Business Law

Virginia Business Law Attorneys

Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and larger corporations alike work with attorneys to handle litigation and ensure compliance with local rules and regulations. From how you structure and manage your company to how efficiently you resolve intellectual property issues, everything contributes to your long-term success. 

With so many statutes and codes to keep up with, it can be difficult to run a business — that’s where the business attorneys at J.S. Burton come in. Whether you need assistance with starting your business, understanding tax laws, handling succession, or litigating a dispute, we can help you. We opened our doors in 2005 and have been serving business owners and entrepreneurs ever since. 

To schedule a consultation with our Virginia business lawyers, call us at (888) 885-9001 or send us your availability via our contact form.

Business Law Representation

It’s getting more expensive to run a business. Costs and taxes are going up, wages are increasing, and claims are rising. Working with an attorney can pave the way for the future of your business and help protect your assets and financial security. For example, they can help you restructure, or transfer stocks to new shareholders. 

Business lawyers can also advise you on the federal and state laws that regulate corporate transactions and govern the workplace. They can help you maintain compliance with local labor laws. In a state like Virginia, these statutes change from year to year, so it’s important to have a strong relationship with an attorney who can bring you up to speed on the latest updates. 

Common business law services include: 

  • Creating business and corporate entities 
  • Developing tax strategies
  • Drafting contracts and business agreements
  • Drafting business trusts and buy-sell agreements
  • Handling corporate property and shareholder transactions
  • Litigating and resolving disputes
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Succession planning

Business Law Offices in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, & McLean

At J.S. Burton, we are committed to helping our clients find cost-efficient solutions to their business issues. Our many years of experience have taught us the ins and outs of business law. Whether you’re just getting started or already have hundreds of employees, we invite you to contact us today to find out how we can contribute to your success. 

If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner in Virginia and need help with a legal matter, send us a message or call (888) 885-9001 today.

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    • What is the difference between a joint venture and a partnership?

      Joint ventures and partnerships share certain characteristics. A joint venture is a sort of partnership where two or more entities join together for a particular "short term" purpose. In both partnerships and joint ventures, each partner has equal ability to legally bind the entire entity. A partner can represent the entire organization in the normal course of business and his or her legal actions on behalf of the joint venture or partnership create legal obligations.

      Though the powers of individual partners in a partnership or joint venture can be limited by agreement, such agreements do not bind third parties. Because business contacts outside of the partnership may have no knowledge of the limitations, they may be entitled to rely on the apparent authority of an individual partner as determined by the usual course of dealing or customs in the trade.

    • What does it mean to “pierce the corporate veil?”

      Sometimes, courts will allow plaintiffs and creditors to receive compensation from corporate officers, directors, or shareholders for damages rather than limiting recovery to corporate assets. This procedure bypasses the usual corporate immunity for organizational wrongdoing, and may be imposed in a variety of situations. The specific criteria for piercing the corporate veil vary somewhat from state to state and may include the following:

      • Courts may not allow owners to benefit from a corporation’s limited liability if the underlying business is indistinguishable from its owners.
      • If a corporation is formed for fraudulent purposes.
      • Courts may impose liability on the individuals controlling the business if a business fails to follow certain corporate formalities in areas such as record-keeping.
    • What is the difference between a subchapter C and S corporation?

      The Internal Revenue Code allows for two different levels of corporate tax treatment. Subchapters C and S of the Code define the rules for applying corporate taxes.

      Subchapter C corporations include most large, publicly-held businesses. These corporations face double taxation on their profits if they pay dividends: C corporations file their own tax returns and pay taxes on profits before paying dividends to shareholders, which are subsequently taxed on the shareholders' individual returns.

      Subchapter S corporations meet certain requirements that allow the business to insulate shareholders from corporate debts but avoid the double taxation imposed by subchapter C. In order to qualify for subchapter S treatment, corporations must meet the following criteria:

      • Must be domestic
      • Must not be affiliated with a larger corporate group
      • Must have no more than one hundred shareholders
      • Must have only one class of stock
      • Must not have any corporate or partnership shareholders
      • Must not have any nonresident alien shareholders.

      Additionally, after a business is incorporated, all shareholders must agree to subchapter S treatment prior to electing that option with the Internal Revenue Service.

    • What factors should be considered in choosing the type of business form for my business?
      Although there are many important things to think about when choosing a business form, some of the main considerations include your preference of tax treatment, how you intend to capitalize the business, whether you plan to issue stock and trade it publicly, how you intend to structure the management of your business, and issues surrounding the liability of the business owners, among other things. It is very important to plan your business and to work closely with someone who can help you choose the business form that will meet your needs.