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 an usual 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 West Palm Beach 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. Accordingly, the party buying a business will want a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", the financials of the company are disclosed. The process of due diligence uses Federal and Florida guidelines to protect both parties. If these guidelines are not followed, a party may be found in breach of a legal duty. However, due diligence will lead to a better informed decision concerning whether you want to buy the business. Also, it will help the business to transition more smoothly to new ownership.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
The price of a business mostly depends on how much ownership stake is required for control. The value of the business property and the type of business are also important factors. 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 West Palm Beach Attorney Help?
In Florida, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney knowledgeable in Florida law practicing in West Palm Beach can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.