Steadfast business representation on California’s Central Coast since 1988

Contracts are integral to business operations. A well-drafted contract can mean the difference between a successful business arrangement and a failed agreement and ongoing disputes. At McCarthy & Kroes, our lawyers help businesses and individuals protect their businesses and their rights by negotiating contracts to minimize risk of dispute and maximize profitable results.

Types of Contracts

With 25 years of experience, our lawyers assist with the negotiation, drafting and review of all types of business and commercial contracts:

Business formation and dissolution

The formation of a new business requires a number of important contracts that enumerate how a business does everything from operating to dissolving. Our attorneys help you negotiate and draft all types of business formation agreements, including operating agreements, shareholder agreements, employment agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements and much more. We also assist with buy-sell agreements and dissolution agreements.

Nonprofit organizations

Like all businesses, nonprofits rely on a broad range of contracts, including:

  • Formation agreements
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Employment contracts
  • Vendor contracts
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Real estate purchase and sale agreements

Our attorneys assist nonprofits and small businesses with all these contracts and more.

Buy-sell agreements

Planning for the eventual departure of one partner or business co-owner is an essential aspect of good business planning. Our lawyers help business owners negotiate and draft contracts for business purchases and sales — known as buy/sell agreements — or buyout contracts that fully discuss and plan for the eventual retirement, disability, death or voluntary or forced leave of a business partner. We help you decide such essential matters as who can purchase shares of the business, the purchase price, what events trigger a buyout and how to resolve disputes over the arrangement.

Stock purchase agreements

Our attorneys help businesses and shareholders negotiate and draft stock purchase agreements to regulate the sale and transfer of shares. We help you consider all important aspects of these agreements, including who has the right of first refusal and how shares may be purchased from a shareholder in different situations.

Nondisclosure and non-compete agreements

One of the most effective ways to protect your intellectual property is to establish policies and safeguards for business operations. Our attorneys help businesses draft confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements to protect trade secrets and other nonpublic business information. We also draft non-compete clauses or covenants not to compete. This prevents employees from taking proprietary business information — or the knowledge and skills they gained while working for you — to start a competing business.

Contract drafting

A well-drafted contract fully enumerates the rights, responsibilities and expectations of the parties involved, clarifies contract terms and business or commercial terms, and provides for methods of resolving disputes. At McCarthy & Kroes, our meticulous attorneys excel at contract drafting. We help individuals and businesses anticipate potential problems, avoid ambiguity and loopholes, and draft meaningful, beneficial contracts.

Contract negotiation

Contracts are the primary vehicle for conducting business. From basic purchase orders to employment contracts, joint venture agreements to licensing agreements, almost every aspect of a business hinges upon successful contract negotiation. With extensive courtroom experience, a business attorney at our firm can provide insight into the potential problems that may arise over the terms or enforcement of a contract. We help clients negotiate to minimize these risks while seeking to maximize profit and beneficial contract terms. Through strategic, diligent and professional representation, we guide you or your business through negotiations over all types of contracts:

Contract disputes

Because contracts touch upon every aspect of a company’s operations, disputes often center on the negotiation or interpretation of a contract and its terms. Breach of contract and other disputes arise regarding all types of business dealings:

  • Purchase, sale or lease of property or equipment
  • Stock purchase agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Trade secrets and covenants not to compete
  • Partnership and joint venture disputes
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Business dissolutions

Contact experienced attorneys for reliable contract development

At McCarthy & Kroes, we are dedicated to helping you succeed in every business endeavor. To learn more about our skills and how we may help in your case in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today.