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Business Attorneys

Few things are more vital to the prosperity of our state than the growth and success of the closely held Arizona business. And there is no greater source of fulfillment for us as business lawyers than to help entrepreneurs realize their vision for their company.


Ron Adams and Ryan Scharber provide sophisticated business law services to closely held Arizona companies in a variety of key industries, at a lower cost and with more personal attention than at many larger, less efficient law firms.

Owners of growing companies in Chandler and the East Valley and throughout Arizona count on Hoopes, Adams & Scharber for essential services common to small and medium businesses, including:

Corporate and Business Transactions

  • Choice of entity (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited liability partnership and sole proprietorship)

  • Incorporation of a new or existing business

  • Qualification of foreign entities in Arizona

  • "Doing Business As" registrations for individuals and corporations

  • Business sales and purchases

  • Document review

  • Intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret protection)

  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements

  • Contract drafting and review

  • Negotiations

  • Buying and selling a business

  • Purchase and sale of goods and real property

  • Intellectual property contracts

  • Work for hire arrangements

Tax Planning and Dispute Resolution

  • Formation of business entities best suited to reduce taxes associated with formation and operation

Real Estate Law

  • Drafting and reviewing lease agreements

  • Drafting and reviewing purchase and sale agreements

  • Transfers of interests in real property

  • Section 1031 exchanges

Construction Law

  • Review and preparation of construction contracts



"One of the most important advantages of being a small business is the ability to move quickly when an opportunity presents itself. Any experienced business person knows you need to make these quick moves intelligently and professionally.

That is what Hoopes Adams & Scharber has provided for my business. They have been quick, thorough, and professional in providing straight business (legal) advice and other legal services for our corporations."

Teresa Ornelas, President/CEO
‘Great Impact! Inc.

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Business Planning: Protect What You Have Built  In business, risk tolerance can be your most valuable asset; in planning for your long-term future, it can be the greatest threat to your accumulated wealth

Business Succession Planning: Avoiding the Key Mistakes  A May 2012 WSJ article identifies some of the big mistakes business owners make in preparing for retirement, and it offers some useful suggestions for how to avoid them

Settlement of Tax Liabilities with the IRS  Information on settling tax liabilities through offers-in-compromise and installment agreements

S Corp Distributions Can Be Considered Taxable Wages  For self-employment tax purposes, characterization of funds disbursed by an S corporation to employee shareholders should be based on whether the payments were made as compensation for services performed

Ten Planning Issues in Preparing a Business for Sale  General information on steps to take to prepare a business for sale to maximize ease of transition and value

The Emotional Aspects of Selling a Business  It’s important for buyers and sellers to remember that no deal gets done unless the buyer thinks he’s paying too much and the seller thinks he’s giving it away.

Choosing an Arizona Business Entity  General information on available types of entities in which to conduct business

Life Insurance in Buy-Sell Agreements  Buy-sell agreements should address the disposition of life insurance policies when the need for coverage ends

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