs and businesses face every day.
From managing employees to daily operations, keeping track of your finances, all while staying focused on the future of your business, you have a lot to deal with, and complex legal issues shouldn't be one of them. I can represent you in the following legal matters.
Personal, Legal Representation
Representing Arizona businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals, I believe that everyone deserves straightforward answers.
Unlike large law firms, at Pearson Law, you can expect personal attention every step of the way.
I understand the importance of personal attention delivered promptly. When Clients hire me, they have direct access to me throughout their case. You will not be handed off to an associate attorney with little experience.
Small Business Legal Services
Let's face it; running a small business is both rewarding and demanding. When legal issues arise, you need a trusted source that you can turn to.
You need someone who understands the sweat and tears that you have poured into your business and will help protect your business as if it was their own. I strive to learn as much as possible about a client’s needs to develop solutions that are specifically tailored to your business, legal problems, and concerns.
You can count on Pearson Law to personally help you resolve legal issues pertaining to your small business.
- Business Formation
- Choosing a Business Name
- Owner Disputes
Venturing out and starting a business can be an exciting time; after all, it's the culmination of the American Dream. Neglecting the essentials when it comes to forming a company can complicate business operations and impede your success from the start.
Starting a business requires thorough and effective planning in order to protect your personal and financial interests and to plan for potential disputes that may arise in the future.
I bring both the legal experience and knowledge of Arizona business formation laws to create a strong foundation from the onset.
Choosing a Business Structure
Each form of business has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of liability, taxes, and continuity. An experienced business lawyer can help you determine which type of business is right for you.
- Sole Proprietorship
- Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Choosing a business name
Although it may sound simple, choosing the right name for your business will have a significant impact on your success. Selecting the wrong name can fail to connect with customers, and more, it can result in business and legal hurdles.
- Conduct thorough research to avoid legal disputes
- Registration with the Arizona Secretary of State
Pearson Law can help you negotiate the path to selecting the right name for your business to ensure that you don't face legal ramifications down the road.
Planning & preparing to open your doors
From opening bank accounts to obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS, there are a variety of operational tasks that need to be addressed.
From the initial formation to day to day operations, licenses and permits, policies, and procedures, I can help you get your business started off on a successful path.
An Operating Agreement is a contract between LLC members that defines how the business will be run. Think of it as a pre-nuptial agreement between business owners. Corporations are governed by Bylaws and Shareholder Agreements.
Operating Agreements and Shareholder Agreements address the decision making and financial aspects of the business. Who is going to run the day-to-day operations? How are the profits and losses distributed? How can new members be admitted? Operating Agreements also address what happens if a member dies or if the members no longer want to be in business together.
A good Operating Agreement will make the details of a business arrangement clear to all of the members, thereby minimizing misunderstandings and disputes.
A well written Operating Agreement is a must for your business. At Pearson Law, I help filter out the legal jargon to help clients fully understand their legal rights and obligations.
Contracts – Writing, Review, and Negotiation
Contracts are the foundation of any profitable business. Contracts define the rights and obligations of the parties. A good contract is understandable and unambiguous.
Contracts should be written carefully to ensure your business is protected. While “handshake” deals are theoretically enforceable, they can be problematic if a dispute arises. Often, the parties disagree regarding the terms of the deal. Without a written contract, it is difficult to prove the terms of the agreement. Contractual terms should be clearly documented to avoid later misunderstandings.
I can help you prepare a contract that protects your legal and financial interests. If you have been asked to sign a contract, I can review the contract and negotiate better terms to protect your interests.
Enforcing the terms of contractual agreements is essential to ensuring the continued success of a company. A good contract can make it easier to enforce the contract.
A business contract creates certain obligations that must be fulfilled. When a party fails to satisfy its contractual obligations, that party has breached the contract.
Common contractual disputes include:
- Failure to deliver goods and services
- Failure to pay on time
- Providing inferior products and services
- Failure to fully complete the job
Business Litigation, Commercial & Civil Disputes
When a dispute arises, you need to make a business decision. Sometimes that will mean negotiating a resolution, other times, that will require filing a lawsuit. You need an attorney who can handle all aspects of your contract dispute. With over 25 years of experience, I am committed to helping my clients resolve business and commercial disputes. You can rely on me to help tailor a solution for your company.
Do you need a business litigation lawyer?
Every business will eventually encounter legal disputes. In fact, thousands of lawsuits are filed every year.
When your business finds itself in a lawsuit, it is vital to have a knowledgeable and experienced litigator on your side.
I have helped hundreds of clients resolve legal disputes involving:
- Breach of Contract
- Disputes between Business Partners
- Fraud & Misrepresentation
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Tortious Interference With Contract
- Theft of Trade Secrets
- Unfair Competition
- Collections and more
I have extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending businesses and have done so economically and effectively, working with companies of all sizes.
Legal Representation for Bankruptcy
If you are struggling to make car payments, credit card payments, or mortgage payments, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be the right solution.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy will stop harassing phone calls and letters. It will also stop wage and bank garnishments.
Eliminate your debts. If done correctly, your bankruptcy will result in a “Discharge” which is a court order eliminating your debts. You only have one chance to get it right when you file bankruptcy. So, it is important that you consult an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
Before you decide to file bankruptcy, consult an experienced bankruptcy attorney to help you determine if you should file for bankruptcy.
Experienced Business Representation
With over 25 years of experience, when it comes to your business's health, financial success, and future, at Pearson Law you can count on knowledgeable strategies to resolve business disputes, litigation, contracts, operating agreements, bankruptcy, and more with a personal touch.
When you need help with corporate or small business law matters, contact Scottsdale, AZ Business Attorney Karl Pearson
to learn what your legal options are or call (480) 820-1800.
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