We represent numerous family-owned businesses. We recognize the need to provide legal advice that furthers the strategic objectives of the company while simultaneously accommodating the personnel, familial, and estate planning goals of the company's owners. Our toolkit includes the tools of the business organizational advisor (deep familiarity with the alternative legal frameworks for organizing an enterprise, including corporations and limited liability companies) and of the estate planner (knowledge of the means by which ownership and management succession can be effected, which includes trust law and may include mergers and acquisitions, and the tax consequences of each succession alternative).
The key challenge in representing a family business law is to structure an environment in which family goals and interests and the company's goals are mutually reinforcing. This requires empathy and creativity, particularly the ability to translate essentially non-legal concepts such as stewardship into legal script, all in a tax-efficient manner.
If you are part of a family-owned business and need legal representation, give us a call at 253.858.5434 to see how we can be of service. We represent clients throughout Washington and Idaho and are available to meet in person, by phone, or via Skype or FaceTime.