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 Sarasota County 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. To balance the positives and negatives, the party buying a business must get a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a buyer gains this understanding. Federal and Florida guidelines define the process of due diligence, and sometimes legal consequences arise when these procedures are not followed properly. However, the best informed decision about whether to buy the business can only be obtained through obedience to the due diligence process. Added benefits also include a smoother transition once the business is purchased.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
How much the right of control will cost depends on how much ownership stake is required. The value of the property of the business may add to the price as well. 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 Sarasota County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Florida that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Sarasota County, an attorney knowledgeable in Florida law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to purchase control.