Stone Pigman's innovative CornerStone Program provides entrepreneurs and startups with customized legal services to help establish, protect and grow their businesses. As trusted advisors, we educate CornerStone participants on their legal options at every stage of their business's life cycle and provide straightforward legal services that match the needs and goals of the business. From corporate formations, operating agreements and trademark filings, to incentive stock option plans, mergers and acquisitions and securities private placement documentation, the CornerStone Program can handle all the legal needs of startups and emerging companies.
A critical element of any new business is to have a solid legal foundation that provides protection to its owners while preparing the business for the next steps of its evolution. Many entrepreneurs and new business owners are surprised by legal issues and often do not have a comprehensive understanding of how the law affects their business deals and transactions. Stone Pigman lawyers team with CornerStone participants to identify and assess legal needs and concerns, prioritize business objectives and implement legal strategies to facilitate those objectives. Our proactive approach helps CornerStone participants avoid unnecessary legal surprises and enables entrepreneurs to focus on what matters most: their business ventures.
Stone Pigman is aware of the financial burdens placed on new businesses. To help entrepreneurs and startups, we have developed a variety of low-cost legal packages and alternative billing structures for pre-approved CornerStone Program participants. These include flat-fee arrangements for specific legal transactions and documents, reduced hourly rates for more complex legal matters and arrangements for payment at closing.
CornerStone Application Process
Stone Pigman encourages entrepreneurs and startups to apply for the CornerStone Program. Applications are reviewed on a regular basis, and follow-up interviews will be required. Some of the criteria that will be evaluated are:
- Company's stage of development.
- Marketability of product, service or concept.
- Applicants' understanding of their market and industry.
- Applicants' business plan.
- September 16, 2014