Closely Held Business Services

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. has set up affordable services targeted directly for small businesses. Our firm routinely counsels clients on issues relating to business formation, business operations, regulatory compliance, purchases of businesses and business succession. The firm serves as outside general counsel for small-to-mid-sized clients with a need for corporate legal advice but who may not necessarily want to staff a full-time lawyer.

Business Formation
We have expertise in the formation of new business entities including the determination of the appropriate structure for your business and the creation of the corporate documentation.  We help clients prepare necessary documentation, including:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Articles of Organization
  • By-laws and operating agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Corporate minutes and resolutions
  • Stock/Unit certificates
  • IRS “S” Corporation election
  • IRS Tax identification  number application
  • Asset or stock purchase agreements and sale agreements

You may find organizations on the Internet, in magazines or the newspaper that offer these documents at slightly lower rates. However, those organizations are unable to provide you with legal advice and may not fully understand the implications of Iowa law. Our law firm is located in the State of Iowa and we provide these services only in the State of Iowa.

Registered Agent “Plus”
Getting the business created is only the beginning. To maintain the protection and structure that a business entity provides, it is also necessary to maintain records and minutes of company meetings and filing biennial reports with the Iowa Secretary of State. We are able to serve that role as your registered agent “plus” by automatically assisting you with those corporate formalities. Let us know if we can serve that role to allow you to focus on operating the business.

Business Succession
A majority of businesses fail to make it to the next generation for various reasons. Often, it is simply a failure to plan for succession. Our experienced attorneys can assist you with integrating your business succession plan and your estate plan to help ensure that your next generation is able to continue the operations when you are ready to step aside.

Call us today at (515) 244-3500 to find out how we can assist you with these services and give you the peace of mind that a licensed Iowa lawyer has drafted the important documentation for your small business.

Closely Held Business Services Attorneys

Kyle Kruidenier

David J. Hellstern

Louis R. Hockenberg