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Old 10-30-2005, 09:35 AM   #1
 
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Well, I have someone who wants to buy my company! So now I need a lawyer to write up the purchase contract.

I see no reason to use a local attorney (thoughts on that?).

Can one or more of you recommend an attorney that you've used and you trust? I'm looking for a straightforward agreement, and I'd like someone who will be good at anticipating potential problems, and writing an agreement that will avoid them. I'd also like a good value.

You can pm me the names, or post them here. Thanks!!
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations, Al!

They're probably impressed by the recent improvements you made to your tech support?

Clearly they're not doing their due diligence or they would have identified themselves to this board...
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Old 10-31-2005, 12:13 PM   #3
 
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Hey, I thought I'd get a bunch of recommendations. I'm depending on you guys -- anybody?

Can anyone think of a good reason, besides lack of "face time," not to use a long-distance lawyer?

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Shouldnt you just make some smooching sounds and then call out "Here martha martha martha..." in a soothing sing-song voice?

Look at how she did it to me with the "anyone got a recipe for gumbo?" post?
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:25 PM   #5
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Hey Al, I think you at least need a lawyer who is licensed to practice in your state. It is California isn't it? I don't have any names for you. If you don't have any luck here, get a referral for a business lawyer that does deals. Accountants and other business people can be a good source of referrals. A mid size firm probably makes the most economic sense yet with the greatest likelihood of having the required breadth of experience.

You are absolutely right that you don't need anyone close by, but you should get some kind of recommendation.

And then look them up and read about them on http://www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/home.xml

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Thanks, Martha. Yes, California.
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Old 10-31-2005, 04:38 PM   #7
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Al, if the dead silence continues, when I am back at work tomorrow I'll ask around.
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You mean when you come in off the ice flows. Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2005, 04:58 PM   #9
 
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My accountant has recommended a tax accountant who has a lot of experience with this to set up this agreement. IOW, he's not a lawyer. Any problem with that?
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:19 PM   #10
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Will he be aware of all the things that can lead to potential liability? I would use a lawyer or at least have a lawyer look at the draft. The accountant is practicing law without a license if he drafts a purchase agreement. There are plenty of transactional lawyers out there, you have got to be able to find one.
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Al,

For what it's worth I use an in-state but out of town law firm that was experienced with VC backed businesses. Attorney groups in my town only dealt with mom and pop businesses. I just kept talking to local business people I trusted till I found the right person. Price went from $190/hr to $300/hr but had to be done. I try not to bother him too frequently We also use an accounting group to do full audits which investors (and potential buyers) demand, but they never set up agreements. They would simply provide guidance to our attorney on tax and accounting issues (revenue recognition, latest statements, etc). Are the tax returns for your business reviewed or audited? Is the buyer requesting it? Are they requesting you stay on for post sale support?

If you have a straight forward sale (cash deal with no employees, no earn-outs or other existing customer-vendor-license-etc agreements the buyer would have to deal with) then the agreement should be straight forward as well but I would think you still have things like Reps & Warranties, Imdemnification and all those other boiler plate legal items that need to be in it. As Martha stated you definitely need a decent business attorney just to understand (and limit) your liabilities. Good luck and congrats on finding a buyer. Wish I was that lucky.

[Just curious how the price compares to the revenue you are currently generating? I recall you saying that you would have needed to put money into upgrades to keep it going, thus the reason for selling]
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Al, check your PM
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