The Calkins Law Firm

The education, ratings, expertise and experience of the largest of law firms with the efficiency, agility, responsiveness and value of a modern, decentralized legal practice.

What Our Clients Like About Us

Value

Every single matter we handle is facilitated by Ben Calkins directly. Our firm uses different legal resources to keep costs low but your primary point of contact will always be with Ben directly.

Access and Accountability

Our network of attorneys provides the value of a large firm at the cost of a modern, decentralized legal practice.

Buying a Business

Buying a business typically creates a binary outcome: hit or miss, success or failure. The biggests risks involved in the acquisition are often overlooked with sometimes disastrous consequences.

Selling a Business

Selling a business can be an extremely complicated endeavour and huge mistakes can be easily made. Such mistakes can be costly with the seller not being paid or being on the hook for substantial post-closing liabilities.

Business Disputes

Business disputes are like a visit to the dentist only the pain and discomfort can last 100 times as long. We have seen and handled the full spectrum of disagreements and there is a clear playbook for getting through the situations quickly and calmly.

Business Law Resources
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an LLC?

October 17, 2022

When it comes to creating a business entity, most business owners opt to go with an LLC. However, every business has different needs, circumstances, and goals. An LLC may not necessarily be the best entity to go with for all business owners. Before deciding to form an LLC, it’s important to learn what the advantages…

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Get It In Writing!

October 10, 2022

I can tell you from experience – both my own experience and the experience of others with whom I have spoken over the years – get it in writing. Get it in writing – or wish you had. I was reminded recently of what too often happens when plans and arrangements and understandings are NOT…

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When is the Best Time to Sell My Business?

October 3, 2022

Perhaps Kenny Rogers said it best, in his epic song “The Gambler.” “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Every business owner wrestles with the age old question: When Is the best Time to Sell My Business? Obviously the answer to…

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How to Handle Debt As A Small Business

September 26, 2022

12 Ways to Cope with Debt and Keep Your Business Alive Be Honest Get in touch with creditors, customers, and vendors and let them know that you’re in financial distress. This one move could buy you time, or at least make all parties aware as the first step to a sustainable payoff plan. Customers who…

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The Different Types of Breach of Contract

September 19, 2022

What is the definition of breach of contract? At its core, breach of contract means breaking the terms of a written or verbal agreement. Breach of contract sounds pretty straightforward. Either you do it or you don’t. What Is a Fundamental Breach of Contract? The most obvious type of breach of contract is a fundamental…

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7 Common Legal Mistakes You Should Avoid in Your Business

September 9, 2022

Starting and running a business can be challenging. Business owners have to manage employees, ensure excellent customer service, work on marketing, and more. Among all the chaos, business owners tend to neglect the legal aspects of their business, which ends up hurting them in the long run. Here are seven common business legal mistakes you…

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Satisfied Client Testimonials

Corporate Acquisition Counsel

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"I engaged Ben Calkins as our lead attorney when acquiring the Automotive Components Remanufacturing Division from TRW. This was an exceptionally involved acquisition. Throughout this tedious, tenuous, and at times frustrating ordeal he remained cool, calm and a decisive asset. He is adroit, technically astute, and professional in every instance."

~ Roy

Enjoyed the Process

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"I really enjoyed the process of using this firm. They explained the whole process and were very responsive with any questions I had."

~ Westley

Satisfied Client

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"Ben Calkins represented our firm with a very difficult business asset purchase. The seller was not motivated, difficult to work with and changed the agreement quite a few times adding two or three extra months to close the deal. Ben remained calm but more important kept me calm and balanced throughout the entire process. I will enlist Ben’s help for our next acquisition."

~ Ken

Highly Recommended for New Business Owners

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"I would highly recommend Ben Calkins to anyone starting their own business. I knew it was important to have my business set up properly from a legal perspective, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Ben is clearly knowledgeable and experienced with law, but beyond that you can tell he is passionate about business and entrepreneurs. He took a genuine interest in setting up my business for success, providing quality legal expertise at an affordable price."

~ Katy

Ben Calkins Authors Exceptional Agreements

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"Some lawyers just understand the nuances of employment and partnership agreements. I trust Ben Calkins to provide exceptional contract agreements, and I have worked with his firm on multiple occasions to safeguard my assets and intellectual property in complex ventures. I continue to recommend and turn to Mr. Calkins for both entrepreneurial and legal counsel. He sets the bar for how more lawyers should practice law… truly for the good of all."

~ David

CLF vs Specialty and Prominent Old Style Law Firms

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"I was sued by a former employer a year ago and engaged a prominent old style law firm to defend me. Was very frustrated by the cost of the old style law firm and the poor client service and the overall lack of progress towards a resolution. Was referred to Calkins Law Firm by a neighbor and retained CLF to defend me. CLF’s team has supplied genuine expertise, excellence in client service and at relatively affordable cost. CLF has been attentive and aggressive and has the case headed in the right direction."

~ David

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