If you are contemplating starting a new business, you have many legal questions to consider. First, you need to determine the appropriate legal form for your business. Should you set up a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, or a corporation? Furthermore, how do you ensure that your rights are protected when engaging in business deals? Also, how do you make certain you are complying with state and federal regulations? You need a skilled and experienced Oregon business lawyer to answer your questions and make certain your interests are protected.


For over 30 years, our real estate attorneys have handled transactional matters surrounding residential and commercial real estate in Oregon, including Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, and Yamhill counties, and litigating any disputes that arise. We will quickly and affordably secure the deal that you expect. Our goal for your real estate matter is to efficiently memorialize your transaction, spot any approaching problems, deal with them before they become worse, and keep your transaction moving productively forward. Closing the deal on your terms is our mission.


Our attorneys regularly assist clients in negotiating and structuring commercial leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants.


One of the first, and perhaps the most important issue for many businesses, is deciding which form of business entity to use, e.g., corporation, LLC, etc. We work closely with clients and their financial advisors to determine what long-term goals are sought, and which type of entity will best enable the client to achieve those goals. We handle all aspects of forming the entity, qualifying it to do business in other states where necessary, and providing ongoing legal support of company operations and maintenance of the entity after formation.


Businesses frequently need assistance in the negotiation, interpretation, and drafting of important contracts with customers, suppliers, etc. We regularly help clients in such matters.


We advise clients on the formation and operation of partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies doing business in a variety of industries, including technology, real estate, health care, fisheries and transportation. Our lawyers have substantial experience drafting and negotiating agreements to form these entities and advising clients on the tax and liability issues that these types of business arrangements present.


Martin, Elliott & Snell, PC serves clients with complex cases in industries ranging from insurance to energy and utilities, and from consumer products and retail businesses to high-technology manufacturers. Given the vast scope of commercial litigation, our group uses a team approach, providing the most efficient and flexible use of resources for our clients. Where litigation is not the best approach for a client, we look to various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation. Our track record exemplifies the favorable results we obtain for our clients both inside and outside the courtroom.


A significant aspect of our practice involves working with clients to plan, structure, evaluate, negotiate, and document the purchase or sale of businesses. This work is done in close concert with the client and its advisors who make up the business team. We will listen to your goals and needs, and help you achieve those goals in the transaction. We will look for innovative ways to achieve that objective.

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