Business Entity Formation and Maintenance
We assist with the choice and formation of entities and ownership relationships for clients while seeking to limit the personal liability of the owners for third party claims. Ownership relationship agreements address issues of control and succession within the business, such as shareholder “buy-sell” agreements and limited liability company operating agreements. We also assist clients with the ongoing maintenance of these entities, preparing corporate minutes, consents and other necessary entity actions including dissolutions.
Purchase & Sale of Businesses
We advise clients concerning the myriad of issues related to the purchase or sale of assets or equity of businesses, including manufacturing, professional, retail, distributorship and franchised businesses. Mr. Krassenstein has successfully represented many business buyers and sellers through the entire purchase/sale process, including the initial non-disclosure agreement, letter of intent negotiations and execution, due diligence, financing, closing and post-closing issues on asset purchase and equity purchase agreements.
We prepare Franchise Disclosure Documents on behalf of franchisor clients to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s “Franchise Rule.” In addition, we review and negotiate franchise agreements and provide advice to clients who are evaluating a franchise or licensing opportunity. Finally, we advise many existing franchisees on the purchase of new or exisiting additional franchise unit.
Business Document Drafting and Review
We draft, review and negotiate business and commercial contracts of all types, including commercial and office leases, financing agreements, employment, independent contractor and consulting agreements, product sales agreements, licensing agreements, distributorship agreements, sales representative agreements and the like.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
We represent clients in prosecuting, defending and resolving civil, commercial and financial disputes, in a variety of forums including mediation, arbitration and federal and state civil litigation. Mr. Krassenstein is a former federal law clerk.
Trademarks and Licensing
We represent clients in connection with obtaining, maintaining, and licensing federal trademarks and other intellectual property.
We have significant experience guiding estates through probate with a minimum of expense to the estate. In our probate administration work, not only do we ensure the orderly distribution of an estate, but we also obtain appraisals on decedent's assets, pay the last expenses of the estate and ensure that necessary taxes are paid prior to distribution to heirs.
Executive Separation Agreements
We represent both employers and executives and professionals in negotiating & strategizing on the terms and conditions of both amicable and hostile separations of employment and also, on offers of employment. We also assist both employers and employees with interpretation of and enforcement issues related to restrictive covenants, including non-compete, confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions.
We represent businesses and individuals in buying and selling real estate, drafting, negotiating and enforcing commercial retail, industrial and office leases, residential leases and oil and gas leases.Mr. Krassenstein has served as the Chairman of the Zoning Hearing Board for the Borough of Bradford Woods.
Mr. Krassenstein has served as the Chairman of the Zoning Hearing Board for the Borough of Bradford Woods. He has represented businesses and residents in a variety of zoning issues in Allegheny County, Butler County and the surrounding areas.