Family-Owned Business

Legal services family-owned businesses.

We help suburbs of Chicago and Chicago’s family-owned businesses.

Family-owned businesses have their own unique issues to face when transitioning the business operations from one generation to the next, ownership succession planning, marriage and divorces, complex estate planning, and other complicated relationships. The family-owned business is often times more at risk of litigation and in-fighting than non-related business partners because of the high level of emotion that occurs during confrontation and division. That is why it is of utmost importance that proper documentation is in place to help address these and other issues when they arise.

Family-owned businesses also have a unique perspective when it comes to the more routine issues that emerge around compensation structures, employee benefits, vendor and supplier relationships, and processes for strategic decision-making. The attorneys of Navigant understand that family-owned business owners frequently feel that their employees, vendors and agents are also family. The attorneys of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC understand that planning for the future can be an emotion-fraught issue when family and friends are involved, and we are skilled at negotiating both the legal and personal aspects of such a plan.

Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC is a full-service law firm with various areas of service to assist your business, including:

  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business Immigration
  • General Business Law

No over-lawyering. No big delays. Just high-quality service.

“Susan Dawson always impresses me with her knowledge of not only business law, but also her experience in running a business from being a successful business owner herself. She gets straight to the point with her concise legal advice so that we can get the job done. She never gives the impression that we are just another client among many. She is both personable and knowledgeable. I appreciate her regular follow-ups as it helps keep our planning moving forward. I am confident to highly recommend Susan to anyone who needs Business legal advice. “

Thomaie Hilaris Neris

Our Business Law Services

Business Startups

Are you ready for more sophisticated legal services but don’t want to pay “downtown” fees.

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WBE / MBE Certification

Obtaining certification is complex. We can help your business get certified as a WBE, MBE, VBE, or DBE.

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Family-owned Business

We understand that family-owned business owners feel that their employees, vendors and agents are also family.

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Succession Planning

Succession planning is for all ages, business shapes and sizes. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure financial security.

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Commercial Real Estate

We represent landlords and tenants in industrial, office, retail, and other commercial properties.

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Intellectual Property

We are here to protect your Intellectual Property (IP) and reach your business goals and objectives.

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Premier Employment Law

Unlock discounts on legal costs while getting great benefits and features, all for a low monthly or annual service fee.

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Employment Law

We can help navigate the complex web of employment laws that can be difficult for even a skilled HR professional.

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General Business Law

We provide legal counsel to your business so you can focus on what’s important, growing your business.

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Learn more about our legal services

Fill out the form to get in touch with our legal team. Or, call now at (847) 253-8800.





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