Buying a Business in Indiana
Investing in a business can be advantageous for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
Specific regulations concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations or securities exchanges may be implicated when you buy a business. These areas are all governed by Federal and Indiana law.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
The purchase of a business in Elkhart County is actually the buying of a right called "control". With this right, a party can direct business operations as it sees fit, it acquires ownership of business assets, and it assumes liability for all business 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. Federal and Indiana guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not following these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. However, obedience to the process of due diligence leads to a better informed decision about buying the business. And afterwards, it may also help the ownership transfer to go more smoothly.
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 Indiana. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Elkhart County Attorney Help?
In Indiana, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney knowledgeable in Indiana law practicing in Elkhart County can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.