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Business Law

At Hawkes Law, APLC, we know the ins and outs of starting, securing and running a business. Because Ms. Hawkes highly values the innovation, risk-taking, trust and strength of entrepreneurs, Ms. Hawkes provides trusted business law services for all businesses ranging from start-ups to small businesses to well-established corporations. At Hawkes Law, APLC, we have significant experience in business law and legal matters pertaining to business entities. We know the importance of securing a legal entity for a business. Operating a business under a legal entity offers the best protection for the owners of a business. The business entity provides a protection barrier to prevent creditors from reaching the business owner’s personal assets in a dispute. At Hawkes Law, APLC, we provide guidance in choosing a legal entity. Choosing a business entity can be daunting for the client. We assist clients in determining the best legal entity for their specific business. We work in conjunction with the client’s accounting professionals to insure our clients are on the best course for their tax matters. We review each client’s business model, goals and resources to determine the best business entity for their situation. We routinely form business entities including Incorporation for S Corporation, C Corporation and Professional Corporation, as well as LLC formation. Hawkes Law, APLC will guide our clients throughout the formation process with ease. At Hawkes Law, APLC, we can assist with business name searches, name reservations, drafting all legal documents associated with your new entity including Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, Meeting Minutes, Organization documents; filing Annual Statement of Information; securing EIN; and serving as agent for service of process at the California Secretary of State.

In addition to business entity formation, Hawkes Law, APLC regularly drafts and negotiates business contracts including:

  1. Work for Hire agreements;
  2. Independent Contractor agreements;
  3. Purchase and Sell Agreements;
  4. Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  5. Confidentiality Agreements;
  6. Shareholder Agreements;
  7. Employment Agreements;
  8. Website Terms and Conditions related to website and internet law;
  9. Privacy Policies; and
  10. Entertainment law Talent Agreements.

We support our client’s goals in reaching the best possible outcome for our client to achieve success in their business.

Hawkes Law, APLC continues to represent our business clients through growth and expansion, including assisting in branding new products or services, compliance with state and federal law, employee matters and disputes. We routinely see small businesses expand rapidly in growth and reach wide-ranging world wide markets. Our goal is to provide preventative protection to our business clients to insure a smooth transition in growth or in a potential sale or acquisition. If you are a business owner or are starting a new business and have a business matter to discuss, please contact us for a confidential consultation.

Hawkes Law, APLC serves clients statewide in California and nationwide in federal trademark matters. If you have a trademark, copyright or business matter and seek a trusted advisor, contact Karen Hawkes, Esq. at Hawkes Law, APLC for a confidential consultation.

Client Reviews

Karen has been a tremendous resource for me and my husband. She helped both of us to incorporate. It was an easy process with her and we both greatly appreciated it. She has been a resource for answers to help guide us in the right direction as business owners. We appreciate her and her expertise.

W. F.B.

Legal questions often catch us off guard, luckily Karen is always there to set us on the right path. She has made our company safer and more secure with her guidance, for which we are extremely grateful! Thanks, Karen.

C. K.

Karen Hawkes is my attorney for all my licensing support. I have worked with her for several years as I filed for word and copyrights and other licensing filings. She is so easy to work with and really listened to what your goals are for your project. She gets things done and can fight anyone that...


I was pleased to have found Attorney Karen Hawkes Law to help with my copyright infringement dilemma. She was friendly, professional, considerate, and helpful during a challenging time I was experiencing in my life regarding a prized photograph of mine being infringed upon. She assured me she would...


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