Running a business means making decisions that have impacts in the future. At Forge Legal we are specialists in all areas of business law and can assist you with all business law matters.
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How our business lawyers can help
Starting or Finishing a Business
From business structures to succession planning our business lawyers can help you in all aspects of starting or finishing a business.
Choosing the right business structure to suit the needs of your business or commercial enterprise is extremely important.
Buying or Selling a Business
Buying or selling a business is one of the biggest life decisions you can make. Our expert business lawyers will guide you through it all.
Our business lawyers will help you understand what you can get out of a partnership so it positively impacts your business.
It is important to seek legal advice for any drafting, reviewing, disputing or negotiating of contracts to ensure your best interests are kept.
From drafting leases to resolving disputes our business lawyers are experts in commercial lease agreements.
Unfortunately business disputes do arise. Protecting your business is of utmost importance and we are committed to ensuring the integrity of your business remains untouched.
Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience in advising and advocating on behalf of parties in a broad range of commercial disputes.
Business matters sometimes result in litigation. Our lawyers’ top priority is fighting for your bests interests in the event of facing the court.
We are experienced in providing advice and representation in debt recovery proceedings across a broad range of industries.
Frequently asked questions
Setting a date to officially close your business. Planning ahead is crucial for a successful closure of busines, so by setting a closure date, you can let your employees, suppliers and customers know as early as possible.
Considering your employees. If you are thinking of closing your business, you must notify your employees and finalise their employment before your business closes. You will be responsible for paying your employees’ entitlements such as any outstanding wages or accumulated leave.
Informing your customers and suppliers. You must inform your suppliers that you will no longer need their services from the closing date, as well as paying them any outstanding amounts. You should also inform your customers by posting a notice on your shop front, your business’ website or let them know in person. You could also hold a closing down sale to sell off your stock.
Ending your lease agreement if your business has one. Depending on the conditions of your lease, you may still have to pay rent until the terms of the lease end.
Selling your assets and paying outstanding bills. Business assets include outstanding stock, tools, equipment, machinery, property and premises, furniture, patents or trademarks, licenses, etc.
Settling your tax and legal responsibilities. When you close a business, you should consider if Capital Gains Tax (CGT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST) apply. You may need to include CGT or GST in the price of your business’ assets that you sell. You may also need to assess insurance requirements, lodge final tax returns, cancel other tax registrations or cancel your business name.
Keeping records. Even once you have closed your business, you should keep your business records, which includes financial records and customer and employee records. Generally, you must keep these records for a minimum of five years.
Our award-winning lawyers
Hayley delivers expert legal advice across all areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates, also providing advice in many areas of Property Law, Civil Disputes and Criminal Law.
Tracey is direct and strategic but compassionate. Tracey goes the extra mile and genuinely takes each of her matters to heart, treating them as if she were representing her own family.
Cameron is a passionate family lawyer and gets great satisfaction from assisting his clients through and after separation. He also practices in domestic violence, criminal and traffic law.
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