Resources
img t

Ten Commandments of Business Acquisitions pt. 5

May 10, 2022

Breaking It Down: The Fifth of the Ten Commandments of Business Acquisitions Our Ten Commandments of Business Acquisitions has been so popular that we have decided to break it down. To briefly discuss each of the Ten Commandments and its import and impact. The fifth commandment: “Be Proactive.” By all means don’t just sit there…

Read More
img t

Ten Commandments of Business Acquisitions pt. 9

May 10, 2022

Breaking It Down: The Ninth of the Ten Commandments of Business Acquisitions Our Ten Commandments of Business Acquisitions has been so popular that we have decided to break it down. To briefly discuss each of the Ten Commandments, and its import and impact. The Ninth Commandment: “Engage Yourself in the Negotiations” Once you have agreed with…

Read More
img t

The All-Important End-Of-Year Review

May 10, 2022

2020 brought some unprecedented times. Patterns and norms were broken in countless fits and starts, and companies had to adjust. Now as we quickly round the bend toward 2021, we can easily forget to look back in our eagerness to rush ahead. For so many reasons, and to the extent that it’s possible, we recommend…

Read More
img t

The Case for a Rollup

May 10, 2022

Over our past three decades of deal making, we have assisted clients with almost every type of business transaction. Acquisitions have been most numerous, and some of the most successful of these acquisitions have been rollups. What is a rollup? A rollup (also referred to as a consolidation) is a term used to describe a company that…

Read More
img t

The Case for a Rollup Merger

May 10, 2022

Over our past three decades of deal making, we have assisted clients with almost every type of business transaction. Acquisitions have been most numerous, and some of the most successful of these acquisitions have been rollups. What is a rollup? A rollup (also referred to as a consolidation) is a term used to describe a…

Read More
img t

The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Get

May 10, 2022

I have had the opportunity to work for and with literally hundreds of business owners and managers over the course of my career in the private practice of business law. I can’t say for certain, as I have not collected the relevant data, but it occurs to me that many of the most successful of…

Read More
img t

The Steps in Due Diligence when Buying a Manufacturing Business

May 10, 2022

One of the first questions I am asked by clients looking to buy a business is, “What do I have to do for due diligence and how much will it cost?” At least, I hope they ask. A concerning number of people looking to buy a business do not do the basics of due diligence.…

Read More
img t

The Targeted Search for Acquisition Opportunities

May 10, 2022

Working with a partner who has connections in the business world can prove so helpful to clients who are looking to buy a company. For those without a clear goal, building a deal magnet is a necessary first step. This approach attracts an unfiltered and unsorted array of opportunities and is best for the buyer…

Read More
img t

The Tax Benefits of Hiring Freelancers for Your Business

May 10, 2022

An increasing number of businesses are opting to hire freelancers rather than employees. Could following suit benefit your business? While there are tax benefits to hiring freelancers, also known as independent contractors, there are also risks that business owners need to be aware of. This guide will help you decide if freelancers are right for…

Read More
img t

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Sale

May 10, 2022

Most business owners don’t plan to sell their business. They do it because they have to. The days where you could assume the next generation would take on the business are long gone. Whether it’s a forced retirement due to health issues or a lack of capital, there comes a time when a business needs…

Read More
img t

To Build a Successful Business, Carpe Diem – But Always Tackle the Worst, First!

May 10, 2022

Yes, as they say: Seize the day! Make today matter! Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today? I could not agree more. Do your most difficult tasks first! But if you want to build a successful business, and if you want a happy, productive and stress-free life, always tackle the worst projects and…

Read More
img t

Trending Tech: What All Small Businesses Should Have

May 10, 2022

Guest post by Courtney Rosenfeld, Gig Spark Technology plays an indispensable role in the daily operations of millions of companies across the world. With IT spending on the rise and new developments each year, it’s no surprise that organizations both large and small are looking for more ways to implement technology. For small business owners, the latest tech…

Read More
img t

How Remote Work Is Changing Business Models

May 10, 2022

The new remote work model started out as a necessity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but has it become something more? Once the immediate threat is over, will we be looking at a corporate landscape forever changed? Simply put, will remote work become the new normal? The answer is both yes and no. Saying “digital…

Read More
img t

What Form of Entity is Best for My Business?

May 10, 2022

So you want to start a new business? One of the first questions to think about, when starting/ launching a new business, is whether you want to form an entity for the business and if so what form of entity is best? This can be a complex question/ issue, and therefore it is best to…

Read More
img t

When Filing a Commercial Lawsuit, Beware of the Counterclaim

May 10, 2022

I was reminded this past week that when you engage legal counsel to file a lawsuit, always beware of the possible counterclaim. A client needs to tell his attorney everything about a potential litigation matter, including whether the opponent may have their own claims against the client. Years ago, I brought in a new client to…

Read More
img t

Why Solve Problems That Can Be Prevented?

May 10, 2022

I read recently of a nearby law firm’s slogan, or call to action. “We solve [clients’] problems”, the slogan or call to action proclaimed. Well… It sounds good, but I had to think about that one for a moment. I realized that one thing that sets our new model law firm apart from other, typically big law…

Read More
img 4

Why We Offer Complimentary Initial Consultations | Calkins Law

May 10, 2022

The old adage that “nothing in life is free” is a basic truism that’s hard to argue with. But every now and then, complimentary really doesn’t come with strings attached. That’s true when it comes to Calkins Law Firm’s initial consultations. But it turns out that this practice stirs up some strong opinions. We have…

Read More
img 4

Why We Prepare Every Case for Trial | Business Lawyers

May 10, 2022

Few if any of the business litigation cases we handle will ever go to trial. Notwithstanding, we prepare for each case as though it will. Over the years our clients wonder about this, asking us why we would put in the effort to systematically prepare every business litigation case for trial in this way. Our…

Read More
img 4

Your Price, My Terms: Getting to Yes on a Business Acquisition

May 10, 2022

Your Price, My Terms: Getting to Yes on a Business Acquisition Your Price, My Terms: Getting to Yes on a Business Acquisition Your Price, My Terms: Getting to Yes on a Business Acquisition Your Price, My Terms: Getting to Yes on a Business Acquisition Your Price, My Terms: Getting to Yes on a Business Acquisition…

Read More
img 11

The Critical Importance of An Acquisition Action Plan

April 20, 2022

With any business acquisition, we recommend and prepare a comprehensive business acquisition strategy. Tax aspects of a contemplated acquisition should be considered before sending a letter of intent. At the top of the to-do list is a thorough consideration of all tax-related aspects of the contemplated business acquisition. Frankly, consideration of the tax consequences of…

Read More
img t

Ohio’s CAUV Case Stays in Court

November 29, 2016

Case Brought by Farmers Against State of Ohio For Excessive Taxation (CAUV) of Ag Real Estate Proceeds Early in 2016 a group of Northeast Ohio farmers approached CLF founder Ben Calkins to seek his help in challenging Ohio’s application of its so-called CAUV system of taxation of farm land. Ben Calkins enlisted the help and…

Read More
img t

Good Things Come to Those that Wait

August 9, 2016

I cannot tell you how pleased I was this past week when I received word from Todd Federman advising that, at long last, one of North Coast Angel Fund’s portfolio companies, Assurex, is in the process of being acquired. While the details of the transaction are either not yet available or confidential, suffice it to…

Read More
img t

Legal Counsel vs DIY

March 30, 2016

Years ago I was a partner in Spieth Bell, McCludy & Newell, a Cleveland based boutique business law firm that (alas) no longer exists. While at Spieth Bell, a client of mine needed help with a labor law matter. I referred him to one of my colleagues. After my colleague spoke with my client and…

Read More

Ready to find out more?

Drop us a line today for a free quote!

Let's Discuss Your Situation

Contact us today to set up a consultation about your needs.

 

Fields marked with an * are required