Buying a Business in Ohio
Buying a business can be a worthwhile investment, but whether it is purchased by an individual or another company, the transaction is complicated.
There are specific laws in Ohio and the US that concern negotiations, mergers, acquisitions and securities exchanges. You may need to consider how these laws impact your situation before you buy a business.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
The purchase of a business in Lake 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. 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. Through due diligence, federal and Ohio guidelines are used to inform both parties, and there may be legal consequences for not following these guidelines properly. 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 Ohio. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Lake County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Ohio that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Lake County, an attorney knowledgeable in Ohio law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.