You may want an attorney's help with your business if:

  • You are acquiring office space and are not sure what should or shouldn’t be included in the lease.
  • You are starting a business and are not sure if an LLC is the best option.
  • Your business is already up and running but you don’t have a contract for your clients to sign (or you do, but it’s a template you found online).
  • You are buying a business and the contract prepared by the seller is too informal.

Your business is your livelihood. It’s your baby. It’s what brings you passion and joy, but it’s also what brings you your income.

Sure, it’s easy to start a business without an attorney. Put together a website, get some emails out there and start recruiting customers. But what if a business relationship goes sour? How do you handle hiring employees or contractors? How do you protect the assets in your business?

Any time you start a new venture, but especially when your business is growing, it’s important to have all the legal pieces in place. You need to know that you are protected and that contracts and agreements are in place—before something goes wrong.

In addition to establishing start-up, ground-zero business documents, I can ensure a joint venture or partnership gets started on the right foot by establishing partner agreements. If you’re starting a business with a friend or family member, things might look rosy today but the last thing you want is to strain your personal relationship because you didn’t communicate fully at the beginning of your business relationship.

Small Business Attorney in Phoenix



LLC Set-up

Rental LLC Set-up

Contract Preparation

Contract Review


Basic LLC Set-Up

$500 (Includes filing fee) 

This includes:

  • phone consultation
  • preparation and filing Articles of Organization
  • (Optional) Statutory Agent services for one year (after first year $150)
  • tax identification number

Rental LLC Set-Up

$775 (Includes filing and recording fees) 

This includes:

  • everything in the basic LLC set up plus
  • the preparation and recording of a warranty deed
  • *the price for multiple Rental LLCs will be discounted*

Operating Agreement

$1000 (includes Buy/Sell provisions)

A business contract that describes the operations of an LLC setting forth the agreements between the members of the LLC (the owners).  Many refer to this as a partnership agreement.

Nicole Pavlik Law Firm will not prepare operating agreements for LLCs with more than two owners.

Contract Review

Typically $450-$600 but the length/complexity of the contract will determine the fee

Lease Review

Typically $850-$1650 but length/complexity of lease will determine the fee

Contract Preparation


  • Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Employment Contract
  • Service Agreement (agreement you would have your clients sign)
  • Asset Purchase Agreement


What is an Operating Agreement?

April 18, 2022

An operating agreement refers to a legal document outlining the rules and structural makeup of a limited liability company, or an LLC. The operating agreement recognizes the members of the LLC and lists how any business regarding the LLC will be conducted, such as voting procedures, how the funds will be allocated, and disciplinary mechanisms.…

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Benefits of a Partnership Agreement

January 30, 2022

Although a written partnership agreement is not required under Arizona law, it is critical to the success of your business, even if you are starting your partnership with someone you know and trust, like a family member or close friend. A partnership agreement is a legal document that dictates how the business is run and…

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Benefits of a Small Business Buy-Sell Agreement

October 20, 2021

Benefits of a Small Business Buy-Sell Agreement A buy-sell agreement, also known as a buyout agreement, is a legal contract between business owners that governs what happens if a partner dies, retires, or otherwise leaves the business. A buy-sell agreement benefits the business owners, their families, and the business itself. It is one of the…

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Top Reasons for Succession Planning for Your Business

June 21, 2021

Succession planning is an often-overlooked part of running a small business in Phoenix. Business owners are usually heavily focused on the day-to-day operations of their company and put off planning for a future where they will no longer be in charge. However, there are numerous benefits of having an effective succession plan in place. Below…

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Arizona PPP Loan Forgiveness Details For Phoenix

April 22, 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was lifesaving for many Arizona businesses struggling to survive the COVID pandemic. Although called a loan, if recipients follow the correct requirements, one hundred percent of the PPP funds can be forgiven, essentially turning the loan into a business grant. The government does not automatically forgive PPP loans in Arizona.…

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Why Do You Need a Business Attorney in Phoenix?

May 29, 2020

Why Do You Need a Business Attorney in Phoenix? There are a variety of different reasons why you should work with a business attorney. Although it is a cost upfront, hiring a Phoenix business attorney can save your business a lot of money in the long run. Below are six reasons why you should work…

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Is Phoenix, Arizona a Good Place to Start a Business?

April 2, 2020

Is Phoenix, Arizona a Good Place to Start a Business? Phoenix is one of the best cities in the country to start a business. It was recently ranked as the ninth-best U.S. city to start a business in 2020 by Inc. Magazine. Notable companies located in Phoenix include mattress maker Tuft & Needle and meal…

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Estate Planning Challenges for Increased Life Expectancy in Phoenix, Arizona

March 10, 2020

According to the Journal of the American Medical Academy, Arizona’s life expectancy was 79.3 years in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. However, life expectancy is only the average number of years a person can expect to live, and many Phoenix residents will live many years past 80. With increasing life…

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Key Items to Include In Your Business Planning Toolbox

July 14, 2019

There are many steps that you must take and documents that you must create when starting a business. Taking the time to prepare your business in the beginning can have huge payoffs later on and help you avoid disasters. Below is a list of general items that you should include in your business planning toolbox.…

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Interesting 2019 Cases Before the Courts in Phoenix, AZ

July 7, 2019

  Below are a few of the interesting cases before the courts in Phoenix, Arizona. Death Penalty Sentencing In 1993, James Erin McKinney was sentenced to death for murder. McKinney was abused as a child and continued to suffer from PTSD throughout his adult life, but the judge did not consider his childhood history during…

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