Business Law & Services
FGHW provides comprehensive legal services to entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, and large corporations. Whether you need assistance with business formation, contracts, transactions, or dispute resolution, our attorneys have the expertise to help you navigate complex legal issues and achieve your business goals.
Our lawyers take the time to understand your business and your objectives to tailor solutions that make business sense. We offer a wide range of business and corporate legal services to address the diverse needs of our clients, including entity formation and governance, B2B contracts, risk management, sweepstakes and promotions, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, as well as mergers and acquisitions. In addition, we routinely advise our clients on intellectual property issues, including trademark registration and protection.
Trademark Attorney of Record
FGHW will assist you with trademark prosecution, from application to registration. Once a trademark has been registered with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, we offer our services as Attorney of Record to continuously monitor the progress of each mark and communicate with the USPTO on your behalf as needed. In addition to tracking each mark internally, we utilize a docketing service connected to the USPTO’s online database. This service provides us with regular updates on your marks, including renewal notifications and alerts in the event any of your marks are mentioned in third party USPTO office actions.
FGHW charges an annual flat fee of $250 per mark for the first three registered trademarks, with a reduced fee for any registered mark after that, for our ongoing attorney of record services, including the docketing and tracking of each mark. Please contact us for more information.
Corporate Transparency Act Compliance Services
The Corporate Transparency Act takes effect on January 1, 2024. This legislation is designed to prevent and combat money laundering, terrorist financing via shell companies, corruption, tax fraud, and other criminal activity. The legislation also created a new bureau under the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). FinCEN will create a non-public database of companies and beneficial owners of those companies which will be accessible only to those in government and law enforcement with appropriate clearance.
FinCEN will require businesses and individuals to submit certain reports beginning on January 1, 2024. Reporting violations can lead to civil penalties of up to $10,000 and/or fines and imprisonment for up to two years, or both.
Companies formed prior to January 1, 2024 have one year to submit the required information, while companies formed after that date will have only 30 days to prepare and submit the required information. Further, should that information change, an update must be submitted to FinCEN within 30 days.
FGHW can assist in determining if you are required to comply with the CTA, and if so, how to register. Please contact us to learn more about CTA compliance and your business.
Registered Agent Services
If you are a Texas entity or a foreign entity registered to do business in the State of Texas, the Texas Business Organizations Code requires your business to maintain a Registered Agent and office in Texas.
A Registered Agent is an agent of the entity on whom may be served any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the entity. The registered agent’s office must be a physical location and open during standard business hours. PO boxes are not permitted. FGHW can serve as your registered agent for an annual fee of $125. Please contact us for more information.
Where do you turn when the ‘chips’ are down? For my business and family, it has always been one firm – Chis Elam at Farrow-Gillespie Heath Wilmoth. From employment law, to business start-ups, partnerships and dissolutions, he has always been in our corner. Representing us with great counsel and aplomb. We have been fortunate to have access to such razor sharp legal guidance. But above all, if I had one word to describe Chris (and all of our experiences with FGHW), it would be integrity.
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