WHAT WE DO

We help you start and grow your business and plan for the future

 

At Banyan Legal Counsel, we are invested in our clients' long-term success. From individuals and startups to nonprofits and multinational corporations, we provide tailored services to meet our clients' needs. We help our clients lay the foundation for their business, build successful business relationships, comply with changing employment laws, develop strategies to optimize their business, take proactive steps to resolve problems and disputes, and reduce the risk for future legal exposure. As a small business ourselves, we have a deep understanding that each business is unique and our support for each client varies to reflect this understanding.

 

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Create a happy, productive workplace to ensure long-term success for your business

 

Whether you need to know if you can lawfully hire someone as an independent contractor, what questions you may ask during the hiring process, whether you are paying your employee fairly and equitably, whether you may include a non-compete provision in your employment agreement, or how to administer paid family leave, we are here to support you and your business by applying our extensive knowledge of employment laws to answer your questions.

 

We help employers design policies and procedures that reflect their company's culture and values and draft contracts and policies that govern the employment relationship and protect the business's valuable assets and information, including:

 

  • hiring and background check policies

  • offer letters and other employment agreements

  • compensation, bonus, and commission plans

  • remote work policies and agreements

  • confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements

  • non-compete and non-solicitation agreements

  • employee policies and handbooks

  • termination and severance agreements

  • independent contractor agreements

 

Our efforts to support our clients are extensive. We support CEOs and HR departments as outside general counsel and help our clients keep up with ever-changing employment laws.

Take proactive steps to resolve a legal problem or dispute

  

Legal issues can get out of control if not handled promptly. As experienced litigators and purposeful, creative problem solvers, we are there for our clients when unexpected problems arise. We have the experience and determination to help business owners work through their toughest challenges:

 

  • investigate workplace complaints or conduct a pay equity audit

  • enforce employment agreements, including confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements

  • respond to or send demand letters and cease and desist letters when there is a breach of contract or other disagreement

  • respond to agency audits and investigations from:

    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission​

    • Department of Labor

    • Internal Revenue Service

    • Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Employment Security Department, and Human Rights Commission

    • Seattle Office of Labor Standards and Office of Civil Rights

    • California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement

  • file theft of trade secrets and non-compete lawsuits

  • defend wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, and wrongful termination actions filed by employees

We work strategically and efficiently to accommodate tight deadlines and dedicate ourselves to advocating for our clients when they need it most.

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Start a new business

 

Starting a business involves thinking about a variety of considerations, including whether to create a legal entity and choosing the right entity type, thinking through and taking steps to address potential disputes between business partners, and what steps need to be taken before hiring your first employee. We are here to help our clients start their new business successfully.

 

We help first-time entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners:

 

  • choose the right entity type

  • think through the terms of their business partnership agreement

  • file the required paperwork with the Secretary of State

  • apply for business licenses (including liquor licenses and other specialty trade licenses), tax IDs, and employer accounts

  • serve as the business's registered agent

  • set up payroll, draft new hire agreements, gather required employee notices, and prepare for new hire reporting

  • put together contracts for customers, vendors, and other third parties

Expand your business

 

Expanding your business is an exciting and rewarding process. Whether you are wondering where to obtain a business loan, what things you should look into before purchasing another business, or how you can expand your business into or hire employees in another state, we support our clients with legal compliance so they can focus on getting their business ready for these next steps.

 

We help business owners expand their operations, grow their workforce, obtain financing, and navigate changes in ownership by helping them:

 

  • put together a business plan

  • obtain a small business or real estate loan

  • negotiate and work with manufacturers and distributors

  • buy or sell a business and its assets

  • expand their business by registering and hiring in additional states, including California and Washington

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