Chicago Business Lawyers
After 44+ years of helping business owners, the experienced Chicago business lawyers of Bellas & Wachowski understand one thing: business owners want sound business strategy advice. A good business lawyer should help clients increase revenue, protect the business and provide strategic and trusted advice. To do this a lawyer needs a high level of understanding of business and issues confronting business owners. The lawyer should be capable of giving advice on core business strategy issues to help the business owner avoid the many traps that exist to businesses and their owners.We are the "In-House Counsel" for Small Business Owners™
When confronted with legal issues, small business owners and entrepreneurs typically attempt to solve them by themselves. Short of a catastrophe or other significant event, small business owners rarely call their attorneys – and a good reason: Most attorneys can only enable transactions and minimize risk. And, since many law firms charge more than $500 per hour – firms other than Bellas & Wachowski, that is – it is not uncommon for small business owners to try to avoid what may seem to be an excessive expense. But that is a mistake. At Bellas & Wachowski we cultivate a relationship with our business clients that helps avoid problems before they develop.Business owners who fail to retain experienced and trusted counsel engage in a self-defeating practice, creating bigger problems in the long run. Invest in a Long Term Relationship with a Trusted Counselor
By investing in a relationship with Chicago Business Lawyers who are familiar with your business before problems develop, business owners are making an investment in preventive law which pays big dividends in the future. At Bellas & Wachowski, our Chicago business lawyers have maintained long term relationships with many business clients and have helped them grow and prosper.
We have become trusted business advisors to our clients. We work closely with each client, offering comprehensive services and working, as our trademarked motto states as The "In-House Counsel" for Small Business Owners.™ An example of our all-encompassing approach is our Corporate Maintenance Plan™ which has repeatedly proven effective in saving our corporate clients significant expense and hassle.
Don't take our word for it, look at what our clients say:
“George and his team of lawyers has been helping me and my business interests for over 20 years. He does so much more than simply provide legal advice. His business acumen has helped my business interests weather storms and, more importantly, avoid many pitfalls. When a crisis arises, George has a way of working through the problem quickly and efficiently. I have now come to rely on George as a trusted business counselor and call him frequently just to discuss business in general and get his considered perspective.”
- Mark Cottone, Diversified Assembly Products
“I relied on George as a trusted advisor for over 30 years. When I organized and began developing my child care centers, George helped me with the organization, financing and structure. I have relied on George for his advice and I trust his wisdom in helping me deal with complex issues.”
- Phyllis Ward, The Children’s House
"We consulted Bellas & Wachowski on our employment related issues and in structuring our organization to protect our customer list and trade secrets. The advice and representation we have received from Bellas & Wachowski has been invaluable in helping us sustain and grow our business."
- John Rippinger, President, Resource Brokerage, LLC
"We consulted with Bellas & Wachowski to help us organize our business enterprise and to create agreements between the owners. Not only were we provided excellent legal advice, but we also received sound, business advice from lawyers who are very experienced in business and law. We rely on Bellas & Wachowski and highly recommend them."
- Derrick Mysliwiec , Rafikni Illinois, LLC
"We started a non-for-profit corporation to conduct a beauty pageant for women of Polish descent and to send the winner to compete in an international pageant. George Bellas guided us through the entire process and vigorously defended us when a lawsuit was filed by another contest operator challenging the rights to our name. Mr. Bellas' perseverance resulted in a successful defense of this matter in the state of Connecticut. As a result of Mr. Bellas' efforts, our contest continues under the name Miss Polish America and we have been able to continue to provide benefits to young women of Polish descent."
- Agnieszka Zakreta Iskra, Miss Polish America
"We contacted Bellas & Wachowski when we were ready to start up our new business. In helping set up our new business Bellas & Wachowski also provided sound business advice. We feel very confident that whenever a legal matter arises in our business Bellas & Wachowski will provide us with sound, practical legal counsel at affordable prices."
- Kevin McEnery, President, International Cutting Die, Inc., Melrose Park, Illinois.
"Over the years Bellas & Wachowski has provided us with legal counsel. Whatever legal issues arise, Bellas & Wachowski has given us professional, legal counsel and protected our interest."
- Joseph Gallo, President, Workmasters, Inc., Des Plaines, Illinois
"Bellas & Wachowski has been a valued member of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry since 1994, providing leadership, support and solid advice in many areas including labor and employment law, valuable startup services for new businesses and corporate support for established companies. With a diverse population in our area, Bellas & Wachowski also provides multicultural support in several languages."
- Richard Ornberg, Executive Director, Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry
At Bellas & Wachowski, we are proud of our long record helping our business clients thrive. The leader of our business law practice, senior partner George Bellas, has few peers in business law among Chicago lawyers, handling everything from business organizations, contract formation, partnership disputes and business dissolutions. Geo only works only with small and mid-sized businesses, and has experience in all manner of business law matters professionally, competently and economically. The convenient suburban location was selected in order to better serve the needs of our business clients who don’t want to waste time traveling into the City. Contact George directly at 847.823.9039 or firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with an experienced Chicago Business lawyer about your business matter.
To best serve our business clients we have developed a series of web pages designed to help business owners gain a basic understanding of some of the most common issues facing business owners. See the list of pages below.
- Single Member LLC
- What's the Purpose of a Shareholders' Agreement
- Corporate Maintenance Plan for Small Businesses™
- Starting an Illinois Limited Liability Company
- Incorporate Your Business
- Comparison of LLC with Other Forms of Business
- Section 1031 Tax Free Exchanges of Real Property
- What to Ask When Starting a Business
- Shareholders' Buy-Sell Agreements
- Know Your Rights in a Mortgage Foreclosure
- Trade Secrets are Valuable Business Assets
- Business Continuation Planning
- Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Start My Business
- Creating Legally Binding Contracts for Your Small Business
- Corporation or LLC
- Confusion About the Affordable Health Care Act
- Sample Workplace Weapons Policy
- Internet Usage Creates Jurisdiction Issues
- Should Small Business Owners invest in Bitcoin?
- Old Judgments Article
- Does Your Business Need an Assumed Name
- Should Your Website Be ADA Compliant?
- Tax Differences Between LLCs and S Corps
- CyberSecurity Tips