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Thomas S. Carter

250 W. First Street Suite 340 Claremont, CA 91711

email: tom@tscarterlaw.com

Experienced & Knowledgeable Representation Tailored to Your Unique Business

The Law Offices of

Thomas S. Carter

With regard to the impact of COVID-19, we are open for business, working remotely and continuing to put our best efforts forward on your behalf.

Business Litigation is complicated. Contact us to explore your options.

Phone:  909.296.3360

Fax: 909.297.4444

email: tom@tscarterlaw.com

The Law Offices of Thomas S. Carter

250 W. First Street Suite 340 Claremont, CA 91711

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January, 2020 A Business Transaction Can Help Ensure Your Business’ Success

When a business transaction is successful, it contributes to the profitability and continuity of operations within the company. A skilled business transaction attorney can assist with transactional matters to help ensure your business’ success. With a deep understanding of the business cycle, a business attorney can strategically position your company to accomplish legal objectives. With this guidance, you can make informed decisions, exploring and pursuing the most advantageous options.

A skilled business transaction lawyer works to protect and advance the clients’ interests. By looking toward the future, the attorney can identify areas that may be of concern for future liability. The attorney can negotiate or take steps to mitigate that risk before the deal is finalized. These actions can result in a significant cost savings, especially when well-drafted contracts and agreements hold up in court against litigation. Whether you are setting up business operations, selling a company, or closing a business, it is essential to have each transaction handled by a skilled business lawyer. When a business transaction is not handled properly or is poorly drafted, it may open the door for the risk of liability.

December, 2020 Updating Employee Policies May Cut Lawsuit Risk

Employers are responsible for creating and maintaining appropriate workplace standards. These uniform personnel policies should guide employee behavior while giving the employee actionable tools for certain situations. When these standardized practices are applied consistently to all employees, it can reduce the risk of liability to the employer. A business transaction attorney can help your company navigate the web of complex laws that guide employer-employee relations.

Creating an employee handbook may be the most efficient way for an employer to communicate critical information to all employees. Having an experienced lawyer draft the employee manual ensures all policies are within the boundaries of the law. It is important to update this manual regularly to keep up with new legal requirements. The employee handbook relays personnel practices to new employees as they are hired so the message is understood by all employees, regardless of their length of employment or position. Establishing policies for employers can help the company comply with employment laws. For example, independent contractor agreements should clearly identify the rights and obligations of each party. If elements are missing, the employer may be at risk of legal action from the employee.

November, 2019 To Own or to Lease the Business Property

Many business owners are comfortable leasing the land or building in which their company is located. Others have recognized the benefits of owning the real estate under their business. What would happen if your business was forced to move? Would your business or your clients easily adapt to a new environment? The Law Offices of Thomas S. Carter can evaluate your situation to determine whether leasing or purchasing commercial property will be the most beneficial. Call (909) 296-3360 to arrange for a legal consultation.

Buying your business’ property may bring more stability to your company and greater freedom because the pressure from a landlord is removed. The purchase of commercial property may help you cut the costs of renting while also increasing equity. If there are other tenants in the building you’ve purchased, the additional rent may become a source of independent income for you. Tax advantages may also be available. It may also be possible to grow or expand your business if additional office, warehouse, or storefront space is available. Attorney Thomas Carter assists clients with transactional issues involving leasing, selling, financing and developing commercial properties. He has experience handling these real estate law matters, and he is prepared to design a strategic plan to help you obtain your legal goals.

October, 2019 General Business Litigation  

At the Law Offices of Thomas S. Carter, we represent businesses and individuals in a broad range of business-related disputes that could not be resolved outside of court.

Litigation typically arises because parties are either unable or unwilling to work with each other to resolve their dispute. These cases may be based on breach of contract (whether due to miscommunication about the terms of a contract, failure to pay or deliver, the receipt of goods which do not meet expectations, or failure to deliver on time), the misappropriation of trade secrets, commercial lease or buy/sell disputes, employer/employee conflicts, or a multitude of other issues, both relatively simple and highly complex.

September, 2019 Can Litigation be Avoided?

Litigation is both costly and time consuming. It also takes away from the day to day business operations because the owner/s or operating officers are distracted from their duties. Rather, they become focused on the dispute at hand, especially if they are involved in a particularly difficult, unusual or extremely complex case.

Business Litigation may be avoided when the parties to an action make a good faith effort to resolve their dispute through settlement negotiations. The process is much less costly in terms of both time and money, and is less disruptive to the business overall.

A highly skilled and seasoned negotiator, Attorney Thomas Carter has been helping companies of all sizes avoid litigation for more than ten years. Mr. Carter puts his extraordinary negotiating skills to work on behalf of clients seeking to settle their matter outside of court. Please contact us at (909) 296-3360 for additional information or to schedule a free, in-depth consultation.

August, 2019 What are Business Torts?

Business Torts are a category of causes of action that arise due to harm caused to a company’s reputation, intellectual property rights, and business relationships. Due to this classification, the actions taken against your company must be intentional, negligent or reckless. Unlike most other business matters that end up being litigated, the plaintiff company may be entitled to receive punitive damages as a result of another’s actions. A few examples of business torts include:

These cases are generally very complicated and plaintiff must successfully establish several elements in order to prevail. This includes proving that the defendant had a duty to act in good faith and failed to do so, causing harm to come to the business.

Business Litigation Lawyer Thomas S. Carter has spent more than ten years fighting zealously to preserve and protect the interests of his business clients, whether sole proprietorships or corporations. To obtain more information and learn if your circumstances fall under this category, you may contact us via email or call (909) 296-3360 to schedule a free consultation with one of the area’s leading business attorneys.