Your valuable time needs to be spent growing your business and dealing with the day-to-day processes of the sales cycle, not the legal cycle. Paquette Travers offers a full range of representation services to companies in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, and Milton. From helping you with joint ventures to business name registrations, shareholder agreements and share acquisitions, we have the experience to do it all. Our lawyers are highly skilled and bring years of legal experience. If you hire us for corporate and commercial legal services, you can focus on growing the business while we handle the rest.
We work with you to understand what you and your business need to reach the next level, including:
Incorporation advice and execution
Corporation structure and reorganizations
Review of franchise agreements and related documentation
Services for drafting of contracts and review of contracts
Joint ventures and shareholder agreements
Federal and charitable incorporation and organization
Amalgamations, amendments and dissolutions
Asset and share acquisitions
Review or preparation of lease agreements
Efforts to keep corporations in good standing
Business name registrations, amendments and cancellations
Corporate minute book reviews and reconstructions
Note: We are not an accounting firm and believe that your chartered accountant plays an integral role in your business service model as well as lawyers. Paquette Travers is pleased to work with your current accountant or recommend an accounting firm if you are new to the area.
A corporation is a legal entity distinct from its owners (known as shareholders) and the individuals who manage and run its affairs and business (known as directors and officers). Every corporation consists of shareholders, directors and officers.
Shareholders are the ones who hold the shares in the corporation, dependent on votes that are usually attached to the shares. The shareholders control the corporation. If there is only one shareholder, that individual has absolute control of the corporation. If the corporation has a number of shareholders, control of the corporation depends on who has the majority of the voting shares. However, the shareholders do not directly manage the corporation. They exercise their influence by electing and removing directors and approving or disapproving any or all corporate decisions.
A corporation is incorporated by the filing of Articles of Incorporation. The client provides our office with a proposed corporate name and we check the availability of the name through a search company. If the proposed corporate name is available, we order a NUANS Name Search Report filed with the Articles of Incorporation. The articles indicate the registered head office of the corporation, the authorized shares that it can issue, the rights, privileges and conditions attached to each class of shares and restrictions as to the transfer of shares, and set out the number of directors of the corporation. After incorporation, we organize the corporation through organizational resolutions that elect directors and officers, adopt the corporate seal, share certificates, corporate records and by-laws, appoint accountants, set out the financial year-end, and issue shares.