BUSINESS & CONTRACT

SERVICES

CONTRACT DRAFTING


Contracts are the key to all business relationships. The days of hand-shakes are long gone. Well-written, understandable, and comprehensive agreements are key to establishing obligations and protecting your business. Smith Legal drafts, reviews and negotiates all types of business contracts, such as: employment agreements, non-competes (convenants not-to-compete), confidentiality provisions, non-disparagement terms, letters of intent, service and product agreements, vendor agreements, real estate or product purchases, commercial rental agreements, operating agreements, business formation agreements, investment agreements, and other miscellaneous industry-specific contracts.




BUSINESS LITIGATION


If your business faces any dipute that could require intervention by a court, Smith Legal offers business litigation representation as well as dispute resolution services through mediation. Business litigation should not distract business owners from their primary focus of providing services and generating profit. Good business judgement necessitates retention of an experienced business attorney with a proven track record of navigating business owners through conflicts that may lead to the court room. Smith Legal represents a significant number of businesses currently assisting them in both resolving complicated disputes with competing businesses, client complaints or collection, vendor issues, and other business matters. Smith Legal offers mediation as well as courtroom advocacy for any small to mid-sized business.




NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS


Non-compete agreements, also referred to as covenants not-to-compete or non-competition clauses, present a critically important benefit to businesses that are often overlooked or improperly drafted. A properly drafted non-compete provision protects a company from investing in and training employees only to find those efforts resulting in additional competition when that employee separates from a employment volunarily or involuntarily. A non-compete clause must include appropriate terms on time, georgraphy and activities, which will result in prohibiting former employees from utilizing the trade secrets, business practices and know-how that businesses imparted on the employee. Non-compete agreements not only discourage employee turnover but also include, if properly drafted, terms for non-solicitation, non-disparagement and protection of trade secrets and confidential business information.




MEDIATION


Businesses often need an effective and expeditious method to address and fully resolve disputes. Mediation is the key to achieve the unique and important goals of businesses: to avoid loss and focus on moving forward with generating profit. The entire legal system is ultimately aimed at resolving disputes. Unlike court, mediation allows the parties to determine their own fate in a confidential process, by compromise and agreement. A mediated agreement, once approved, is enforceable by court. The value of resolution, without the costs, stress and uncertainties of litigation, is immeasurable. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that has blossomed and grown for many reasons, but primarily because mediation works. Mediation, unlike arbitration and trial, empowers the parties, not a third party, to make the decision – to decide one’s own fate. Through mediation, parties can talk openly about options for solving the issues, ultimately choosing to settle or not. With mediation suites located in historic SmithHouse, the mediation process takes place in a unique setting where parties can be separated to first and second stories, each with separate restroom facilities, private and comfortable accommodations, Wi-Fi access, free coffee and soft drinks. SmithHouse allows easy access to Noblesville businesses, the Hamilton County Judicial Center and government offices. Dowtown Indianapolis is only 40 minutes.





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