Buying or Selling a Business

businessBuying or Selling a Business or Franchise in Northern California

Buying a business or franchise is one of the most exciting events in a person's life. Passing your business on to the next generation can provide an immense feeling of pride and satisfaction.

Whether you are buying or selling a business or franchise however, you must be very careful. Unless you take care to protect your interests, your dream could become a nightmare. An experienced franchise law attorney can provide the advice you need to minimize your risk and increase the likelihood of a successful transaction.

The Law Offices of James G. Schwartz has been advising business owners and entrepreneurs in Alameda County, Contra Costa County and Northern California since 1976. We can review all aspects of the proposed transaction to protect your interests and facilitate a trouble-free transaction.

Call us at 925-463-1073 for a consultation.

We Will Guide You Through the Entire Business Purchase Process

The Law Offices of James G. Schwartz has extensive experience in all business law matters, including business planning, business transactions, real estate, insurance coverage, and commercial lease matters.

Let Us Put Our Experience to Work For You

We can review your proposed business purchase from the initial stage, through the due diligence process, to the final closing. After the transaction has been completed, we can continue to provide on-going advice and legal services as your business grows.

Persons thinking about buying a business should not rely on a business broker to protect their interests. If you are buying a franchise, remember the franchisor may be more interested in selling you the franchise that they are in supporting your business once you are up and running. Many questions face a business buyer that only an experienced business lawyer can answer.

  • Is the business fairly valued?
  • Are there any liens against the real estate or inventory?
  • Have all the employment taxes been paid?
  • Do you understand all the terms of the franchise agreement?
  • Are the books you have seen accurate, or is there another set of books somewhere?
  • How much support does the franchisor provide for marketing and advertising to help your franchise succeed?
  • How will the inventory be valued at closing?

Our lawyers can get answers to these and the many more issues that will arise during the due diligence process.

Business Succession Planning and Advice

The Law Offices of James G. Schwartz also helps sellers of businesses complete successful transactions, including business owners who wish to transition their businesses to family members. Our extensive experience in business law, taxation, real estate, and estate planning can help ensure a successful business succession.

CONTACT the Pleasanton, CA, Law Offices of James G. Schwartz today for an evaluation of your pending business purchase or sale.

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