Business Lawyer serving San Francisco’s East Bay

Concord, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore & Beyond…

Jonathan C. Watts, East Bay Business LawyerAs an East Bay Business Lawyer, I am honored to serve individuals, entrepreneurs, professionals and small businesses with a wide range of business and contract issues, tax planning and tax controversy and estate planning matters. My clients are spread out the scenic 680 corridor in the East Bay area including the cities of Concord, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore and beyond. While some of my clients I have never met in person — just by phone — for those I do meet personally, it is typical that after an initial sit down introductory meeting, that most business law matters are resolved or hammered out using phone, fax, email and USPS. Because of these efficiencies, legal work has never been more convenient, mobile and affordable.

Contract Negotiation – Contract Drafting & Review

Group of multi ethnic business people at work discussing a projectThe State and Federal courts are inundated with legal cases involving Business transactions gone awry. Although no one plans on a problem, anyone who has participated in the Business world will likely agree that any Business arrangement or Partnership agreement has the likelihood of encountering misunderstandings and disagreements. Because of this, and before you proceed on a handshake, a verbal agreement, a hastily cobbled together document, or crossing your fingers that all will go well, It makes good business sense to invest a few hours with a informed and cost effective Business lawyer who will help you protect yourself and your Business from the inevitable legal challenges that will arise.

One such Business owner and client, N.C., says it well: “We have been in business over 10 years and have worked with several lawyers over the years. Jonathan Watts so far is the best business lawyer I have ever worked with. Mr. Watts is very professional and knowledgeable about contract law. He helped our firm develop several contracts. Mr. Watts is very easy to work with. Highly recommended!!”

Preventing Potential Business Problems – Solving Existing Ones…

Business lawyer Jonathan C. Watts works directly with professionals, entrepreneurs and small Business owners in the East Bay 580/680 corridor and surrounding cities of Oakland, Walnut Creek, Concord, Hayward, Pleasanton, Livermore and beyond. Jonathan is well-known and respected for providing quality, cost effective and business supportive services that include:

  • Business Consulting: Practical Advice and Honest Information about Business and Tax issues;
  • Business Formation: Corporations, LLC’s, and Nonprofit Organizations;Partnership & LLC Agreements with Tax analysis and Allocation;
  • Business Dissolution: Closing a Business Properly, Proper Entity Shut Down;
  • Business Contracts: Contract Review, Contract Drafting, Contract Negotiation;
  • Business & Corporate Transactions: Start-Up Advice, Formation, Entity Maintenance, Contracts, Secured Transactions;
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Mergers, Acquisitions, Asset & Stock purchases;
  • Drafting and Reviewing Stock Purchase Agreements, Asset Purchase Agreements;
  • Drafting and Reviewing LLC Operating Agreements, and Shareholder Agreements;
  • Structuring various types of Financial Arrangements;
  • Venture Capital, Finance and Security: Venture Capital, Private Placements, Securities & Financing Needs;
  • Commercial Tenancy Matters: Commercial Leases DO NOT have the same protections as residential leases;
  • Commercial Leases: Drafting & Reviewing Commercial Loan & Lease Agreements to best protect you;
  • Providing Counsel in connection with Commercial Real Estate Transactions including: Commercial Construction Contracts: Real Estate Purchase Agreements: Tenant Improvement Agreements and Commercial Leases.
  • Serving as General Counsel for “For-Profit” and “Non-Profit” Companies;
  • Advising Boards of Directors and Shareholders.

Business Law ❖ Tax Law ❖ Estate Planning

BUSINESS MATTERS – Every Business is vulnerable to Legal Problems…

Which business entity is right for me?Jonathan C. Watts is a unique and cost-effective resource to Professionals and Business Owners alike. With Jonathan overseeing your legal issues, there is no need to burden yourself with the cost and inefficiencies of hiring 2, 3, or even 4 lawyers. Jonathan knows that the ideal Business lawyer should encompass a thorough understanding of Business law as well as have a “finger on the pulse” of the most recent Tax law changes. Possessing these qualities has enabled him to become an affordable one-stop-shop for East Bay Professionals, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.

As one of Jonathan’s clients, M.M., who is a E-Commerce Owner and Web Designer, aptly states: “Jonathan’s professionalism and eloquence are reflected in his work. With proficiency and skillfulness, he tailored all documents to our specific needs. He secured our peace of mind so that we could confidently pursue our business endeavors and he made the whole process feel easy and uncomplicated. Without any hesitancy, we will certainly acquire his services for any future work.”

Jonathan C. Watts is an experienced Business lawyer – Your prospering Business must be vigilant in the development and revisions of your basic Operating Documents and in the shrewd and meticulous review of your long-term commitments such as Leases for office, warehouse, or retail space. Additionally, it is advisable to have a well-drafted and comprehensive Employee or Independent Contractor Agreement developed before hiring employees or independent contractors. An experienced, thorough and astute Business lawyer will prove to be an invaluable asset to your growing company and in protecting yourself and your company from unnecessary legal exposure.

As a colleague of Jonathan’s succinctly states:“Jonathan is a very communicative attorney, with impeccable integrity. He combines his analytical skills with his strong interpersonal relationship skills.” Jonathan’s law skills are only superseded by his forthright, honest and straightforward personal style.

TAX CONSIDERATIONS – Every Business is vulnerable to Tax Problems…

Jonathan C. Watts is a qualified and informed Tax lawyer – Every major business transaction has serious tax ramifications both short and long-term that need to be assessed. Having a Tax Lawyer review your major transactions may make the difference between realizing a profit or owing the government excess taxes. Businesses must watch out for legal vulnerabilities while paying close attention to the bottom-line. Jonathan can help you and your Business handle the often convoluted and tricky tax liabilities that will arise. Jonathan bolstered his tax knowledge by completing a Masters in Taxation, in 2011, and has been deftly representing his tax clients since.

ESTATE PLANNING – Every Individual will Benefit by having an Estate Plan

There are many variations to an estate plan and each one can be custom tailored to your unique personal or family situation. A typical estate plan will avoid expensive and prolonged probate and can be specifically designed to fit your specific needs. Having a well-fitting estate plan (1) will keep your estate out of the probate court system; (2) will keep your family and financial affairs private; (3) will have a definite plan as to who receives your money and property on your passing; (4) will provide for your surviving spouse; (5) will be set up to save estate and gift taxes; (6) will minimize property tax increases on your passing and (7) will take into consideration income tax implications on transfer of money and property.

WEB & E-COMMERCE – Internet Law, e-Commerce, Terms of Use

As a Technology, Internet-Based, E-Commerce or Multimedia Professional or Company knows, your focus is getting your code, your design, your software, your product or service into your customers’ hands as quickly and efficiently as possible. The last thing you want to be doing is worrying about legal issues like whether your intellectual property is adequately protected and facing endless hours of tedious negotiations that can dampen your enthusiasm and derail your productivity.

Jonathan’s client, J.P., who is a Computer Software Senior Manager, simply says: “He’s very calming and good at dealing with hysterical and/or crazy and/or nervous people, and scrupulously honest.”

Jonathan C. Watts is an Internet and Computer Technology attorney – Located conveniently in San Ramon, California and immediately off the 680 freeway, Jonathan has been providing trusted advice and needed assistance to cutting-edge Internet Entrepreneurs and Businesses engaged in E-Commerce, New Media, and Promoting/Providing services on the web. Jonathan also offers invaluable help to Programmers, Graphic Designers, Website Developers, Software Developers, APP Developers and other New Media Professionals in developing workable and enforceable Website Terms-of-Use (TOU) and Terms of Service (TOS) Agreements, website privacy policies, Website Development Agreements, Content Agreements, Copyright Agreements, and more.

Jonathan’s client, C.K., who is a Web Designer and Developer, and who Jonathan has assisted with Internet related issues, expresses it well:“He has worked with us in a variety of ways and has helped guide us in the process of bringing a new product to market.  He is, above all, trustworthy and easy to work with.  He does what he says and says what he does.  His work product gives us the confidence and security that we are heading in the right direction. I have since recommended Jonathan to others who are equally happy with him.  I will continue to enthusiastically recommend Jonathan to anyone who has a need for an attorney.”

Any person or Business that has a website for their Personal, Professional, or Business Promotion; from a simple “Web-Presence,” or an E-Commerce Website would be well-advised to have an effective terms-of-use website agreement to prevent both legitimate and frivolous lawsuits.

Every Business Person needs a Business Lawyer on Speed Dial

jonathan-evo-200aOnce you become aware of how legally exposed you are– why not give Jonathan C. Watts a call? He’ll welcome the opportunity to give you sound legal advice, coach you through the possible legal challenges that develop along the way and most-importantly — look after you and your Business’ best interests.

As with all of his clients, Jonathan’s goal – is to make help you take a few wise and affordable steps to protect yourself personally and shield you from the pitfalls that can cripple your Personal and Business future.

This is just a basic overview and is not legal advice specific to your situation.

Give East Bay Business Lawyer Jonathan C. Watts a call at 925-217-3255 to arrange a consultation with him about your Business and Personal Objectives. Or you can EMAIL Jonathan at

Serving East Bay individuals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, contractors, and business owners in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties CA including the cities of: Alameda, Alamo, Albany, Amador Valley, Amador, Antioch, Berkeley, Brentwood, Castro Valley, Concord, Crockett, Danville, Diablo, Dublin, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Hercules, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Livermore Valley, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Newark, Oakland, Oakley, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Pablo, San Ramon Valley, San Ramon, Union City and Walnut Creek.

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