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Every good business strategy has a beginning and an end. Knowing when and how to appropriately pass along your business is just as important as the business formation. Planning the succession of your business has important legal ramifications.

Succession Planning is an important business strategy that involves a significant amount of planning and legal documents. An experienced business law attorney can help avoid disputes among co-owners, partners, and/or family members when it is necessary to transition the ownership of the business.

Business law attorney Mike Watkins can help your succession plans, including:

  • Family Succession Planning
  • Exit Strategies
  • Transfer of Ownership
  • Family Estate Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Formation and Restructuring

Our approach to business succession planning is targeted specifically for the small business owner, including professionals that operate as a sole proprietor such as medical and legal professionals as well as accounts and other small firms. We use intelligent strategies to create a plan specifically for your business and your goals.

Contact us today to schedule a FREE Consultation to learn how our 30 plus years of experience can help you plan the succession of your business. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals.

Leasing commercial property is not as simple and straightforward as it may seem. Many new business owners think the terms of a lease cannot be negotiated and often do not understand the long term impact a commercial can have on the success of the business. Whether you are the lessee or lessor, an experienced business law attorney can help you save time, money and potential disputes by reviewing or creating a lease agreement for you.

Most commercial leases are written by and/or for the protection of the lessor (landlord) not you, the lessee. As with any contract, it often pays dividends to have an experienced business law attorney review any contract, including commercial leases, before signing such an agreement. Commercial leases are far more complex than apartment leases and often have many stipulations. An attorney can help you understand the existing stipulations and offer legal advice and possible changes to the lease agreement.

With more than 30 years of legal experience, business law attorney Mike Watkins can help you with a wide variety of business related matters. Lease agreements are one of the most common types of business documents attorney Mike Watkins creates and/or reviews for small business owners.

Commercial lease agreements can take many different forms, including:

  • Shopping Center Leases
  • Net Leases
  • Land or Ground Leases
  • Triple Net Leases
  • Gross Leases

It is important to fully understand all the stipulations in a a lease agreement. Many new business owners do not fully understand the terms of a lease agreement and later find out they have agreed to additional expenses or automatic lease amount increases by signing the lease agreement.

Contact us today to schedule a FREE Consultation to learn how our 30 years of legal experience can be put to work for you. We can help you protect your interests in a lease agreement.

Business law differs from other law practice areas in that it does not deal with law that apply to individuals but rather business entities, including corporations, partnerships and other business formations. Laws governing business include both State and Federal law and can often be confusing and complicated.

Business Law addresses every aspect of creating, operating, and/or selling a business, including (but not limited to):

With more than 30 years of experience, attorney Mike Watkins is your best source for legal representation in business-related matters in St Charles County. As a small business owner himself, Mike Watkins understands the importance of providing solid, prudent legal services at an affordable rate. Many of our services are provided at a flat rate.

Starting a new business or purchasing an existing business is an exciting time for the new business owner. Forming a business is often confusing and can have far reaching consequences if not done properly.

Starting a business involves a number of legal and financial issues, including:

  • Liability exposure
  • Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Other business formation questions

Understanding the legal and tax implications of various kinds of business formations is critical when starting a business. It is imperative that management, control and decision making issues be outlined clearly to the satisfaction of all.

St Charles County business lawyer Mike Watkins will advise, counsel, and represent you throughout the business formation process. A business may take the form of any of the following:

  • Business Formation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Partnerships
  • S Corporations
  • C Corporations

To learn the advantages and possible disadvantages of each business formation type, contact attorney Mike Watkins to schedule a FREE Consultation and learn how our expertise in business law can help you achieve your goals.

What Our Clients Say About Us...

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with us. You went above and beyond in answering questions asked and some we hadn’t even thought of. Everything you did is very appreciated.


This is to express our sincere gratitude and thank you for all your help in our family situation. We very much appreciate all the time and effort you expended in this marathon, unique case.


I would like to express my appreciation for your legal representation in m recent family law disagreement regarding child support. Your familiarity with my case, knowledge of family law, attention to details, direct communication with me, and frankly, aggressiveness all contributed to a positive and fair outcome for my children and myself.


Thank you so much for a service above and beyond. Your interest and professionalism reflect upon a decent man. In today’s world, people of your kind are a rarity. Stay like you are.


I want to thank you for your time the other day talking about my setting up my business. The best money I ever spent. You were a huge help, and I appreciate it very much. You also showed interest in what I am doing, which is the key to me of you and I having a long-term relationship.



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1031 Peruque Crossing Ct.
Suite B
O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
Phone: 636.625.6448
Fax: 636.625.3721


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