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Business and Corporate Law

Business  & Corporate Law

Our attorneys assist closely-held and family-owned businesses, publicly-held companies, professional firms, manufacturers, international and non-profit organizations.  Our client's businesses, while varied in composition and industry, share a common goal of continued success.  As business attorneys, our role is to help each client achieve this success, regardless of issues that arise in areas such as:

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Corporate Planning
  • Oil and Gas Transactions
  • Employment Issues
  • Entrepreneurial Services
  • Financing
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Selection & Formation of Business Entities
  • Supplier & Customer Issues
  • Taxation

Business & Corporate Law Services

General Counsel

We often serve as general counsel to closely-held businesses.  Owners and managers regularly turn to us to discuss both legal and non-legal issues.  This places us in a unique situation of approaching legal issues not in a vacuum but with strategic emphasis; looking at legal issues, potential solutions and their overall effect on the client's business.  In essence, we become a strategic partner, working with the client to resolve current issues and develop a methodology to avoid future problems.


Entrepreneurial Services

Closely-held business owners are consistently faced with a variety of legal matters, from understanding franchise agreements and the fine print of business leases, to effectively managing payroll and employee benefit plans.

Law firms, including Dyer, Coatney & Schroeder, offer legal expertise to entrepreneurs, but Dyer, Coatney & Schroeder is critically different in one respect- our firm was started and continues to be run by entrepreneurs; attorneys that understand fist hand the challenges and anxieties of running a business.  Entrusting the legal aspects of your business to our team of seasoned attorneys means that you'll be getting advice and expertise from attorneys who have experienced your same issues,

Dyer, Coatney & Schroeder offers a full tier of entrepreneurial services, including:

  • Business Structuring
  • Capital and Financing
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Issues and Benefits
  • Management and Ownership Succession Planning

Mergers & Acquisitions

Dyer, Coatney, & Schroeder is experienced  in guiding companies through mergers and acquisitions, on both sides of such transactions and have worked extensively with our clients involving a wide degree of products and services such as:

  • Structure and close asset and stock acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and consolidations, leveraged buy-outs, partnerships and joint ventures
  • Participate in due diligence review with special emphasis on environmental, tax, product liability, employment and labor, employee benefits, litigation and contract concerns
  • Preparation of letters of intent
  • Assist in financing arrangements
  • Ensure maximum tax and other benefits
  • Preparation of contracts and related documentation

Selection & Formation of Business Entities

Selecting the correct form of business entity can achieve tax efficiencies for your business.  Choosing the correct form of business entity requires not only understanding the different aspects of partnerships, LLC's, corporations and S corporations, but most importantly, your business and your objectives.  Income tax implications, succession planning and buy-sell arrangements are key business factors owners must also take into consideration.

Our attorneys have the necessary knowledge and experience to assist clients in determining exactly how each of these factors may affect them and their business organization, and in blending all of these factors together to reach a conclusion concerning the most appropriate form of business entity.

  • We'll assist in helping you choose the right form to fit your management style, and capital structure, including partnerships, limited liability companies(LLCs) nonprofit corporations, or S corporations
  • Drafting and registering your articles of incorporation or organization
  • Preparing essential governance instruments such as shareholder agreements, operating agreements, bylaws, and buy-sell agreements
  • Advice and documentation for management agreements and employment contracts
  • General counsel services once your business is organized and operating

Business Succession Planning

We work with businesses and their advisors to help develop the right business formation plans and restructuring strategies designed to significantly reduce corporate taxes.  We also help business owners and professionals develop tactical business succession plans that keep the business running successfully after retirement or death.  In addition, we offer sound legal advice and asset protection strategies for avoiding costly business litigation.

Many of our clients are entrepreneurs who have spent a lifetime building their family business The transfer to the next generation of a family business presents a number of tax and non-tax challenges.  We use sophisticated planning vehicles to minimize the tax cost of the transfer.  We also provide advice on corporate planning issues to ensure an orderly transition of ownership and control.

We can help you with business succession planning issues such as:

  • Family succession Planning
  • Exit strategies
  • Transfer of ownership
  • Family estate planning
  • Asset protection
  • Business formation and restructuring

Corporate Planning

Dyer, Coatney & Schroeder represent all forms of business entities.  We provide them with legal and business counseling in their strategic planning, evolving business relationships and day-to-day operations.  This experience has allowed us to develop the skills and depth necessary to represent all of our business clients efficiently in today's competitive market.

We provide the following services:

  • General contract law and entity formations
  • Acquisitions, restructurings and dissolutions
  • Complex issues involving executive compensation, protection of ownership interests, succession planning, financing agreements, securities regulation and intellectual property.


Our franchise lawyers provide legal counsel to franchisors and franchisees on a wide range of franchise legal matters, including initial structuring, organization, and operation of franchised businesses.