Areas of Practice:

I offer a wide variety of services to business throughout Southern California including:

• Prosecution and defense of copyrights and trademarks
• IP Portfolio Management (Domestic & International)
• Domain name disputes
• Business Purchase/Sale Disputes
• Trade secret misappropriation
• Shareholder/Partnership Disputes
• Unfair Competition
• Breach of Fiduciary Duty
• Business Transaction Disputes
• Business Fraud
• Breach of Contract

Business Law

Every small and medium-sized California business owner must have a general understanding of the legal aspects involved in running an enterprise, particularly the rules and regulations in any country or state in which he or she plans to do business. Some items to consider prior to conducting business include ensuring all proper licenses and paperwork are in place and paid on time as well as understanding the rights and obligations under various business contracts including leases, employment agreements, and vendor contracts, to name a few. For this reason, it is prudent to hire a knowledgeable California business attorney to guide you through this process.

Factors to Consider

One of the most fundamental characteristics that will help a business owner succeed is his or her general understanding of the law. While there are several other factors that should be looked at regarding a California business, below are six basic concepts to consider:

  • What is needed in a business contract/agreement? The main purpose of a contract is to be able to enforce a promise or set of promises through the law. In order to be valid, all contracts must have an offer, an acceptance of the terms of that offer and an exchange of consideration;
  • What is intellectual property (IP)? IP is any idea that a person comes up with to develop products and/or services to be offered in the market. This includes business ideas, services, inventions, trade names, products and trademarks. Businesses must ensure their IP is protected from theft or infringement by third parties;
  • What is product liability? When a business is sued by a customer for a defective product that caused loss or harm to the customer, this is known as product liability. Theories of recovery under this area of the law include contract and tort, commonly involving negligence or strict liability for the company;
  • What is a negotiable instrument? Commonly referred to as commercial paper, these are a replacement form of payment instead of actual money. Basically, it is an order to agree to pay a certain amount of money for a particular transaction. The different types of negotiable instruments include promissory notes, certificates of deposit, drafts and checks;
  • What is a purchase/sale contract? These agreements generally involve the sale of goods through the transfer of ownership of tangible property in lieu of money, services or other goods. Basic terms in a purchase/sale contract should include price and its terms, how the terms of the contract will be performed and the time limit for performance, and how the products will be delivered;
  • Are small business partners personally liable? This depends on the type of business entity that is formed as some provide more protection than others. In a partnership, all partners assume personal liability. This is not the case, except under special circumstances, in corporations and limited liability companies.

If you run a California business or are thinking of buying or selling one, you will likely need legal advice about various transactions and resulting issues in order to minimize or avoid expensive disputes. Mr. Bassiri offers knowledgeable and experienced legal guidance, at an affordable price, for small and medium sized California business owners. He represents clients in multiple cities across Southern California including Riverside, Irvine, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. Call (949) 222-0209 or Toll Free (888) 530-2001 today to schedule your initial consultation.

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