Business Law

Minnesota Lawyer Delivers Sound Advice and Legal Services to Businesses of All Sizes.  

Business Law Firm | Business Legal Advice

Serving Clients in the Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota

At Hanson Law Office, PA, I have more than 15 years’ experience providing legal advice to small and large businesses in the Twin Cities Metro area and throughout Central Minnesota.  In addition to being an attorney, I am a successful entrepreneur and draw from my practical business experience to advise clients on commercial matters including:

  • Business formations
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Business operations
  • In-house counsel services
  • Employee matters
  • Tax liabilities

Business Entities in Minnesota | Business Law Firm

Whether you are just getting started or are considering converting an established limited liability company (LLC) to another type of legal entity, you should be fully informed and consider the advantages and disadvantages of all your options before you send the forms to the state. In Minnesota, we recognize a number of legal business entities, including:

  • Limited liability companies
  • Minnesota business corporations
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • Assumed names/sole proprietorship’s
  • Minnesota nonprofit corporations
  • Foreign corporations
  • Limited partnerships

There are pros and cons to each entity, so choosing the right one requires a close look at your individual circumstances and planned (or existing) business activities.

At Hanson Law Office, PA, I carefully weigh the advantages against the disadvantages to be certain you are making an informed decision.  In addition to being an attorney, I have an MBA, an accounting degree, plus a background advising clients in tax matters.  I’m a business lawyer that can educate and counsel while ensuring your business entity type aligns with your long-term goals.

Business Start-ups

The enthusiasm of new business owners is contagious, which is why I enjoy helping clients launch start-ups as well as advising clients as their companies grow.  My goal, however, is to make sure you keep both feet on the ground through strategies designed to help your business start off on the right foot.  No matter which kind of business you’re starting, it’s important to:

  • Do your homework — Before moving forward with anything else, do some research to learn what you might need to get started.  Then work with a seasoned business lawyer to determine licensing and permits, financing, protecting your intellectual property rights and drafting necessary commercial agreements.  This is a critical first step.  When not taken seriously a common misstep.
  • Choose a business structure — Select a business entity type available in Minnesota. Consult with an attorney and possibly an accountant before deciding which type of entity to form.
  • Determine next steps After you form a legal entity, your next steps depend on the location and type of business you operate. At a minimum, most businesses need a tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service, a city, county or state business license before commencing operations and appropriate insurance.


Minnesota Business Law Attorney Provides Contract Drafting and Review Services

At Hanson Law Office, PA, I offer practical contract advice for businesses of any size. One bit of advice holds true for all businesses — your business is not likely to achieve success with flawed, unenforceable contracts. I review your existing contracts and draft new ones, if needed, to protect your rights and minimize risks. Some of the contracts I can help you with include:

  • Sales agreements
  • Professional service agreements
  • Lease agreements
  • Agency agreements
  • Licenses
  • Service agreements
  • Options
  • Employment agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Vendor agreements
  • Purchase agreements

Partnership Agreements Are Essential

If you have business partners, one of the earliest contracts bearing your business name should be a partnership agreement or membership agreement. Giving your business a solid foundation during the entity formation process is critical to your business’s overall longevity and success. Just as you take care to protect your personal assets, you must protect your business interests just as carefully. Your soon-to-be partner may have already hired an attorney to file paperwork. That attorney is professionally bound to look out for your partner’s best interest, not yours. Choosing an experienced business law attorney to negotiate, prepare or review your contract will help guard your specific interests. I advocate for agreements that help you reach your professional goals and protect your business.

For a free phone consultation, call Hanson Law Office today!

At Hanson Law Office, PA, I provide practical advice to investors, individuals and businesses in the Twin Cities Metro Area and throughout Central Minnesota. We offer convenient evening and weekend appointments and free parking less than two blocks from the Stearns County Courthouse. We also have an office in Maple Grove. Call our office today at 320.200.2567 to arrange a meeting or contact us online.

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