Attorneys Provide Skillful Counsel on California Small Business Law      

Oakland business lawyers give startups and entrepreneurs effective assistance

In California and throughout the country, small businesses are the backbone of economy, but legal challenges can block their path to success.  upright. At Bay Oak Law, we understand the difficulties that entrepreneurs face launching a new business and that small business owners experience as they try to run and grow their operations. We know that you need trustworthy legal advice and capable representation whenever disputes arise. Unfortunately, many large law firms don’t give smaller ventures the attention they deserve. That’s why we are determined to combine big-firm resources with the personalized attention you can only get at a smaller practice. Our attorneys focus on small business clients and strive to meet their specific legal needs.

Small business entities in California

What qualifies as a small business under California law? The answer depends on which part of the state code you’re reading. Different state sources define “small business” in the following ways:

  • Government Code — An independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, 100 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less.
  • Health and Safety Code — Under Section 40503 of this code, a small business has no more than 10 employees and gross receipts of $500,000 or less. 
  • Streets and Highways Code — In a section related to a specific freeway reconstruction project, a for-profit enterprise can qualify as a small business as long its net worth does not exceed $6 million and its after-tax profits do not exceed $4 million.

With so many variations regarding qualification as a small business under California law, it is necessary to have an attorney who practices primarily in the area of small business law to explain the standard that applies in your situation.

Our law firm focuses on businesses with 50 employees or fewer. This concentration means that we better understand how the law treats small businesses than attorneys who generally cater to large conglomerates. We advise on full range of legal concerns, including assistance with the choice of one of the following legal entities available under California law:

  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Sole proprietorship
  • General partnership
  • Limited partnership
  • Limited liability partnership
  • Corporation

Whatever entity you select for your small business, our attorneys are ready to advance your goals with insightful counsel and skillful representation.

Capable management of small business disputes

Generally, wars of attrition don’t serve the interests of small business clients. Although we are seasoned trial attorneys, we look for creative solutions that uphold your rights without holding up your operations. Whether you are engaged in a dispute over contract performance, internal matters, trade secret infringement or something else, you can trust our firm to pursue your best interests. That usually involves a negotiated or mediated solution that lets your company get back to work.

Contact our California law firm for small business representation

Bay Oak Law in Oakland is an established business litigation law firm that focuses on serving startups and small businesses. We provide reliable legal advice and highly professional litigation representation. Contact us online or call 510-208-5500 to schedule a free consultation.