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Counsel-of-Record Services

Simas & Associates, Ltd. can be your business’s legal counsel-of-record. After formation, Simas & Associates, Ltd. can help counsel you, your business, your board of directors, and/or your officers, and ensure that your business continues to grow and achieve its successful future.

The vast majority of these services can be done on an flat fee agreement basis and/or annually.  Please see below for more information:

 

Service

Explanation

Statement of Information and Quarterly Reports

A Statement of Information form includes the corporation's mailing and office address, the name of the CEO, Secretary, and CFO. In addition it includes the names of all the directors of the corporation, the agent for service of process, and a description of the business. 

Registered Agent

A registered agent is a responsible third-party who is registered in the same state in which a business entity was established and who is designated to receive service of process notices, correspondence from the Secretary of State, and other official government notifications, usually tax forms and notice of lawsuits, on behalf of the corporation or LLC. 

"Doing Business As" or "Fictitious Business Name"

A DBA "doing business as" or FBNS "fictitious business name statement" is a declaration to the public that a business intends to use a business name that implies mulitple owners or does not include the full legal name of the owner. It needs to be filed with a local government agency and published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area in which the owners intend to conduct business. 

 

In addition to formation, Simas & Associates, Ltd. can also advise your business on its ongoing business and transactions. Whether that be through Human Resources assistance, statutory training, representation in disputes, dissolution, or stock transfers, our attorneys can be there to guide you through the process or work with you hand-in-hand.  Again, a number of these services can be provided on through a flat fee agreement:

 

Service

Explanation

Business Plan

A business plan is a living document, attempting to plot out the steps you will take to achieve short term and long-term success.  We will work with you to customize a plan that achieves your needs - whether it be attracting third party investors or securing a business lease. 

Business Operations Manual

An operations manual is a guide book to operating your business. The concept is that a complete stranger could pick-up this document and discover how to complete every hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and annual task it takes for your business to succeed.  It is essential for preserving your businesses trade secrets and know-how.  We will work with you to document all that makes your business successful.

Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is an essential tool for communicating expectations of behaviors, performance, and benefits to employees.  It is an essential way to prevent unnecessary liability.  Our law firm will work with you to draft a customized handbook that it is up-to-date with California employment law.

Employee Job Descriptions

Job descriptions are an essential part of hiring and managing your employees. However, they also can be used as evidence either for or against you in later disputes.  Using this service, we can either audit and update our existing job descriptions or draft new ones to ensure that they are up to recommended specifications under California and federal law.

Human Resources Audit

This comprehensive review of human resources
policies, procedures, documentation and systems to will help identify weaknesses, strengths, and compliance issues with ever-changing rules and regulations. It also provides your business with a road map of how to cure what ails your business and how you should prioritize. 

Sexual Harassment Training

California companies with 50 or more employees are required to provide all supervisors two hours of sexual harassment prevention training within six months of hire or promotion, and every two years thereafter.

Corporate Director / Officer Training

Designed for corporate directors and fficers of California corporations and non-profit corporations.  Provides instruction and training on proper corporate governance and guidance concerning common fact patterns involving duties owed by directors and officers to the corporation or shareholders. 

 

So, as your business leaves the gates or hits the final stretch, let Simas & Associates, Ltd. take the lead to ensure nothing trips it up or gets in the way. This will give you a leg up on your competition and peace of mind. Please contact us today for your free initial consultation.