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  • Ronald J. Axelrod, Rochester, NY, Business Lawyer

What Can a Business Attorney in Rochester, NY, Do for You?

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

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Rochester, NY, business attorneys, like Ronald J. Axelrod & Associates, provide legal advice and services to assist with the many aspects of owning a business. Not only do they offer legal advice, but they also help business owners solve problems and seek new opportunities. Business law services include, but are not limited to:

Starting a Business and Business Formation in Rochester, NY

If you are considering starting a business, the structure of your company is extremely important. You’ll need to decide whether to form an LLC, a C, or S Corp, sole proprietorship, or a professional corporation. It’s an important decision since the business entity you choose will have legal, as well as tax implications. The wrong decision can be costly to fix down the road. Therefore, hiring a business attorney is vital when choosing a legal structure for your business.

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Business lawyers create and negotiate many types of contracts, which may be client-specific contracts, including internal employment forms.

  • Client Contracts - Client contracts depend upon the type of business of a particular client. Examples of client contracts are purchase and sale agreements, real estate agreements, leases, and contracts with customers or vendors. Business lawyers can help draft contracts that are tailored to meet the unique needs of your business.

  • Employment Agreements – For your employees, business attorneys can help you decide what types of forms you will need when hiring and what should be included in those forms. A business lawyer will advise you on whether or not to include confidentiality, non-disparagement, non-solicitation provision, or covenants not to compete.

Enforcing Contracts and Breach of Contract Issues

A business attorney can assist you with enforcing contractual issues such as: a customer not abiding by the terms of a commercial contract, employee terminations, leasing contracts, and more. Ronald J. Axelrod & Associates, business attorneys in Rochester, NY, will review these types of contracts and circumstances surrounding them – then guide you through your options which may include negotiation or bringing a lawsuit, if necessary.

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Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Whether your intellectual property represents a product, service, invention, manuscript, or design, if it is the result of creativity to which you own the rights, it’s vital that you protect it. For example, when you trademark your product or service, it will help you create or maintain your brand, and instill confidence in your customers that you have expertise in your industry. It will also assist in bolstering brand recognition, which can be extremely valuable. This will make your company worth more when you go to sell it. A business attorney can assist you with intellectual property protection so that it cannot be copied or stolen, as well as protecting your customer list.

Business Acquisitions, Partnerships, Mergers, and Buy-Outs

A business attorney is able to provide legal services and advice if you are considering buying out one of your competitors, adding a partner to your business, acquiring another company, merging with another business, or dissolving your company. The Rochester, NY, business attorneys at Ronald J. Axelrod & Associates can provide you with the legal services you are going to need and assist you with sound advice throughout the process.

Real Estate and Property Disputes

Does your business own or lease property? A business law attorney can help you protect this valuable asset. Other areas that a business lawyer can assist you with are negotiating sales agreements and commercial leases, dealing with tenants or landlords, and other real estate and property disputes.

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Business Advisory Services

A seasoned Business Attorney can offer general business recommendations on an ongoing basis, assist you with writing a business plan, offer tax advice, discuss business growth strategies, business succession planning, acquisition financing, and much more. Ronald J. Axelrod and his legal team have been advising business owners for over 35 years and will be there for you every step of the way to help make your business a success.

Business Litigation Issues

An experienced business attorney’s focus should be on preventing business litigation by providing sound legal advice and services to help you avoid it. However, if litigation is required, we have a network of litigation attorneys that we work with who will protect your interests.

If you are looking for business law services in the Greater Rochester, NY, area, call Ronald J. Axelrod. Ron is a seasoned, multi-dimensional attorney with a career spanning a wide range of successful businesses – from start-ups to selling and buying a business. Please feel free to call his office at (585) 203-1020, or email him at

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