Wells Small Fleharty & Weil provides full service counsel to companies ranging from start-ups to mature companies in a full range of industries. Our services cover the vast range of challenges and opportunities clients encounter throughout the business lifecycle, from formation to compliance, governance, asset protection, acquisitions and taxation planning through to ultimate transfer, sale or merger of your business.

Since 1970, our firm has been handling the most challenging assignments for the most interesting clients. For every business client, our law firm strives to be immediately accessible, provide value to every endeavor and advance strategic objectives, all in a financially efficient manner. We pride ourselves on taking time to learn your business.

Start-Ups/Entity Formation

Our business lawyers have, over the last decade alone, formed 100’s of entities and drafted 1000’s of agreements. Although we regularly represent established companies, we also welcome start-ups.

Our services range from formation, merger, reorganization, and dissolution of C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC’s), limited liability partnerships (LLP’s), sole-proprietorships, and other forms of business entities in California and when appropriate, other jurisdictions.

If you are considering starting a new company or want to expand or reorganize an existing commercial enterprise, you want lawyers who carefully consider your business objectives and recommend a business structure that best protects your interests, with a keen sensitivity to attendant income tax and regulatory issues.


Over the last decade alone, our business lawyers have counseled clients in the sales or mergers of many 100s of businesses over a wide range of industries.

We have handled complex mergers, stock and asset sales, redemption and recapitalizations, management buy-outs, third party sales, divestitures, inter-generation transfers and acquisitions by buyers of all types and varieties. We assist with drafting documents, negotiating and consummating business transactions, assessing liability and completing due diligence. We understand the complex tax and regulatory issues that surround these transactions.

First and foremost, we consider the best interests of our clients and pride ourselves on closing deals.


In the last decade alone, our business attorneys have drafted and reviewed many thousands of agreements and contracts. We regularly draft, review, prepare, interpret and enforce agreements and contracts of all variations and complexities.

We can assist you with contract drafting that meets your needs, contract review to pinpoint inconsistencies and unacceptable clauses, contract negotiation in a manner that fits your business approach and contract litigation, when you need to enforce your rights or protect yourself from allegations from another party.
We have prepared many business sale agreements, employment agreements, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, consulting agreements, business and real estate sale agreements, licensing agreements, prenuptial agreements, non-disclosure agreements, pre-formation agreements, sales contracts, manufacturing agreements, security agreements, lease agreements, merger agreements and most types of agreements regularly encountered by businesses.


Our business lawyers often act as outside general counsel to help clients anticipate, address and resolve the day-to-day realities of today’s business climate. We have assisted clients in nearly every industry, including agriculture, farming and ranching, healthcare, entertainment, retail, financial services, construction, manufacturing, water and real estate development.

Often in conjunction with these services we are called upon to resolve complex taxation, regulatory, estate tax, employee relation issues and provide counsel regarding risks and due diligence. Our lawyers include certified specialists in taxation and estate planning, real estate brokers and former governmental employees.


Our business lawyers are sensitive to income tax ramifications of your business decisions and will incorporate their knowledge into the advice they provide. We can assist you in the important tax matters such as the tax implications from the formation and structure of your business, analysis of the tax implications of specific business transactions, consideration of your individual tax issues, tax planning to maximize benefits allowed by law and legitimately minimize individual and business income tax.

When the time comes to make business acquisitions, or transfer, sell or merge your business, we can also assist you and your advisors with navigating those important issues.

We are familiar with California and Federal Income and estate tax applied to corporations, partnerships, LLCs and individuals, as well as sales, property and excise taxes. We have represented taxpayers before the IRS, the United States Tax Court, the Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and many county property tax assessors.

Be sure to take a look at Frederick Weil’s page on our site, he is Redding’s esteemed tax attorney and will be able to assist with your business taxation matters.