BUSINESS LAW

We know business.

Starting and maintaining a business takes a lot of work. Blackford Carls is well-versed in the laws governing business, contracts, and commerce. Whether you need help starting your own business or handling an existing dispute, we are up for the challenge.

 

 

 

 

Our long history assisting clients with business law issues includes the following areas:

 

CIVIL LITIGATION

Civil litigation is the process of resolving civil disputes between two or more parties.  Civil matters involve conflicts between people, including legal issues relating to their relationships, like a marriage or a contract dispute. Civil cases involve an individual or business filing a lawsuit against another individual or business, rather than a person versus the government as in a criminal case.

LANDLORD TENANT LAW AND DISPUTES

We work with both landlords and tenants in disputes such as upkeep and repair, non-payment of rent, or potential evictions.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

There is a wide body of law, including federal and state statutes and common law surrounding real estate transactions. We can assist you prior to completing the transaction, and if necessary, when something goes wrong.

Additional Issues we can help you with:

  • Business formation and startup

  • Contracts

  • Business litigation

  • Contract disputes

  • Corporate disputes

  • Dissolution of a business

  • Wrongful termination

  • Fraud

  • Shareholder /partnership disputes

  • Employment disputes

  • Debt collection

BUSINESS FORMATION AND STARTUP

Choosing the type of entity for your business is important.  Whether it is a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation, making the right selection will have legal and financial impacts on your business.  Having an attorney to navigate this process and prepare the right documents for your start-up is an investment every business owner should make. Blackford Carls can assist you with this process.

 

DISSOLUTION OF A BUSINESS

Voluntary and involuntary dissolutions of businesses occur. Depending on the type of entity you own different procedures are required.  We help guide you through the steps of the dissolution, such as filing a certificate of dissolution with the state and formally closing business day-to-day operations.

SHAREHOLDER/PARTNERSHIP DISPUTES

Like a marriage, resolving a business dispute or ending a business relationship can be complicated and stressful.  Determining the value of a business or the assets it owns can be expensive and time consuming.  Litigation can be controversial and distracting when business partners, shareholders, members, and other participants in a company disagree about business choices, asset distributions, and other internal corporate operational and governance issues. Our skilled business litigators can assist you in resolving such conflicts vigorously while preserving the business's sustainability.

CONTRACT LAW

Owning a business comes with the burden of negotiating and entering into contracts.  This may include contracts with vendors, employees, customers, and others.  Making sure those agreements are legal and have the necessary terms to protect you in any future dispute is important.  

PROPERTY LAW

Many businesses own or lease property.  Real estate and landlord tenant law can be complicated to understand and comply with.  Blackford Carls’ attorneys are well-versed in property and contract law to help you navigate this process without the stress and hassle that comes with complex laws, agreements, and paperwork.  

  

LANDLORD TENANT LAW AND DISPUTES

We work with both landlords and tenants in disputes such as upkeep and repair, non-payment of rent, or potential evictions. Montana has specific laws governing the actions of both a landlord and a tenant that must be followed.  This includes things like the type and length of notice either party must give in certain circumstances, and other obligations, like who is responsible for making sure a house is inhabitable.  Knowing your rights under Montana law and your lease agreement are important in resolving disputes.  Blackford Carls’ attorneys are here to help. 

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

There is a wide body of law, including federal and state statutes and common law surrounding real estate transactions. We can assist you prior to completing the transaction, and if necessary, when something goes wrong.  This includes drafting any agreements to formalize the terms of a transaction to ensure you are protected.  If something has already gone wrong, we can step in to enforce the terms of your agreement through the legal process or help negotiate a resolution in your best interests.  Real estate transactions can be complicated.  Let Blackford Carls take the complication out of it.  

WRONGFUL TERMINATION

In Montana, our laws are designed to benefit employees.  Even if you were fired "for cause," you may have a claim for wrongful termination against your former employer if you believe you were fired for an unlawful reason. This can include claims for discrimination, failing to follow the employer’s own policies, or not complying with state or federal laws.  We know pursuing wrongful termination action can be difficult and require complicated legal proceedings.  Blackford Carls P.C. will tackle these issues for you, so you can focus on your future career.

Looking to start a business in Montana or already in business, but have a legal issue you need help solving?
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