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Taking a New Approach to Help Las Vegas Businesses
Since the firm’s opening in 2009, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Tony M. May, P.C. have been working with Las Vegas businesses and individuals to provide them with the very best up to date legal advice. With the combined experience of our attorneys, our firm has backgrounds in many different industries. Therefore, we are ready and prepared to assist you on your various legal matters.
We firmly believe that in order to promote the very best interests of our clients, as well as obtain the best possible legal outcome for them, it is imperative that we educate each and every individual client thoroughly about their legal issues. So that when we share information with our clients, in turn, they can provide us with all of the necessary and pertinent information we need to help them in their situation.
Meeting with Attorneys Who Use Las Vegas Business Law to Help You
Rather than diving headfirst into business or personal disputes without knowing where you are going, or what your rights are, first consider calling one of our attorneys at the law office of Tony M. May, P.C. to assist you. Our firm will provide you with the best legal information to help you, help yourself. Whether you are starting a new business, negotiating a contract, having lease issues, or filing a construction claim, we will help you to see the bigger picture, and work within the laws to make them benefit you. We are Las Vegas’s best business law firm, and we are ready to help your business succeed!
Our Las Vegas Business Attorneys
At Tony M. May, P.C., we have business attorneys that are skilled in a multitude of different areas. We are proud to provide Las Vegas businesses and individuals with legal services in administrative law, business law, construction law, contract law, contract drafting/negotiations, consumer bankruptcy, lease agreement drafting and negotiations, employment law, and real estate law.
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No matter which of the above-mentioned areas of law you find yourself in need of assistance for, our attorneys will be able to assess the situation, find the best possible solution, and educate you in the processes we use in order to work as a team to achieve the best possible outcome.
Our attorneys work with both new and existing companies looking to protect their businesses. Our Las Vegas business law firm makes it a priority to provide individuals and companies with personalized, and general counsel services. We firmly believe in creating solid, long-term business relationships with our clients. We feel that they deserve to have access to the very best possible legal counsel. Our Law Firm provides creative business solutions in regards to drafting, forming and restricting legal entities. Our experienced negotiation team has years of experience handling contracts, dispute resolutions, regulatory compliances, and preventative advice.
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April 30, 2016
Litigation may be the only recourse for some business owners, as it often results when someone enters into a contract without fully examining what they are signing. At Tony M. May P.C., we see all types of businesses dealing with a variety of issues stemming from poorly written contracts, to those that signed contracts without actually understanding what they agreed to. If you are in the process of entering into a business contract, here are the top ten things you need to know beforehand to help protect you and your assets:
- All business contracts should be in writing.
Oral agreements can be binding, but they are difficult to enforce in court. A written agreement is less risky and it clearly defines each party’s rights and obligations.
- Define each party’s rights and obligations.
Defining the rights and obligations of both parties eliminates confusion, and makes it easier to plead your case in court as it has been clearly defined in the contract.
- Use clear language.
Use clear language and terminology that you understand, so that you will be able to clearly determine your rights and obligations under the contract. Create short, clear sentences, with numbered paragraph headings to show a reader what is in the contract.
- Identify each party correctly.
The contract should identify the accurate legal names of the parties involved. This is so they can determine their obligations to be performed under the contract, which includes using the full legal names of the corporations and/or LLCs that are parties to the contract.
- Include clear definitions of rights and obligations.
The contract document must include all of the rights and obligations for each party member in the contract. If you later discover there are additional items that should have been included, the parties should work together to include an amendment or addendum to the contract.
- Specify payment obligations.
The party’s obligations regarding payments should be defined by both the amount, and when each payment is due.
- Discuss circumstances for termination of the contract.
The Parties should discuss, and if possible, agree on any conditions that would allow a party to terminate the contract. These discussions should list any penalties for termination of the contract, should it be predetermined.
- Discuss dispute resolution.
Agree on dispute resolution measures, as some business owners prefer arbitration or mediation rather than going to court. In some cases, it is less time consuming, and less expensive.
- Understand state law requirements pertaining to disputes.
The Parties should also have a paragraph regarding which state law will govern the interpretation of the contract, as well as which jurisdiction/court should hear the matter if a dispute arises.
- Consult with a lawyer.
Although not mandatory, it is usually a good idea to have a lawyer involved with the drafting of business contracts to make sure that all appropriate issues are addressed and that the parties understand the scope of the contract.
Please know that Tony M. May P.C.’s attorneys have many years of experience drafting all kinds of business contracts, and we regularly assist our clients with both the formation, and negotiation of those business contracts. For more information about business contracts, contact our Las Vegas law firm today at: (702) 388-0404!
March 29, 2016
Recently our law firm was featured in “The Associated General Contractors of Las Vegas.” We regularly handle a variety of construction law cases, and have represented every type of party in the construction industry. If you have a legal issue related to construction law, contact our Las Vegas law firm.
Click here for a full downloadable version of our recent AGC article.
Tony M. May, Esq. conducts several seminars a year for AGC Las Vegas, educating members on a variety of legal topics. His firm, the Law Office of Tony M. May, P.C., specializes in construction law. “I was a civil engineer for several years before I went to law school, so I have a good understanding of the construction process,” said May. “We’ve represented every type of party in the construction arena: owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and engineers, and we range from any kind of construction dispute, contract review, and contract negotiations to labor and employment.”
May’s firm recently had a big victory in overturning a $350,000 for a client. The ongoing case is the Board of Trustees of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 525 Health and Welfare Trust and Plan et al v. Security Plumbing & Air Conditioning. The trust (plaintiff) filed a complaint stating Security Plumbing (defendant and May’s client) wasn’t producing documents for an audit. They asked the court for an order compelling the client to produce the documents, there was a misunderstanding, and the client never filed an answer. The trust then filed for a default judgment, but instead of an order for the client to produce the documents, they got a monetary judgment of $350,000. That’s when May got involved and completed a thorough analysis of the situation. “We discovered the default judgment should have never been granted because the complaint didn’t request any monetary damage,” said May.
May filed a motion to set aside the default judgment based on the federal rule of civil procedure, rule 54 C, which states, “A default judgment must not differ in kind from, or exceed in amount, what is demanded in the pleadings.” Simply put, you can’t file a complaint and then ask for different relief when you don’t receive an answer. The courts are restricted from going beyond the complaint. “We recently had a hearing with the judge, and the judge agreed with us that the order was only compelling production,” said May. “The judge set aside default judgment.” To May’s understanding, the client has now produced all the requested documents. The trust has filed an amended complaint asking for damages, so this case is now in litigation.
“We would have preferred to have been part of this whole thing from the beginning,” said May. “Our preference as a law firm is to develop long-term relationships with clients so they feel comfortable contacting us and saying ‘Hey, I’ve got this issue,’ or ‘I’ve got this contract that looks onerous.’ They give us the contract to review, and it allows them to go into contract negotiation with their eyes open.” It’s May’s belief that spending a little money up front with this sort of contract review could end up saving clients a lot more in the long run.
January 29, 2016
When you have your own business, it can be a challenge in determining what type of business entity to declare. There are so many different options out there. Which option is the best for you and your business? Would it be best to declare it as a sole proprietorship? Or perhaps a Limited Liability Company (LLC) would be better in representing your business. In this article, we will break down the options with which types of business entities there are to declare, so you can better determine what will best benefit you and your business.
- A sole proprietorship is a business where the owner is personally and solely liable for any legal responsibilities. This means that the business isn’t separate from the personal standings of the owner when it comes to any legal issues that may arise, such as a lawsuit.
- The business owner can claim their own business losses and profits on their annual personal tax returns.
- A sole proprietorship can be easy to form and operate for the business owner.
- No state filing is needed for a sole proprietorship.
- A partnership is similar to a sole proprietorship, but there are shared aspects of the business. They are also easy to form and operate.
- Each partner in the business can claim their profits and losses on their own personal tax returns.
- No state filing is needed for a partnership.
Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
- The business has an independent legal structure away from the personal legal liabilities of the owner(s). There is a separation between the assets of the business, and the owner.
- There aren’t any limitations in the number of owners, and there are no requirements to hold annual meetings.
- The tax filing is similar to that of a sole proprietorship or partnership, and can be done on the owner’s personal tax filing.
- An LLC is governed by operating agreements.
- Similar to an LLC, the business has an independent legal structure away from the personal legal liabilities of the owner(s). There is a separation between the personal assets and debts, and those of the business.
- Tax filing is done separate from the owner’s personal tax filings; it will be taxed on corporate profits, and shareholder dividends.
- A C corporation must have annual meetings, and keep records of them.
- Similar to LLC and C corporations, the business has an independent legal structure away from the personal legal liabilities of the owner(s). There is a separation between the personal assets or debts, and those of the business.
- The business owners can report their profits and losses on their personal tax filing.
- There is a limitation to the number of shareholders in the business, and the shareholders must be U.S. citizens and residents.
- An S corporation must have annual meetings, and keep records of them.
Once you’ve determined which entity best represents your business and potential goals, it’s time to select which entity to declare. It could very much be beneficial for the business owner to have legal advisement for this process. Having legal help will free you of other obligations which will give you more time to focus on making your business successful. Contact us today if you have any questions about your business legal matters, or if you have questions about what business entity should declare.
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“I had to sue a rouge partner, and consulted with 2 attorney's who advised me my case would be very hard to win, and to better leave things as they were. I got very lucky when a friend of mine recommended Tony May to me. After a 2 hour consultation, he decided my case was worth pursuing. He built such a good case for me, that when the judge ordered both parties to meet and try to resolve the issues at hand, before having to go to trial, my partners attorney was at a loss. We settled, and I got everything I was contesting and more. My partners attorney later admitted to me that sometimes your own clients are your worst enemies. Thank you Tony for a job well done!” William
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“Mr. May and his staff did an exceptional job in handling my legal matter. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank them in making me a believer that there are still professionals who care. I highly recommend him and his staff .”Cheryline