Outside of the courtroom when there is no current dispute, people and entities are frequently best served to have an attorney represent their interest when entering into a deal or contract of any kind or opening a new business. The backbone of business law is the contract. An agreement between two or more people or entities is the foundation of all business and real estate dealings. When entering into agreements, having an attorney advise you and draft the agreement for you (typically for a flat fee) can save time, money, and likely prevent future disputes. After entering into agreements, modification or performance of the terms can lead to disputes. In such situations having an attorney to review, draft, and advice you can be invaluable.
The attorneys at Leakakos Law, APC have years of experience negotiating, drafting, editing, and modifying a variety of real estate and business agreements to prevent future disputes as much as possible and allow you to move forward with your business or real estate transaction with confidence. Leakakos Law, APC utilizes their litigation experience to draft and negotiate documents to protect your interests and hopefully avoid future potential court battles.
Some of the services Leakakos Law, APC provides are as follows:
Business Formations in California of Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Corporations. Formation Includes Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Corporate Resolutions and Minutes, Founder’s Agreements, and Operating Agreements
Business law or litigation is an umbrella term for a variety of claims that can be brought or defended against in a court of law, mediation, and/or in an arbitration. Business litigation generally includes people and companies disputing money, rights, contracts, and other property interests. In a dispute with your business partner? Believe an employee or independent contractor has harmed your business in any manner? Owed money for services rendered or dispute a debt owed? Has a judgment against someone but don’t know how to be paid on it? Being sued for allegations of wrongdoing, fraud, or breach of contract? These are just some of the business and contractual legal disputes that fall under the scope of business, commercial, and contract litigation.
Leakakos Law, APC provides both legal defense and legal pursuit of business and contract claims including, but not limited to:
Breach of Contract
Fraud, Concealment, or Misrepresentation
Intentional Interference With Contract
Injunctive Relief and Writs of Attachment
Defamation and/or Business Disparagement
Trade Secret Violations
Unfair Competition and Deceptive Trade Practices
Negligence and Negligence per Se
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Breach of Corporate, Company and Other Business Entity Duties and Obligations
At Leakakos Law, APC we recognize the growing need for companies to plan and budget for legal services. We are sensitive to those needs and offer a variety of Small Business Packages (“SBP”) designed to meet the budget of any company or entrepreneur from start-up, to early stage business, to emerging growth company. SBP provides you with the legal advice and services you need to help your company grow and to protect your business at a price you can afford!
Leakakos Law, APC firmly believes that new and small businesses need legal support just as much as “Big Businesses.” SBP is designed to be the equalizer for the small business to compete in a global market with the legal team it needs and can afford. Your SBP can give you all the benefits of having an attorney on “speed dial” to help you establish a strong legal foundation for your business to maximize growth and minimize legal risk.
Our Packages are designed to grow as your company grows. We offer three (3) Packages to meet the needs of your business at every stage:
Our Business “Check Up” Package is a great place to start if you either have an existing business or just have a business model in mind and want to get a road map of what your legal needs are and what your priorities should be. Leakakos Law, APC will provide YOU with a blueprint for success!
Our Lean Start-Up Package is perfect for businesses that are just launching and need the basics to get off the ground. Leakakos Law, APC will assist with the legal protections you need and will support you as a member of YOUR team!
Our Investment Risk Management Package provides flexibility for an existing business that is ready to grow and put in place additional legal due diligence documents to protect the business. This customized Package allows for businesses to get the written contracts they need to get their business running smoothly in an affordable manner.
Leakakos Law, APC will be YOUR outside/inside legal counsel and give you freedom and peace of mind so that you can grow your business…you know your business, we know the law!
This practice area involves all types of dispute involving real property: residential, vacant, and/or commercial. Dispute involving real estate may involve those arising from property ownership, title, liens, foreclosure, leases, purchase and sale, real estate agent and broker duties, homeowner association law, easements and encroachments.
The team at Leakakos Law, APC provides both legal defense and legal pursuit of both residential and commercial real estate claims including, but not limited to:
Breach of Contract or Contract Disputes
Fraud Concealment or Misrepresentation Related to Lease and Sale Contracts
Intentional Interference With Contract
Real Estate Agent and Broker Negligence and Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Office hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding all Court holidays. However, accommodation can be arranged to meet with the attorney telephonically through video conference or Skype, through conference calls, before or after hours and/or at a business or home location as may be necessary or preferred. Please make sure that if you have a preference as to the meeting location and format, discuss that with the attorney or the attorney’s staff when you schedule any meeting or appointment.
Currently no, the law office does not provide legal services in languages other than English. If you require translation or interpretation, you must make your own independent arrangements to provide your own translator or interpreter for any communications you may wish to have with the law office and attorney.
Potential clients are invited to review this website and its information to see if our Team’s legal experience and skills meet the need of the potential client. For a more detailed determination, a potential client can contact the office directly to set up an initial consultation at which time one of our Team members will personally review the issues in question with a potential client to determine if the potential client wishes to retain this firm.
The client is the person or legal entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company, for example) who has the legal issue or case who is seeking or in need of legal services or advice. The client will be specified by name in the written agreement between the attorney and the client. The client is not necessarily the person who pays the attorney. The attorney owes certain legal duties to the client or potential client only.
Please review the Legal Services section of this website for a detailed list of the cases and matters that the attorney handles. Within the practice areas that we do handle, if a matter requires more specialized knowledge or experience that this law office cannot or will not provide, the attorney will inform you of this when the issue arises so you can seek additional, associate, or replacement counsel.
The law office generally does not provide legal services in the areas of family law, bankruptcy or criminal law. The law office does not generally provide legal services outside of the State of California, however, its team members can handle limited matters in the State of Nevada.
This is the relationship that is formed when a client retains or hires an attorney to provide the client with legal services. The scope of the relationship is set forth in detail in the written agreement that will be signed by the client and the attorney also known as the retainer agreement. Once that relationship is created, the attorney owes the client certain duties at law including but not limited to the duty of confidentiality and the duty of loyalty. The attorney client relationship can be terminated pursuant to the terms of the written agreement between the attorney and client and as permitted by law.
A conflict of interest is defined by law for each state. Generally speaking, a conflict of interest arises when the attorney’s ability to represent the client and fulfill the attorney’s duties of loyalty and confidentiality (among others) is hamperedIn the event of an actual conflict, this law office will notify the affected client and/or potential client, not take on representation, and/or will cease existing representation as may be required under the ethical rules. In the event of a potential conflict of interest, the Attorney will abide by the notice and other disclosure requirements set by law before determining if the Attorney can continue or begin representation. It is entirely within the Attorney’s discretion how to handle a conflict or a potential conflict of interest. Once a potential or actual conflict exists the Attorney is bound to abide by the ethical and legal requirements resolving the same.
Consultations may be set up by contacting the law firm telephonically during business hours or leaving a message after hours for a call back the following business day. Consultations may also be set up by email. A reply email or follow up phone call will be made during which time an initial consultation date and time will be set.
Generally, unless special arrangements are made, the first portion of any initial consultation is telephonic with a member of the legal staff calling the potential client at a phone number at a set date and time. Additional necessary communications or follow up will occur in person or via email as may be arranged between the attorney and the potential client.
The law office does not provide free initial consultations for four key reasons.
First, in business and real estate matters some initial document review is frequently necessary for the potential client and the law office to mutually determine if the case can or should be taken in the first place. Document review is also frequently critical in determining what options a potential client must resolve their legal issue.
Second, it is possible that some preliminary research may be necessary to evaluate whether the potential client wants to pursue a case or transactional matter further, how the potential client may want to pursue the case or matter further, and/or whether the law firm is the right “fit” for the potential client’s needs.
Third, as no free consultations are provided, a potential client is not limited to X amount of attorney minutes but has the freedom to talk and discuss the matter with Renie Leakakos at length before making the critical decision of whether to retain the attorney or not.
Fourth, the attorney must take the time to ensure no conflicts of interest exist that would prevent Renie Leakakos (or her Of Counsel) from representing the potential client and for the potential client and the attorney to come to mutually agreeable terms of payment and retainer.
It is for these reasons that consultations are not offered for free but for the flat fee price to be set based on the nature of the legal issue. This initial consultation fee must be paid at or before the consultation between the attorney and potential client. The cost of the initial consultation will be set on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the issue at the time the initial consultation is calendared.
You will be expected to provide your name, address, phone number, facsimile number, and email address, if you have them. If you are a representative of an entity or a family member or friend of the actual person with the legal problem, case or issue, we will need to know that at the time of scheduling to preliminarily check for conflicts of interest. If you are representing someone who is the actual potential client or speak for an entity we will also require the name, address, phone number, facsimile number, and email address of the actual potential client or entity. You will be asked to provide some brief information regarding your legal issue to verify that it is in fact a case that the law office will consider taking. Please note that staff of the law office are not attorneys and cannot and will not give legal advice.
You may be faxed or emailed a copy of a credit card authorization if you wish to pay the consultation fee via credit card and your meeting with the attorney is not in person. This form must be sent back to the law office on or before the date and time of your initial consultation. If you are not provided with the form at the time of scheduling, arrangements will be made to obtain your credit card information telephonically at the time the attorney makes the initial consultation phone call.
If there are relevant documents involved in the matter, you may be asked to fax or email them over to the attorney so that she has them before her to review during your first conversation. Please note that the attorney will not review documents before the consultation unless you plan to pay the consultation fee at the time of scheduling the consultation.