Small Business/Business Start-up

Small Business/Business Start-up

Throughout our history, Ruder Ware has worked with businesses at every stage.

Guiding entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, protecting their intellectual property, and ultimately advising on all facets of running their business, our attorneys have been involved at every important juncture.  We’ve learned that when small businesses invest in legal services early it can prevent complications and allow owners to successfully reinvest in their business as they expand.

Small businesses play such an important role in Wisconsin’s economy.  Working with Ruder Ware, small business owners are able to tap into an attorney team whose background in business is extensive.  A team that can assist with making connections and providing resources, guide you through the issues that keep you up at night, and provide you with the tools to grow your business.

Seasoned business lawyers at Ruder Ware can help you with:

General Counsel

  • Strategic entity selection, conversion, or dissolution
  • Articles of Organization and Incorporation
  • Operating agreements
  • Shareholder and partnership agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Purchase and sale of a business
  • Intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets & software matters)

Financing

  • Due diligence
  • Loan agreements
  • Private placement strategy and counsel
  • Private placement memoranda

Real Estate

  • Buying and selling property
  • Letters of Intent
  • Negotiation and drafting of other real estate agreements (leases. subleases, options to purchase, rights of first refusal, development agreements, easements)
  • Condominium matters

Employment

  • Employment policy and procedure review
  • Employee agreements

Litigation

  • Business ownership disputes
  • Collections
  • Breach of contract
  • Tenancy/real estate disputes

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

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Posted on June 9, 2022 by

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Posted on April 27, 2022 by

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Posted on April 20, 2022 by

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Posted on December 17, 2021 by

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Posted on August 17, 2021 by

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Posted on August 10, 2021 by

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Posted on August 3, 2021 by

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Posted on April 19, 2021 by

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Posted on April 8, 2021 by

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