We seek to empower our clients when dealing with legal matters. This means ensuring that all of our communications with you are drafted in simple, clear and plain English. We want you to understand our services so that you can develop a deeper understanding of the legal matter at hand. By knowing how these issues impact your business, you can forsee and manage them better.
Innovative & Practical
Our approach to legal services is to give you practical advice. Because the law cannot exist in isolation, our assessments and advice incorporate your business realities. This focus on practical solutions also extends to innovation and technology in our own systems to help us work fast and efficiently.
Good communication is an important part of building a strong relationship, so we are available to talk when you need us. We want to ensure that our advice is accessible. Our complete contact details are provided to you later in this document.
A team-based approach leads to better, more efficient outcomes. Our clients are an integral part of the team, and we work with you rather than for you. Because of this, we educate the client about the steps we need to take, as well as the reasoning behind them.
Inspired & Passionate
We enjoy our work and the part we play in the lives of people and businesses who trust us. Because we enjoy serving you, we want you to enjoy working with us. We try to resolve issues in a collaborative way, rather than with conflict as a first resort. This usually leads to cost saving, better solutions and lasting outcomes for all parties.
We are committed to helping you meet your business and legal needs.
Areas of Practice
Corporate Structuring & Reorganization
By sophisticated we do not mean expensive or overly complicated. Your corporate structure can be sophisticated enough to allow for tax planning, asset protection and proper exit strategies, but can be streamlined and elegant at the same time.
International Business & Trade
More businesses are looking into expanding their presence around the globe.
You don’t have to have a large corporation to take your business into new markets. There are international expansion opportunities for many small and mid-sized companies looking to grow. It can take many forms such as setting up a subsidiary inbound or outbound to or from Canada, joint ventures, distributions or straight export. Expanding to new jurisdictions opens your business to a broader client base and increased business growth.
Most business relationships you will encounter can be written into an agreement.
Our approach is that if the relationship or your interest is important enough to protect, you will most likely need a contract for it. Our service for contracts includes drafting as well as reviewing.
The Canadian government’s CanExport program provides support to small and mid-sized companies who are looking beyond our borders to grow their businesses.
Our team can help your business with its financing needs, whether through conventional bank financing, private lending or raising public investment.
Buying & Selling a Business
The purchase or sale of a business can be done in a number of ways, and each method has different factors to consider.
Generally, it can be structured as buying or selling the shares of the operating company, or the assets of the business. A hybrid of share and asset sale is also possible. Each of these methods have different tax and liability considerations.
Successful businesses often rely on developing positive relationships with their employees by establishing clear expectations.
As a business expands and takes on more employees it can be difficult to maintain the delicate balance of meeting those obligations while simultaneously running a successful business.
Banking & Securities Law
There are different ways to get commercial financing, and each has its own legal rules. Conventional financing is the most common, and banks and financing institutions each have their own set of contracts and security requirements.
Tax & Estate Planning
Estate and succession planning for the business owner is closely linked with corporate succession.
Proper estate planning has many benefits, such as tax savings and certainty among beneficiaries. A common problem is that people in our aging demographic do their succession planning too late, and miss out on many of the tax saving opportunities, for example the savings that a discretionary family trust may bring.
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I will continue to use Du Plooy Law for all of our business needs for years to come!”
Highly recommended if you're looking for experienced legal counsel that is well versed in business law both locally and internationally. I have worked with Claudius on a variety of business projects.
I feel our dollars are spent well, the charges fair, and I look forward to our continued business successes."
Work that Du Plooy did for me involved personal estate planning, on which I found them to be very knowledgeable and competent. They were great listeners in quickly understanding and assessing a complicated personal situation. Their counsel showed attention to detail including identifying, educating and advising me concerning related legal issues; as well as fast follow-up in preparing and completing the related documents.
I believe I received good value for my money, and certainly intend to use their services again in the future for both personal and business needs.
They are always available with the support you require to take your business to the next level or to discuss and adjust contract details when opportunities arise."
He is experienced, efficient and in turn has saved me a great deal of headaches over the years. I highly recommend."
The team at Du Plooy Law went over and above to answer every one of my questions (there were many!), they had patience with my 'particular-ness' and always had suggestions but didn't push anything on me. Further, they were really organized with all the paperwork for my company incorporations which made setting-up business bank accounts much easier; I got complimented at the bank on the thoroughness of the paperwork!
I absolutely recommend Du Plooy Law and will be a repeat customer for any legal needs down the road.”
I certainly recommend him to other business owners.”
Advice given in the early days saved me huge headaches later on, and has paid consistent value over the years, not only in legal service but in above and beyond service.
I would, and do, refer any and all of my network to their service without reservation."
That's why Rainmaker Global works with them!”
He shows true interest and support for me and my business."