Stop! Don’t Sign a Contract Unless You Are Insured and Prepared to Assume the Risk

One of the costliest mistakes a business can make is to sign a contract without reading and negotiating its terms. The attorneys at Blitch Westley Barrette conduct thorough and prompt reviews of our clients’ contracts so that business moves forward, and revenue comes through the door. We understand the time constraints in the logistics industry, and we are qualified counsel here to ensure that your business is not assuming liability for a risk that your company is not able to control or insure against. Our skilled attorneys our here to help you review, draft, and negotiate your transportation law contracts, including:

  • Broker-Motor Carrier Agreements
  • Shipper-Carrier Agreements
  • Broker-Shipper Agreements
  • Freight-Forwarder and other Third-Party Logistics Agreements
  • Warehouse Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Equipment Lease and Purchase Agreements

Because insurance is a critical component of any contract review, we also work closely with our clients and their insurance agents to (1) review coverages and coverage limits; (2) analyze exclusions in risk; and (3) evaluate coverage options for risk(s) assumed in operations.

Protect Yourself from Personal Liability and Protect Your Business Operations

Are you following your corporate due diligence? Do you have corporate books ? Have your stock certificates and membership units been properly executed and reflect the current ownership? Is your transaction ledger current? The attorneys at Blitch Westley Barrette are here to assist your business in adhering to important corporate due diligence responsibilities. Often, companies realize too late the importance of keeping up with their corporate books and ensuring that their charter documents (things like your bylaws and operating agreement) reflect operations. Strategic plaintiff lawyers will look at ways to target individual owners and obtain judgments against affiliated entities where these important practices are not maintained and managed.

We are here to help you with:

  • Corporate filings and amendments, including foreign corporation filings
  • Drafting and amending bylaws, operating agreements and corporate resolutions
  • Drafting minutes, updating transaction ledgers, completing and updating corporate books

Succession Planning for Your Business

Many of our clients are second and third generation companies, passed down to sons, daughters and other family members. Protect your legacy and ensure that your business is not liquidated in the event an owner or member, through death or disability, is no longer able to run the company. The attorneys at Blitch Westley Barrette work with our clients to draft key succession documents to ensure the company’s fate is not subject to the hands of a probate judge.

Buying, Selling or Enhancing Your Business for the Market

As capacity and demand for freight and other services fluctuate, you may find it is time to adjust the size of your fleet, hire more drivers or bring in new business. The attorneys at Blitch Westley Barrette are here to assist you in shaping your business for the future, whether that is to adjust to current market conditions, or to retire to the Colorado Rockies. Among the many changes that life and business may bring, we are here to help you with:

  • Finance Agreements
  • Broker-Agent Agreements
  • Employee and Driver Lease AgreementsĀ 
  • Women, Veteran, and Minority Owned Business Designations
  • Filing and transferring Operating Authorities (Broker, Motor Carrier, Freight-Forwarder)
  • Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Due Diligence Requests and review of company documents
  • Drafting and Negotiating Purchase Agreements (Asset and Stock), together with related business documents
  • Restructuring Operations and Corporate Structure
  • Vehicle Lease Agreements
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Dissolutions