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Are you a startup founder or business owner seeking reliable legal guidance to navigate the complex world of Startup Law?

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When running a business, navigating the legal landscape can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with protecting your intellectual property, drafting contracts & agreements, or securing funding from investors.

A business startup lawyer can help you safeguard your legal interests and help you make informed decisions, whether you’re a tech entrepreneur or a small business owner. But finding the right startup lawyer to provide tailored advice for your unique needs can feel overwhelming.

That’s where B&T Legal comes in.

B&T Legal is a Denver-based boutique law firm with extensive experience in business laws related to startups. They are a small team of dedicated attorneys has worked with diverse clients, from early-stage startups to NASDAQ 100 tech corporations, providing personalized legal solutions that cater to each client’s specific requirements.

With their deep understanding of the startup ecosystem and a commitment to fostering long-term partnerships, B&T Legal is well-equipped to guide you through every stage of your business’s growth.

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Don’t let the fear of making the wrong legal decisions hold you back from achieving your startup’s goals.

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By partnering with B&T Legal, you gain access to seasoned business startup lawyers who are dedicated to your success.

They take the time to understand your unique needs and goals, providing personalized attention and strategic advice to help you navigate the legal complexities of the startup world with confidence.

Whether you’re seeking guidance on raising capital, working on an acquisition, or ensuring compliance with industry regulations, they have the knowledge and experience to help you make informed decisions and protect your business’s interests.

Contact B&T Legal today to schedule an online consultation and take the first step towards securing your business’s legal foundation.

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Getting Your Startup Off the Ground?
We Guide You Through the Key Steps


Launching a startup is an exciting journey, but the legal aspect can be daunting. We break the process into clear stages to make it more manageable.

Startup Development

In the initial stage, when you are formalizing your business idea, we help with critical foundations like:

Startup
Launch

As you build your minimum viable product and prepare for rollout, we ensure key legal needs are covered:

Startup Legal Services Provided

When starting a business, founders and partners must agree regarding vision, values, responsibilities, and equity ownership. Early on, misalignments can hamper decision-making, spark conflicts, and even tank the startup.

We help founders and partners proactively get aligned and document agreements around:

  • Shared mission, vision, values
  • Division of roles, responsibilities, and work ownership
  • Decision-making and conflict-resolution processes
  • Equity split breakdown and vesting schedules
  • Future funding, exit strategy, leadership additions

By facilitating open conversations and drafting agreements upfront, we aim to set up founders for forward momentum, accountable relationships, and startup success. This prevents avoidable disputes down the road as the business grows and changes.

When starting a business, founders must choose and formally create the correct legal structure or entity—an LLC, corporation, partnership, or hybrid. This establishes limited liability protections, tax implications, ownership parameters, and more.

We help clients:

  • Assess the pros and cons of LLCs, S-corps, C-corps, and alternatives for their specific situation
  • File formation documents that align with their state jurisdiction
  • Handle required registrations like taxes, licenses, and permits
  • Outline entity operating rules and governance in an Operating Agreement
  • Account for future developments like adding investors or new partners

Making key structural and governance decisions upfront results in greater founder protections, optimized fundraising potential, and prevented Operating Agreement disputes down the road as the company scales. 

We enable you to incorporate and organize for success from day one.

Once an entity is formed, ongoing compliance filings and document upkeep are needed to maintain proper corporate status, legal protections, and eligibility for funding. This includes formal resolutions, share issuances, director appointments, amendments, and more.

We help startups:

  • Know exactly which documents must be filed at major funding rounds
  • File the correct forms and resolutions to enact major corporate changes
  • Maintain thorough records of share ownership and capitalization tables
  • Handle all appropriate filings and documentation for annual meetings
  • Remain compliant with state and federal corporate laws

By overseeing the full spectrum of continuing filings and documentation, we enable startups to keep accurate records, prevent lapses in compliance, execute growth milestones smoothly, and substantiate company progress for future investors. 

This gives founders peace of mind and flexibility to focus on business growth.

As startups scale, it’s essential to establish company-wide policies, documented processes, governance frameworks, and compliance controls.

Lacking these opens the door to inconsistencies, legal issues, and founders losing directional control.

We help founders:

  • Audit business workflows to identify policy gaps
  • Create HR policies like employment contracts, equity incentives, IP ownership
  • Formalize processes for financial tracking, document controls, and auditing
  • Establish boards, committees, and officer positions to maintain organizational integrity
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance across operations and jurisdictions

Instituting foundational policies, procedures, and governance systems enables startups to promote consistency, reduce risk, improve access to financing, and support future rapid growth.

We empower founders to implement scalable frameworks tailored to their strategic vision early on.

Many startups require special licensing, permits, and regulatory approvals to operate legally within their jurisdictions and industries. Overlooking these obligations can put key activities on shaky legal ground.

We assist startups to:

  • Identify all necessary permits, licenses, and regulatory obligations
  • Compile and submit accurate applications promptly
  • Liaise with regulatory bodies during review and inspection processes
  • Ensure ongoing compliance through appropriate policies and processes

Securing the right upfront licensing prevents work stoppages or fines down the road.

We enable startups to establish compliant operations early so founders can confidently move forward with regulated activities like manufacturing, retail, professional services, and more without legal risk or delays hampering progress.

Safeguarding innovations and IP is vital for startups to achieve competitive advantage and maximize value. Without protections, others can easily copy unique products, services, and proprietary processes.

We help startups:

  • Identify confidential trade secrets to establish access controls
  • Assess the patentability of inventions and file strong applications
  • Register trademarks and copyrights covering distinguishable IP assets
  • Institute policies and agreements formalizing IP ownership
  • Develop an overall strategy balancing protection costs with the pursuit of infringers

By obtaining key patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secret protection early on, we empower startups to progress R&D securely, enter new markets, and attract investors with decreased risk of IP loss, siphoning away competitive edge or enabling knock-offs.

We assist startups to:

  • Identify all necessary permits, licenses, and regulatory obligations
  • Compile and submit accurate applications promptly
  • Liaise with regulatory bodies during review and inspection processes
  • Ensure ongoing compliance through appropriate policies and processes

Securing the right upfront licensing prevents work stoppages or fines down the road.

We enable startups to establish compliant operations early so founders can confidently move forward with regulated activities like manufacturing, retail, professional services, and more without legal risk or delays hampering progress.

Raising startup funding involves negotiating and executing many complex legal contracts with investors. Failing to capture the right deal terms can hamper financial returns or cost founders ownership and control.

We help founders:

  • Analyze business projections to set fundraising goals and terms
  • Structure agreements balancing control, liquidation preferences, and other investor rights
  • Navigate disclosures, representations, and warranties investors will rely on
  • Establish investor vesting schedules, redemption plans, and next-round commitments
  • Ensure definitive agreements align with previously marketed deal terms

With intricate legal and financial interests at play, we bring startup fundraising deals across the finish line while optimizing structure for founders’ long-term governance and growth goals long-term. Our execution helps startups raise capital without relinquishing more equity or control than necessary.

Startups often leverage independent contractors for specialized skills and flexible capacity. Business-contractor relationships can expose startups to tax liabilities, IP disputes, compliance risks, and other headaches without clear contractual terms.

We help founders:

  • Classify workers appropriately as contractors vs employees
  • Draft customized agreements covering scope, payment terms, and obligations
  • Institute policies to own IP created, maintain confidentiality
  • Reduce tax, benefit plan, and discrimination liability exposure
  • Build protective termination and assignment provisions

By proactively structuring agreements tailored to unique startup needs, we empower early-stage businesses to efficiently tap specialized talent without undermining progress later on due to preventable independent contractor issues.

Safeguarding confidential information and competitive advantage is imperative for startups exploring partnerships, hiring contractors, and funding.

Without sufficient protections, sensitive data or know-how can leak – enabling competitors or exposing legal liability.

We help startups:

  • Institute NDAs with contractors, partners, and staff with any insider access
  • Structure non-competes focusing only on legitimately protectable interests
  • Implement controls policies securing proprietary data access and storage
  • Enforce agreements if breaches occur while avoiding overreach

Crafting tailored NDAs and non-competes enables startups to collaborate securely, hire needed talent, and raise capital without undercutting their ensuing success through preventable data loss to unauthorized parties.

Navigating complex regulatory frameworks is challenging for early-stage companies with limited resources. Still, lacking appropriate licensures, approvals, and ongoing legal compliance can derail promising startups.

We help companies:

  • Identify all applicable regulatory regimes based on business activities
  • Interpret specific obligations for record-keeping, disclosures, capital reserves
  • Modify operating plans to satisfy legal prerequisites before market entry
  • Institute-compliant policies and control systems fit for each industry
  • Liaise with oversight bodies to accurately meet examination requirements

Determining and fulfilling all regulatory demands upfront prevents lost momentum from government sanctions, penalties, or mandated work stoppages.

Raising investment capital triggers complex securities regulations with serious compliance implications. Overlooking filing, disclosure, and reporting obligations can undermine a company’s financial foundation.

We assist startups to:

  • Structure fundraising approaches minimizing securities hurdles
  • Meet registration, exemption, and ongoing filing requirements
  • Disclose investment risks without overstating or misrepresenting
  • Institute controls and procedures ensuring reporting compliance
  • Avoid violations triggering rescission rights or civil/criminal penalties

By proactively navigating securities regulations and required processes upfront, we empower startups to build investment capital without regulatory oversights returning to bite later.

Startups face complex tax obligations right out of the gates. Early planning represents huge savings potential, while missteps trigger avoidable liability exposure.

We help founders build tax efficiency into business models through:

  • Selecting entity structures minimizing tax burdens
  • Instituting compliant expense reimbursement policies
  • Claiming applicable tax credits and incentives
  • Structuring employee/contractor relationships and payments
  • Maintaining rigorous documentation across business areas

By prioritizing tax strategy from day one and overseeing required filings, estimated payments, and audits, we empower startups to sidestep unnecessary liability pitfalls. Meticulous tax diligence further bolsters fundraising appeals and maximizes runway.

We assist startups to:

  • Structure fundraising approaches minimizing securities hurdles
  • Meet registration, exemption, and ongoing filing requirements
  • Disclose investment risks without overstating or misrepresenting
  • Institute controls and procedures ensuring reporting compliance
  • Avoid violations triggering rescission rights or civil/criminal penalties

By proactively navigating securities regulations and required processes upfront, we empower startups to build investment capital without regulatory oversights returning to bite later.

Early-stage legal costs can easily spiral, draining limited funding too soon if unmanaged. Yet minimizing legal spending often increases downstream exposure. There are solutions to control expenses without compromising protections.

We empower startups to:

  • Allocate sufficient legal capital into funding rounds
  • Prioritize highest value protections first
  • Mix attorney expertise with cost-effective DIY tools
  • Space bigger filings and agreements strategically
  • Institute controls and processes reducing human error/waste

Taking a strategic approach prevents race-to-the-bottom mentalities that compromise startups’ legal foundations and viability long-term. Our budgeting guidance balances affordable client costs and enduring protections – enabling founders to invest efficiently in legal without overspending or leaving the company under-protected.

Securing viable real estate is essential for many startups, but office/retail leases come with legal and financial pitfalls for unwary business owners.

We guide clients to:

  • Negotiate favorable terms on property usage, rent rates, and escalations
  • Structure agreements optimizing control, flexibility, and exit capabilities
  • Account for unique property requirements like parking, signage, utilities
  • Avoid personal liability for corporate lease obligations
  • Plan strategically regarding lease vs. buy analysis, locations, and growth

By overseeing the full leasing process from start to finish, we empower companies to secure optimal physical footholds for stabilizing and scaling operations. 

Savvy real estate planning prevents unforced errors undermining logistics and the bottom line. We enable startups to turn facilities into assets from day one.

Navigating business insurance complexities represents significant challenges for early-stage companies. Failing to understand and obtain needed coverage can completely derail promising startups after the fact.

We guide clients to:

  • Audit operations identifying potential liability risks
  • Assess optimal packages and coverage types/limits
  • Vet policies from reputable, stable providers
  • Structure agreements protecting against common exclusions
  • Implement loss control policies demonstrating insurability

By determining and securing tailored coverages upfront, we empower companies to conduct business activities without leaving the company or founders financially vulnerable later on. 

Insufficient insurance will drastically compound crisis scenarios – while prudent preparation prevents personal assets and the business from extensive fallout.

The legal terms governing purchase orders, service contracts, and other business agreements deeply impact customer satisfaction, disputes, and operational efficiency over the long run. Yet drafting watertight Terms & Conditions represents a major challenge for most startups.

We empower companies to:

  • Audit workflows identifying potential liability risks
  • Craft customer-friendly terms without adding unnecessary legal complexity
  • Convey policies around payments, defects, terminations, jurisdiction, etc
  • Strengthen legal enforceability while maintaining positive customer experiences
  • Align terms with warranty, return, exchange, and other sale/service policies

By tailoring and optimizing Terms & Conditions from the outset, we help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts that undermine startups’ customer relationships and hamper founders’ progress. 

We enable smooth transactions and continued innovation on top of a firm legal foundation.

Startups collaborating with other companies for partnerships, supply/distribution relationships, or channel sales face considerable legal risks if agreements lack protections for their brand, IP, market exclusives, and other core interests.

We help startups:

  • Structure agreements optimizing control, flexibility, and exit capabilities
  • Institute IP protections, performance requirements, and representations
  • Build in favorable payment/commission terms and termination provisions
  • Avoid risks like antitrust violations or loss of distribution exclusivity
  • Ensure contract compliance processes support the partner relationship

Proactively safeguarding the startup’s interests in collaborative business relationships prevents messy conflicts, knowledge transfer to competitors, and brand reputation damage when partnerships inevitably shift or dissolve. We help founders to collaborate with allies to support legal growth.

Protect Your Business with B&T Legal’s Experienced Colorado Startup Attorneys

We Proudly Serve:

Douglas County, Colorado

Aurora, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Deckers, Franktown, Highlands Ranch, Larkspur, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker, Roxborough Park, Sedalia

Elbert County, Colorado

Agate, Elbert, Elizabeth, Kiowa, Matheson, Ponderosa Park, Simla

Pueblo County, Colorado

Avondale, Beulah Valley, Boone, Colorado City, Pueblo, Pueblo West, Rye, Salt Creek, Vineland

Boulder County, Colorado

Allenspark, Boulder, Eldorado Springs, Erie, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Weld, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Pinecliffe, Superior, Ward, Wondervu

Larimer County, Colorado

Berthoud, Bellvue, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glendevey, Johnstown, Laporte, Livermore, Loveland, Red Feather Lakes, Rustic, Timnath, Wellington, Windsor, Virginia Dale

Denver County, Colorado

Denver

Adams County, Colorado

Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Henderson, Northglenn, Strasburg, Thornton, Watkins, Westminster

Weld County, Colorado

Ault, Berthoud, Briggsdale, Brighton, Dacono, Eaton, Erie, Evans, Firestone, Fort Lupton, Frederick, Garden City, Gilcrest, Greeley, Grover, Hudson, Johnstown, Keenesburg, Kersey, LaSalle, Lochbuie, Longmont, Mead, Milliken, Northglenn, Nunn, Pierce, Platteville, Raymer, Severance, Thornton, Windsor

El Paso County, Colorado

Calhan, Cascade, Chipita Park, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Palmer Lake, Ramah, Security-Widefield

Arapahoe County, Colorado

Aurora, Bennett, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan, Watkins

Jefferson County, Colorado

Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Henderson, Northglenn, Strasburg, Thornton, Watkins, Westminster