Commercial litigation can take many forms. Ruffner Schoenbaum PLLC has experience assisting clients in a wide variety of matters. For example, Eleanor and Tanya represent parties to contractual relationships that are not being performed as agreed or are in need of modification or termination. They work with companies and boards of directors needing to extract themselves from corporate fiduciaries who have caused harm by neglecting or abusing their role. They represent business people whose partners or shareholders are not meeting their obligations to the business. They advise companies who need to protect themselves from unfair competition from competitors and former employees, from theft of trade secrets, from misuse of copyrighted or trademarked property, or from allegations of anti-competitive behavior. They counsel people and entities who owe fiduciary duties, or who are owed fiduciary obligations, regarding the contours of those duties, the legal requirements for satisfying those duties, and the liability arising from a fiduciary’s breach.
Business Law is a large category of law, which encompasses business formation, transactional work including contract drafting and review as well as drafting documents to assist in the transitions, changes and growth faced by many businesses. Each area is described in more detail below.
Whether you are starting a new business or updating a current entity, Ruffner Schoenbaum, PLLC will answer your questions and ensure your filing is accurate and the best fit for your business. Formations are typically filed in Texas, but the firm also has experience working with Delaware-based entities and other out of state filings. All formations include the requisite supplemental documentation including an Operating Agreement or Partnership Agreement, all for a flat rate. The firm also has experience with nonprofit formation including 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax exempt entities, and drafting nonprofit Bylaws and other supporting Corporate documents.
- Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
- Texas Nonprofit Corporations
- Professional Limited Liability Companies (PLLC)
- Limited Partnerships (LP)
- Professional Associations and Corporations (PA or PC)
- Partnership Agreements
When your business changes, it is important that you have the appropriate agreements and records to reflect the change. The firm can assist with the following and other changes to your firm as well:
- Adding or Removing Members, Partners, or Stockholders
- Winding up an entity
- Amending a filing
- Applying for tax exempt status for an existing nonprofit
- New employees or contract workers
- Legal Strategy Session for New Businesses
- Succession Planning
Contract Development and Review
The firm can assist in business contract drafting and also review and update existing agreements including the following:
- Commercial Leases
- Employment Agreements and Employee Handbooks
- Independent Contractor Agreements
- Partner and Executive Agreements
- Noncompeting Agreements
- Nondisclosure Agreements
- Vendor and Service Provider Agreements
- Review and Improve Web-based template Agreements
Copyright and Trademark
When that brilliant idea strikes, it is important to safeguard your intellectual property. The firm achieves this in a combination of providing contracts with significant protective language for your clients, employees, and third parties and through trademark registration. Trademark Registration can be achieved either on a Texas only or nation-wide basis. The attorneys will discuss the best filing options for your business and file and monitor the trademark through the whole process for a flat fee.
If a dispute or threat to your registered property arises, Ruffner Schoenbaum PLLC will review the facts giving rise to the dispute and discuss what options exist for protecting your intangible property rights. Sometimes a simple misunderstanding can be corrected with a cease and desist letter to a party unaware of the unlawful nature of its conduct. On the other hand, if your trademark or copyright is being infringed by an aggressive wrongdoer, litigation may be the best or only option.
Ruffner Schoenbaum does not handle patents or other highly technical intellectual property registration or litigation, but we are happy to provide a quality referral on request.
Ruffner Schoenbaum PLLC offers a flat rate estate planning package for individuals, couples and families. The basic package of services includes: (1) a Will that is drafted specifically to carry out the needs of the individual client including a testamentary trust for young people and designation of guardian, if applicable; (2) Statutory Durable Power of Attorney; (3) Health Care Power of Attorney; (4) a Living Will (Directive to Physicians); (5) HIPAA; and (6) Executor's Worksheet.
The firm also offers other tools such as succession planning, family trust drafting and revision, out of state transfer, and documents to support minor children.