Buying a Business in Washington
The investing in a business can be the quickest route to a great return. Individuals and companies looking to buy businesses should be aware of the complications that can arise, 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 Washington law.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
The purchase of a business in Pierce 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. A complete picture of the financial position of the business is important for the buyer to make his decision. This picture is gained through a process called "due diligence". Federal and Washington 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?
How much a business will cost depends on the type of business, how much ownership stake you need to assert control, and the value of the business property. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in Washington. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Pierce County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Washington that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Pierce County, an attorney knowledgeable in Washington law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.