Practice Areas

Michael Wales understands the critical issues in all aspects of business ownership and management, including  buying or selling a  business; addressing regulatory issues and contractual relationships; franchising; expansion; financing; and the like, whether your business is land-based or participating in the maritime or aviation industry.   Our solutions are tailored to your needs and to the demands of the industry.

If you own a small business or maritime or aviation company and require guidance on legal issues, please call The Wales Law Firm, P.C. at 619-493-1700. We represent a wide variety of clients from coast to coast , and even internationally, handling general business, and maritime law matters including, but not limited to the following:

LLC and Corporate Entity Formation, Contracts, Leases, Partnership Agreements, Insurance, Business Purchase and Sale Agreements
Including employment issues, contract drafting and negotiations, insurance review, business disputes, and more.

Business and/or Asset Acquisition or Sale
Liability analysis, choice of entity, business formation, ownership succession, charter operations and sales, use and property taxation.

Financing, Escrow and  Lender or Borrower Matters
Security issues, buyers' representation, escrow management, lenders' counsel services provided for worldwide banks and more.

State, Federal and International Tax Matters Regarding Business, Yacht or Airplane Sales and Purchases
Second home interest deductions, suitability analysis, capital gains tax concerns, federal income tax analysis, sales and use tax considerations, international value-added tax and more.

Arbitration, Mediation and Appeals
State and federal mediation, arbitration, and appellate services related to business disputes, insurance disputes, damage and personal injury claims, warranty claims, and more.

Maritime Liens
A lien that arises by operation of law automatically and gives the lienholder a property right in maritime property (for example, vessels) and the right to foreclose the lien in admiralty.

Representation of Business, Real Estate, Yacht, and Aviation Brokers
Assistance with the terms and conditions of buy-sell claims, representation in consumer fraud cases, regulatory concerns and more.

Cargo and/or Freight Loss Claims
Also known as cargo claims, shipping claims, or transportation claims, are legal demands by a shipper, consignee, or product owner to a carrier for financial reimbursement for a loss or damage to a shipment.