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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

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The Law Offices of Thomas S. Carter

250 W. First Street Suite 340 Claremont, CA 91711

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April, 2020 Advantages to Retaining a General Counsel Lawyer

Hiring an outside general counsel attorney has many advantages. In addition to getting high quality legal services in an effective, efficient manner, the business owner may find another benefit. Because the attorney has insider’s knowledge of the organization, the general counsel lawyer is able to provide business-driven insight. When the business owner has an idea, they can run it by the attorney who can provide advice and counsel on legal, ethical, and technical issues. By including an attorney in the “brainstorming” of ideas early in the process, a business owner can be confident their idea is properly executed within legal and regulatory boundaries.

Acting as outside general counsel, a lawyer can play a key role in a business. An outside general counsel provides agreed-upon services when needed. If the business owner has concerns about a particular matter, the attorney can listen and offer a business-centric perspective. A general counsel lawyer can deliver results with a certain level of responsiveness that is not possible with a traditional lawyer-client relationship. The outside general counsel will be able to recognize when a business owner’s idea may not be on target to achieve the desired outcome. The business owner can be given additional information necessary to make alternate plans for that idea. A general counsel attorney can become a trusted advisor.

March, 2020 General Counsel Attorney Increases the Bottom Line

When providing general counsel services, an attorney will understand the business objectives, business model and legal challenges. The attorney will recognize the way the business makes money, collects payments, and handles contractors. This knowledge can help the attorney structure deals more quickly. The attorney can influence the business owner and craft agreements that put the company in a better economic position. In this way, the general counsel lawyer can have a positive impact on a business’ bottom line.

Many times, legal decisions are intertwined with the Chief Financial Officer’s position. Having a general counsel attorney involved can ensure these decisions are within the boundaries of the law. A successful business requires financial systems and financial controls to be maintained properly. A general counsel lawyer can be proactive and save the company money by facilitating beneficial business transactions and well-drafted contracts. This is especially true for businesses in heavily regulated industries.

February, 2020 General Counsel Services Help Businesses Set Boundaries

Working with a general counsel attorney, a business owner may be more likely to set specific boundaries and define the scope of certain projects. This may occur in communications with the lawyer. This communication is critical since it compels the business owner to express the actions which must be completed in the project. Because these communications do not occur during an attorney’s billable hours, the business owner may not be inclined to force issues to be completed as quickly as possible. The business owner should be receptive to the customized advice from the general counsel lawyer.

The relationship between a general counsel attorney and a business owner can be different than the relationship a business owner has with a lawyer who is billing by the hour. With general counsel services, a business owner and the attorney have an established relationship and the business owner is more likely to be comfortable enough to trust the legal advice from the attorney. The general counsel attorney can help the business become more efficient through communications when the business owner fully visualizes concepts and projects.

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, 2019 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.