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Pre-Business Considerations

Starting a business requires a lot of planning, and an Austin business attorney can prove to be invaluable. Some things to think about are: financing, defining expectations, limiting personal liability, and generally understanding the extent of what is legally required and advisable before undertaking any endeavor.

Entity
Formation

Creating a liability limiting entity may be the difference between no personal liability and unlimited personal liability. The Coonley Firm will help you understand the differences between the various entities and their advantages and disadvantages, including tax treatment.

Contract Review
AND Preparation

A valid contract is by definition a legally binding agreement. Prior to assenting to any arrangement, you should be properly advised and guided by an Austin business attorney regarding the ramifications of its terms. Many form documents, especially those from the internet, may not be suitable for your needs or protective of your interests.

Transaction
Structuring

Properly structured transactions take into account elements of tax, financing, management, succession, estate and potential future growth planning. Each element must be properly considered to determine the best comprehensive structure for your Austin business.

Buying or Selling
of Businesses

Many considerations are involved in the sale or purchase of a business including: asset vs. stock sale, employee transition, due diligence, pre and post agreement obligations, and non-competition clauses.  In addition to basic considerations, it’s important to not leave your livelihood up to chance.  You deserve an experienced transactional attorney.

Growth Strategy
Advisement

The Coonley Firm will advise you on the various aspects of obtaining funds to allow your Austin business to grow. Additional funding, which may be in the form of loans, capital contributions from existing owners or third parties, or from non-traditional sources (such as crowdfunding) all require consideration of the resulting duties between those financing, owning and managing the business.

Preemptive
Problem Mitigation

The Coonley Firm will review your existing written agreements and determine whether modifications or additional documents are recommended to deal with anticipated future conflicts. Written documents setting forth obligations and expectations are advisable to formalize oral arrangements and avoid misunderstandings.

Conflict
Resolution

The approach of the Coonley Firm is to resolve conflict in a manner which utilizes a community based common sense approach relying on negotiation, mediation and other non-litigation alternatives. An objective analysis of the conflict will often result in resolution prior to embarking on a path of costly litigation.

Business
Succession Planning

Proper planning must answer the question of what happens to your business after you are no longer making the daily management decisions. This involves analysis of the next generation of owners and managers and how a transition may be accomplished in a tax favorable manner. This type of planning often intersects with estate planning and may involve retained rights of the current generation, such as a right of first refusal or right to re-purchase, and/or right to receive economic benefits.

OUR BENEFITS

Initial Consult Gaurantee

The Coonley Firm will gladly set up an appointment by phone, video conference, or in person for up to one hour in order to discuss and offer solutions to your situation. The Coonley Law Firm Guarantees you will be satisfied with your consultation.

Flat Fee Rate Availability

The Coonley Firm will provide a fixed price for many routine matters such as entity formation, document preparation, and contract review among other legal necessities.  Please review the popular 1 2 3 service option as well as the Monthly Retainer option to see if either of these options are conducive to you.  Additionally, the Coonley Law Firm will provide firm quotes for almost any combination of legal services, and as always, your Satisfaction is Guaranteed.

Flexible Payment Options

Sometimes legal bills can mount quickly. The Coonley Firm is small business friendly and will work with you to develop a payment schedule that takes into account your business needs.

Short-term Retainer Agreements

The Coonley Firm understands that when starting a business for the first time, you will have many questions and concerns and typically be on a strict budget.  The Coonley Firm understands that when starting a business for the first time, you will have many questions and concerns and typically be on a strict budget.  The Coonley Firm wants to be your go-to source for important early-stage issues and decisions and therefore offers retainer agreements for first time Austin business owners that last for a month or less. 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you are unhappy with the services provided by the Coonley Firm for any reason you will be refunded any remaining prepaid money and your file will be promptly returned to you. If you feel that you have not received great value, the Coonley Firm will do everything in its power to make it right with you.

Please read our Client Guarantee.

Often, people with great ideas or the ambition to go into business for themselves elect not to do so because they are afraid of the financial commitments or risks associated with such an endeavor.  The Coonley Firm is designed to help those with the aforementioned aspirations to obtain legal guidance.  The Coonley Firm will leverage real word experience and legal expertise to help you navigate the small business world using a community based common sense approach.

He holds a degree in business management, a minor in psychology and a certificate in international business. He attended the Drake University School of Law in his home state of Iowa where he earned his Juris Doctorate with a certificate in business law.  John moved to Austin following law school.

John has started or been a partner in six businesses, including in the following industries: commercial photography, consulting, vending, and merchant services. The most recent area of interest for John is crowdfunding. John has worked as a personal trainer, and enjoys leading an active lifestyle which includes participation in organized sports and pursuing various physical challenges. John is an active member of Austin’s Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) where he has participated in planning various events and functions, with the ultimate goal of bettering the Austin Sunshine Camps, an organization focused on helping Austin’s underprivileged youth.

RESOURCES

Just had an outstanding experience working with John over the past few days on a contract law issue. John was highly responsive and his assistance was crucial in deciding whether or not to sign a client's terms. Would highly recommend for any business owner looking for legal help in Austin.
Brandon Tigges
Brandon Tigges
19:56 26 Jul 17
I was in a pickle with a tenant that refused to vacate, John gave me the practical advice I needed to settle the dispute, saving me as much time and money as possible in the situation. He even helped me draft a simple contract clearly stating the agreement.
christopher lambert
christopher lambert
15:36 19 Feb 17
A++ servie, and extremely thorough. Would highly recommend John and his team to listen to your situation and strategize a plan of action. Genuinely cares about his clients!
Nick Pierce
Nick Pierce
16:44 28 Nov 16
I had a contract presented to me and thought there might be a problem and wanted it reviewed. There were a few aspects of the agreement I didn't initially consider but, as John pointed out, could have caused confusion down the road. This agreement was time sensitive and I am very thankful that John understood my urgency. He returned my document with a detailed explanation that was very easy to understand. We had a follow up consultation to discuss my questions and he had the answers to all of my questions. My invoice was very reasonable and I believe he provided me with excellent value. I would strongly recommend his services.
Mike Mesrobian
Mike Mesrobian
23:35 22 Mar 16
We had problems recovering due owed by a customer. John planned a feasible legal solution. John with a good demand letter and great follow up helped us recover dues owed by the customer. Best austin business attorney!
Ravi Ram Kallepalli
Ravi Ram Kallepalli
19:39 03 Sep 16
John Coonley is smart and efficient and knows how to manage legal complexities for small businesses. He advised innovative legal solutions which helped us achieve our goals with less time and money. I really appreciated him being mindful of our time. He worked hard behind the scenes and presented us with key results. Above all, he is pleasant to work with. I strongly recommend him.
Neha Gupta
Neha Gupta
20:42 22 Apr 16
John did a great job at addressing all our needs. He was very quick with return calls and emails. He was quickly to get back the services that we requested. He was also very knowledgeable with his advice. I look forward to continuing our relationship in the future. This is a firm that I am sure we will have a great relationship with for many years. The main thing that really sticks out to me is as a business owner is customer service and John was on top of that for us. You will enjoy working with him. Chris
Chris Perkins
Chris Perkins
20:33 03 Sep 15
Our decision to work with John on matters related to a business contract proved to be well worth the investment. During every consultation he provided insight and advice that was unique to our situation and especially helpful. I would happily work with John again if the need were to arise.
James Deal
James Deal
16:18 15 Jan 18
Attorney Coonley did a superior job with my legal matter. From our first phone consultation, he understood the sensitivity and the urgency. He was patient with answering all of my questions and was confident with making recommendations on how to move forward during the process. I recommend Coonley & Associates for your legal needs.
Larry Cereso
Larry Cereso
14:40 08 Mar 18
My experience with John was incredible. He’s a very intelligent individual, who is truly passionate about assisting his clients. He’s professional and very quick to respond. He also will listen and provide initial feedback, without charging a dime! I highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal assistance. Keep up the great work, John!
Maurice Onayemi
Maurice Onayemi
23:23 13 Mar 18
I would like to say it has been an honor to work with John. He has a very honest practice and is very attentive to detail and the one thing that I like the most is that when you do call him he answers his phone. I highly recommend his law firm. John is a good person a good lawyer and a good business man . Thanks for all your help !
The Train Quest LLC
The Train Quest LLC
00:56 19 Jun 18
I wanted to share my recent experience in working with John. I recently had the need to setup a complex LLC environment for my real estate business. John had an initial consultation with me and spoke at my level clearly explaining my options and the benefits from each. At no point did I ever feel rushed to make a decision but instead I felt like I was being offered excellent guidance to make the right decision. I have since went back to John for additional legal work ranging from additional LLCs to guidance on liability damage lawsuits. Above all else I love the transparency I have with John to the point I was needing to file a liability lawsuit in a small claims court, John offered me a consultation on the issue which can be summized with Johns closing statement on the conversation: “It would be a mistake to hire my services as it’s only going to incur additional cost to yourself and realistically if you win it’s because you have the correct evidence not because I have some special trick, you don’t need my services here”. Never did I think I would come across such an honest and upfront lawyer who took the clients needs into consideration at the expense of their own work and income. Bottom line is I have since referred friends and colleagues to John and I’m 100% confident in my recommendations to him.
Scott MacDonald
Scott MacDonald
19:39 23 Jul 18
I wanted to share my recent experience in working with John. I recently had the need to setup a complex LLC environment for my real estate business. John had an initial consultation with me and spoke at my level clearly explaining my options and the benefits from each. At no point did I ever feel rushed to make a decision but instead I felt like I was being offered excellent guidance to make the right decision. I have since went back to John for additional legal work ranging from additional LLCs to guidance on liability damage lawsuits. Above all else I love the transparency I have with John to the point I was needing to file a liability lawsuit in a small claims court, John offered me a consultation on the issue which can be summized with Johns closing statement on the conversation: “It would be a mistake to hire my services as it’s only going to incur additional cost to yourself and realistically if you win it’s because you have the correct evidence not because I have some special trick, you don’t need my services here”. Never did I think I would come across such an honest and upfront lawyer who took the clients needs into consideration at the expense of their own work and income. Bottom line is I have since referred friends and colleagues to John and I’m 100% confident in my recommendations to him.
Scott MacDonald
Scott MacDonald
13:39 03 Aug 18
John Coonley reviewed a physician contract for me recently. He is very attentive to detail and thorough. I highly recommend.
Sandy
Sandy
17:47 04 Oct 18
John assisted me with a sizable collection matter and successfully recovered my money promptly with principal and interest. He did a great job drafting, negotiating and collecting the funds in a matter of weeks without escalating the matter into litigation. Not only did he pay attention to every detail, he promptly responded to phone calls and emails. I highly recommend John his firm.
Scott Friedson
Scott Friedson
22:26 17 Oct 18
Hi, I hired Mr. Coonley to help with a legal matter in our none profit organization. I am the president of Austin Table Tennis club which is a none profit organization.Mr. Coonley was very fair in his charges, and always available to provide continuous feedback. I am extremely happy with his law firm and his service.
Masoud Mojtahed
Masoud Mojtahed
17:00 06 Nov 18
John helped me out with clear and concise information with a matter involving an employer’s negligent practices. It was at a more than reasonable price as well. My choice to contact him saved me a lot of headache and worry.
Dominic Ferri
Dominic Ferri
18:20 29 Nov 17
Gave him a shot over a year ago after seeing many good reviews, unfortunately I paid him $600 for business research i never recieved. He assured me I would receive the information requested every time I got ahold of him and that his work was already complete that he just needed to send it and ultimately he faded away with out providing what was promised.
Kevin Calderon
Kevin Calderon
00:18 23 Feb 19

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