Business Law


We represent and advise businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs and closely-held companies in a broad range of business and legal related services, including company start-up and formation (including entity selection); business law; mergers, acquisitions and sales; contracts, leases and employment agreements; and tax matters.  Are services are designed to help entrepreneurs devise business plans and strategies to help them succeed and prosper.

Starting a business requires thorough and careful planning. We assist business owners in the formation of legally sound business entities.  We advise on the business start-up and formation process, including issues related to entity selection and tax consequences.  These areas include: 

  • C-Corporation Formation
  • S-Corporation Formation (Including S Elections)
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) Formation
  • Partnership Formation (Including Limited Partnerships)
  • Stock Purchases
  • Asset Purchases
  • Joint Ventures

We also consult with business owners and draft and negotiate various legal documents, contracts and agreements involved in the day to day operation of a business, such as:

  • Integrating a Business with an Owner’s Estate Plan
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Service Contracts
  • Lease and Property Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Indemnification Agreements
  • Banking and Lending Agreements
  • Business Succession Planning

We can guide business owners in the multi-stage process of buying or selling a business, including:

  • Preparing a Business for Sale
  • Advising on the Structure of the Transaction
  • Negotiation of Terms and Drafting the Acquisition Documents From the Letter of Intent Through the Closing Agreements
  • Advising and Counseling Sellers on Legal Strategies to Address Issues Raised During the Due Diligence Process
  • Advising and Counseling Buyers on Conducting Legal Due Diligence

We have found that for most business owners, their business is like their child.  We provide the same care and comfort with our business planning as we do with our estate planning.  Our goal is your success. 

For more information regarding how we can assist you and your business, please contact us.


The Law Office of Richard C. Petrofsky assists clients with Estate and Gift Planning, Wills, Trusts, Charitable Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law and Medicaid Planning, Estate and Family Planning for Same-Sex Couples and LGBT Individuals, Asset Protection Planning, Corporate and Business Planning and Tax Law and Planning in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas.