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Do you need a Document Review?

Mar 20, 2024

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Often, clients or businesses have important legal documents that have not been reviewed in a while. Then, sometimes, the need to understand those documents comes up, and the business cannot answer basic questions about the document. A business lawyer can help a business understand how the document may apply in a given situation.

What are examples of common lease documents that a business may want a lawyer to review?

A lawyer may review many types of documents, but some common documents that Nick Heimlich has been asked to review are:

  • Lease Agreements for commercial tenants
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Purchase Contracts
  • Invoice Terms
  • User Agreements
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Operating Agreements for a limited liability company
  • Shareholder Meeting Agendas, Votes or Resolutions
  • Business Sale Agreements.

What types of situations might trigger the need to review an agreement with a lawyer?

There are many reasons that could trigger a legal review, such as a change in business, a need to downsize or exit contracts or negotiate better terms.  A desire to expand business could also lead to a contract review.  Sometimes, problems with a vendor or customer may lead to a review to improve a contract’s terms.

What if I already signed an agreement, can a lawyer still help me?

Most likely, at the very least, the lawyer can explain how the contract works and its terms so it is understood.  Depending on the contract, the attorney may also advise on how to negotiate changes to the contract or the potential consequences if a party breaches a contract. This is especially important for starting businesses to avoid and limit personal liability.

What if I signed a commercial real estate lease agreement for 5 years and I’m in year 2, but I am losing money, can I get out of the lease?

The answer depends on the lease, but often you can break the lease, but there will be financial consequences.  If you are in this situation and want to navigate this, an attorney is key as they can advise you on steps to try to exit the lease as cleanly as possible.  Sometimes, if a landlord is told about the situation, they may simply let the tenant out without penalty and before the end of the lease term.  Other times, you can negotiate with the landlord to try to pay less than the full term of rent.  Finally, even if all negotiations seem to fail and you must give up the premises, a lawyer can help deal with the negotiation of the lease contract breach.  Generally, landlords have a duty to try to find a new tenant (called a duty to mitigate), so they can’t just sit back and try to collect rent forever from an old tenant or demand it in a lawsuit.  However, if the tenant does not leave the space and provide it to the landlord, then the landlord may claim they couldn’t rent it out due to the tenant’s occupancy.

Why should I hire Nick Heimlich as my attorney for a dispute involving a contract?

Mr. Heimlich has been an attorney since 2004, nearly 20 years, so experience is definitely one reason.  Next, there is also the fact that Mr. Heimlich has litigated many types of contracts and disputes, so he is not afraid of a case becoming a lawsuit.  Mr. Heimlich regularly represents clients either suing for a breach of contract or defending a breach of contract.  Finally, Mr. Heimlich is responsive and works toward helping his clients to resolve their legal disputes in a reasonable way.  Mr. Heimlich knows that there is both a time to fight in court, and sometimes a time to try to work things out.  Sometimes, negotiations even happen after a lawsuit is filed or even right before trial.

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David Duckworth
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I recently received legal advice from Nick and he was very professional and easy to talk to. He gave us great advice and I would definitely use him again if needed. Thank you Nick!
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This was the first time ever needing a lawyer for something, I was a bit frantic and overwhelmed with everything going on, but Nick and his team were very professional and honest, and made me feel at ease about my case. They were even professional and cool with the opposing attorney even though she was being unprofessional at times. In the end, they were able to settle my case and bring me a satisfying outcome. If you're ever in a bind and need a business lawyer, I highly recommend Nick and his team.
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I am an officer at a company that provides B2B Demand Generation services to marketing and sales. Over a number of years, I've worked with Nick Heimlich for legal services. He has advised me well and helped to represent the company in multiple legal disputes including in Court. I am very satisfied with his work and highly recommend him.
Rami Gideoni
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I needed some legal consultation and per recommendation I received, I have approached Nicholas. He got back to me quickly and provided great service, he was patient, professional and knowledgeable. His advise is much appreciated, it cleared the situation, draw the next steps to follow and placed my mind to peace .I would definitely recommend his service.
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Abe Honest
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Mr Heimlich was very professional kind and knowledgeable when I give him a call. I was calling to hire an attorney for an tenant and landlord dispute. I had a particular issue that Mr Heimlich took time to completely listen to me. unfortunately the area I needed help was not an area that Mr Nick practiced. but he was not hesitant to give me some leads and direct me to the right place. he's a man of character and cares about what he does, I can only imagine his level of excellence in his area of expertise. he's a man of great character and I would recommend him for anyone to give him a call and talk to him. thank you very much Nick. thank you for caring .
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Nick was very helpful when I needed assistance dissolving an LLC. Not only did he create the appropriate documentation, but he educated me on the process. His guidance was invaluable, and everything resolved smoothly. I would certainly use his services again in the future.
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My family cannot thank Nick enough. We needed a business litigation attorney for a lawsuit that was going to trial, he not only took the time to understand the complexities of the case but was able to convey that to the judge. He was able to get us amazing results. Hands down the best attorney we have ever worked with.
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