Buying a Business in Florida
Buying a business can be an advantageous investment for both individuals and companies. However, the transaction is much more complicated than a normal purchase.
Federal and Florida law concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange sometimes come into play during the purchase of a business
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
A buyer of a business in Lakeland gains a right called "control", which is the right to direct the business operations as they see fit. Control involves ownership of the business assets and customers, along with the company's debts. In order to protect the interests of all parties, there must be an accurate and complete picture of the financial position of the business. This picture of the company's financials is gained through a process known as "due diligence". Federal and Florida guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not following these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. Following the process of due diligence dutifully is the best way to inform oneself for whether to buy a business. Also if the business is eventually bought, transfers of ownership happen much more easily once the process is followed.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
The price of a business depends on the value of the ownership stake that is necessary to exert control, and this in turn is decided somewhat by the value of the business property and the type of business. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in Florida. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Lakeland Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Florida that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Lakeland, an attorney knowledgeable in Florida law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.