Business and Corporate Planning

Serving Clients in the New York Capital District, Albany County and the Surrounding Area

Running even the simplest business involves complex legal matters, which is why it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer as an advisor. We work with large and small businesses, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies, on a full range of business affairs. We can assist from start-up and formation to succession planning or dissolution and all phases in-between. We draft and execute contracts and all types of agreements, such as partnership agreements or buy-sell agreements. We can advise on proper tax planning, corporate governance issues and mergers and acquisitions. We also work with and advise non-profit and charitable organizations on their governance and tax planning matters.

Business Entities

Regardless of the nature of your business, it’s important that you select the most suitable business entity structure for you. Consulting with an experienced attorney will help ensure the set-up of your business will properly cover the needs of the business – as well as your own needs. Whether you operate as a sole proprietor, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation, we have experience advising clients as to the pros and cons of each type of entity.

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is the set of rules put in place to direct how a business is run. We work side-by-side with businesses and non-profit organizations to help them meet their legal obligations with respect to their boards of directors, officers and shareholders. We also can assist in the development of procedures that will govern the conduct of the employees. Call us to discuss how we can assist in determining the proper corporate governance for your organization.

Commercial Matters

Contracts and agreements are required throughout many aspects of business. We suggest having counsel of an experience business lawyer to provide guidance through the complexities and nuances of these matters. Our experience in business law and commercial matters helps us to provide the assistance you will require. We can draft and review contracts with respect to other businesses, vendors and employees.

We have experience in drafting many types of agreements including, but not limited to, licensing agreements, sale and purchase agreements, joint venture and strategic alliance agreements and employment agreements.

Tax Planning

As a business owner, one wrong decision can have a drastic impact on your bottom line, which is why we recommend having a lawyer experienced in business law and commercial matters advise on such issues. We have worked with individuals and businesses to minimize the tax implications of various business decisions such as large asset and property purchases, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions, among others. We are available to discuss the tax planning approach that will most benefit your business.

Business Succession Planning

Business succession planning is most successful when it is well thought out and planned for far in advance when you expect to need it. We will work with you to determine the best course of action to see that your business thrives after you’ve stepped down from management. Our estate planning and tax planning experience provides us keen insight into the nuances of this area of law. With a proper business succession plan in place, you’ll be able to properly ensure the continuation of your business while at the same time protect you and your family’s future financial situation.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Whether you are looking to combine your company with another, looking to sell your company or looking to purchase another company, mergers and acquisitions are complex and should not be entered into without consulting with a lawyer knowledgeable in such matters. We can answer your questions and anticipate issues that may arise. Our legal experience will come into play as we review proposals and prepare or review the necessary contracts. Before taking any action to buy or sell a company, call us so that we can identify relevant issues and help protect your interests.


At times, it is not always feasible to keep a business running, due to either financial or personal reasons. When this occurs, there are steps that should be taken to correctly disband the business entity. We lead business owners through the business dissolution process and provide the appropriate guidance every step of the way. We can assist in paying off debts and selling assets and ensuring the business has been properly terminated. Every business is unique – we will listen to your specific situation and advise on the best course of action.

Beyond Business and Corporate Planning

At Rowlands, LeBrou & Griesmer, we are able to support you beyond your business and corporate planning matters. From helping with a real estate matter, to defending you in litigation, to protecting your business interests, the strength of our team is the answer to your many legal needs.

When You Are Ready

When you are ready to schedule a consultation regarding business and corporate planning matters, please call or complete the Request a Consultation form.

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