North Carolina Business Legal Services

Our Attorneys provide Businesses with Legal Services, including Collection Services, Unemployment Cost Control, Litigation, Contracts, Business Formations, Handbooks, and Employment Law Issues. We regularly represent small, medium, and large corporations in all over North Carolina and are conveniently located in the Durham/RTP area.

We are proud to be one of the top unemployment law firms in the state of North Carolina.

Do you have a scheduled unemployment benefits hearing in the near future?

It is imperative to have legal counsel for such a hearing to protect your financial assets.

North Carolina Division of Employment Security (“D.E.S.”) appeals hearings are quasi-judicial proceedings that can be scheduled in-person at local D.E.S. offices or via telephone. The former employee, who may be represented by an attorney, will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Employer’s witnesses and present evidence against the Employer during the hearing. As an Employer, you have the right to legal counsel.

It is essential that the Employer provide clear and succinct information during these hearings, as the Employer has the burden of proving its case seventy percent of the time. Failure to participate and/or be successful in these hearings can lead to higher unemployment benefit taxes or benefit charges to your account.

Business Collections

The business collections lawyers at Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna represent North Carolina businesses in collection actions against both consumers and other businesses. We stay compliant with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and work to collect debts owed to your small business. We represent a wide variety of professionals, including general contractors, medical professionals, accountants, attorneys, HOA’s, and many other types of businesses.

Collections Lawyers in Durham, NC

Our debt collection practice is focused entirely on being responsive, available, and streamlined for the convenience of our clients. We want the process to be easy for our clients and have a high level of effectiveness due to our quick response to our client’s collection needs.

Experienced Debt Collection Attorney

If you are having problems with your accounts receivable, consider our firm for your collection law needs. By having a third party, like our law firm, handle your debt collection of those individuals and companies that have not paid your invoices, you can focus on your business.

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Corporate Counsel

Does your company have ongoing legal needs but you are not ready to take on full time counsel as part of your staff? We can provide your business with contract corporate counsel services. Our firm can act as your “in-house” counsel without the cost or obligation associated with bringing on additional staff. While larger organizations may enjoy, the benefits having lawyers on staff that are integrated into their business, you can have the next best thing as you grow your company. Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna can be your corporate counsel but also has the skill set to act as litigation counsel when needed.

Commercial Litigation Attorneys

An unfortunate side effect of a successful business is the risk of exposure to liability. Commercial litigation is a last resort in many cases, but it is something that cannot always be avoided. The time, cost, and wasted attention on a hard-fought court battle can disrupt a successful company such that even a “win” is a loss because of the resources spent.

However, when litigation becomes necessary, Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna can assist with litigation. We have experience representing both sides of business disputes and can provide you with valuable assessments of the case at various stages of litigation so that you can make informed decisions.

• Breach of Contract
• Breach of Fiduciary Duty
• Business Disputes
• Contract Disputes and Enforcement
• Severance Agreement Violations
• Non-Compete Enforcement Actions
• Unfair Trade Practices
• Construction Law Matters
• Collections Actions (Debtor/Creditor Actions)
• Employment Litigation

Starting a New Company?

When you are about to start a business, you will want to protect your ideas, business, personal interests, as well as the interests of others involved. Our Law Firm works with individuals and businesses in helping them decide the right type of entity, such as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), C-Corporation, S-Corporation, or other structure.

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One our firm will work to set up all the legal requirements, formalities, and structure to ensure the success of the business and protection of the people involved.

Consider These Business Legal Services

• Initial consultation with an attorney about the structure of your new company
• Preparing and Filing the Initial Documents (such as Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation) with the Secretary of State
• Creating, negotiating, and executing documents such as bylaws or operating agreements
• Recording minutes, making resolutions, having a shareholder’s meeting, and setting up the Board of Directors
• Obtaining an Employee ID Number (SS-4)
• Funding options
• Tax Planning

• Deciding the rights of the partners or other owners
• Deciding what to do if things do not work out
• Planning for succession – Buy/Sell Agreements and other succession planning
• Service contracts
• Employment agreements
• Intellectual property rights
• Independent contractor agreements
• Employee Handbooks
• Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements

Lookout for Severance Agreement Gotchas

Before you sign your severance agreement you should ensure that all of the details in the agreement are true and accurate. For example, you may be entitled to unused vacation time or a final paycheck. Make sure these details are included in the agreement. Once you sign the severance package it will be significantly harder […]

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