A LAWYER FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
As an attorney and a small business owner, I know the importance of quality, cost effective advice for navigating the risks that can damage your business. As a licensed risk manager, I understand the importance of organization, planning and strategy to address, and often avoid, those issues in day to day business that invariably will arise. When you retain Bass Law Group, you receive personal access to the firm’s founding attorney, Sheron Alves Bass. When you contact us, there’s no delay or run around – you speak with me, personally. My goal with each of my clients is to build a relationship, learn about their needs and offer tailored information to help them better understand their options and choose the solution that is best for their business.
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Services
Whether the business you’re starting is a for-profit or a non-profit, there are any number of regulatory and legal pitfalls you’ll need to avoid. Beginning with its initial organization, Bass Law Group will help you select the appropriate structure for your business to minimize your legal risks. Additionally, we’ll guide you in navigating the complex maze of business filings and notices to help you avoid penalties.
Once we have set up your business in the format that’s right for you, it’s important to regularly review the legal risks that expose your business to loss. This process of identifying and managing legal pitfalls is called “risk management”. Using my experience as a risk manager, I can not only help you identify those risks, but offer solutions in advance on how best to avoid them to protect the profitability and efficiency of your business.
In any business, in order to succeed, from time to time you’re going to need advice. There will be both opportunities and challenges that require careful, thoughtful, and thorough attention. Whether the issue involves the sale of business assets or a lawsuit that threatens to destroy what you’ve built, Bass Law Group has the experience to help you navigate any challenge.
When the time comes to close, sell or transfer your business, Bass Law Group is available to assist with the negotiations, contracts and closings that are part of the wind down or transfer of your interest in your business. We’re experienced in making certain the appropriate notices are given and filings are made to minimize your liability after business operations have ceased or have been transfer.
Legacy Protection and Life Care Planning
Don’t leave your loved ones in legal limbo when you’re gone. Failure to leave a Last Will and Testamentmeants the State of Florida will decide how you assets are distributed. Under Florida law, if you die without a Will, your estate will be distributed to your next of kin in a very specific order which is determined by who survives you, which could be your spouse or your third cousin, twice removed. Without a will, your estate could even be taken by the state!
Probate is the process that implements the estate plan you created while you were alive. In the State of Florida, if you pass away owning assets that are titled solely in your name, those assets must be re-titled into the name of someone who is still living so that ownership can continue. The probate process is the means by which those assets are re-titled. Probate is better avoided through quality estate planning, but we can help you navigate the probate process if necessary and help your heirs avoid it in the first place.
Legacy protection is something that you should be planning your whole life. It may involve some aspects of what is called “elder law”, but the legal tools available in this planning process can benefit you and your loved ones well before you’re gone. People engage in legacy planning for a variety of reasons: perhaps you or your spouse has received a medical diagnosis that threatens to reduce your assets significantly, you want to provide for someone that has special medical needs or issues with finances or substance abuse, you want to make sure your grandchildren can enjoy a better quality of life with your financial assistance, or you have a special organization or cause you want to help through your legacy. Depending on your particular challenge or goal, Bass Law Group can help you explore which options will best suit your individual circumstances.
Life care planning involves deciding who will make financial, legal or healthcare decisions for you when you can no longer make those decisions yourself. By implementing a durable power of attorney, which allows another person to make legal and financial decisions for you, and a healthcare surrogate designation, which allows another person to make your medical decisions for you, you and your family are protected from the uncertainty of the guardianship process in which the Court system appoints someone to manage your healthcare, legal and financial affairs. Not only are guardianships expensive, but you have no control over who will be appointed to take care of your needs. Make the decisions that are best for yourself and your family before the state decides for you!