Eric S. Hartman

Eric S. Hartman

Eric S. Hartman is a southern California attorney with several decades of experience and offices conveniently Huntington Beach, close to the greater Long Beach-Lakewood area as well as Seal Beach and other coastal Orange County communities.

Firm Overview

Mr. Hartman places an emphasis on personally meeting with clients and honestly analyzing their legal needs and objectives. He has earned the highest peer rating available from the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service based on competency and ethics. Having practiced in most areas of civil law, Mr. Hartman's current law practice emphasizes (1) business law, from start-ups to well established local and national busiinesses, including business transactional and business litigation matters; (2) estate planning, including durable powers of attorney, advance health care directives, wills and trusts; (3) probate; (4) contract law (including contract review and preparation of customized and unique agreements); and (5) real estate law, including real estate purchase and sale transactions, commercial and residential leases, and document review.

Our office offers a free initial consultation for probate, estate planning and business formation/entity selection matters, and a reduced initial consultation fee for other hourly fee legal matters. The office accepts VISA, Discover, and Mastercard payments, as well as checks, and there is free parking. Please visit the other pages on this website for additional information.

Main Office

Main Office
7755 Center Ave., Suite 1100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647




Business, Corporate, Limited Liability Company, Partnership Services


The process usually begins with a free consultation regarding what is involved in starting a new business, with attention to the best type of business entity (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company or corporation) to use, requirements and procedures for setting up the business, asset protection considerations, other business team members with whom relationships should be established, agreements (such as leases) that might be needed, etc. For information on choice of entity, see the discussion under that header below.


Converting one form of business to another type of entity. Most often, this involves converting an existing sole proprietorship or partnership business to a corporation or LLC due to asset protection concerns, addition of owners, or for other reasons.


Mr. Hartman has represented both buyers and sellers of businesses, from small Amom and pop@ businesses to multi-million dollar transactions. It is important that the asset sale or stock sale agreement be carefully crafted with attention to due diligence issues and various checklists to be sure all of the details are attended to. Often the process begins with a Memorandum of Understanding or Letter of Intent to be sure that the parties are in agreement on the general concepts and key points before a definitive agreement is drafted. The process is on-going until close of the sale escrow.


While it may seem obvious, it bears stating that corporations need to act like corporations if the limited liability protection that the shareholders expect, is to be realized and maintained. This means that the corporate minute book should show that meetings of shareholders and directors occur regularly (we recommend at least annually), and if there is only one shareholder or director, that there be written actions of the shareholder and director in the minute book, all of which memorialize important decisions and actions taken by the shareholders and the directors during the period of time covered by the minutes or written action. Mr. Hartman assists his corporate clients with this process by sending them a detailed questionnaire once a year, which they can fill out and return, so that meaningful actions or minutes can be prepared. Of course, during the year, minutes of special meetings can be prepared at any time when advisable. Further, the corporation should not appear to be merely the alter ego of the individual owner, with cash, for example, passing back and forth between the shareholder and the corporation as needs arise, without adequate documentation as salary, loans, etc. Mr. Hartman acts as outside corporate counsel for many corporations that are not large enough to support a full-time corporate legal department. Typically, a corporate legal department would manage all litigation involving the corporation, including locating out-of-state counsel for any court actions pending in other states, complete all periodic corporate filings in timely manner, maintain board and committee minutes and records, conduct due diligence on behalf of the corporation whenever necessary, draft and review contracts to which the corporation is a party, negotiate and review leases, consult with respect to employment issues and contracts, maintain calendars of relevant deadlines and expiration dates, including those applicable to trademarks, patents, domain names, and security interests.


The DIY trend resulting in articles of incorporation and articles or organization being filed by accountants, bookkeepers, and by individuals through various online services, has resulted in many incomplete entities that offer no asset protection, that are merely the alter egos of their incorporators, do not observe the necessary formalities and are not maintained. Often, stock, for example, has never been issued in such corporations. We can determine what has or hasn't been done and what is needed to complete the process.


All businesses encounter needs to draft, review or revise agreements. These can be commercial leases, property purchase agreements, equipment leases, employment agreements for key personnel, independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements, consulting agreements, product sales and security agreements, and promissory notes, to name a few. With respect to the formation of new businesses, agreements can include shareholders= agreements, operating agreements (for LLC's), and buy-sell agreements. You need experienced counsel who has drafted and reviewed such agreements in the past for other clients.

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Eric S. Hartman

Eric S. Hartman

Eric S. Hartman first began practicing as a Long Beach attorney in 1970, following graduation from law school at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) with a Juris Doctor degree. Mr. Hartman's undergraduate work was at Whittier College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in a group major of economics and business administration. Since 1980, Mr. Hartman's office has been located in the Market Place Office Park, conveniently located in East Long Beach, where he serves clients primarily located in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Mr. Hartman has received the highest possible rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system, an AV rating based upon confidential peer reviews by other attorneys and the judiciary.

Mr. Hartman has taught business law as an adjunct professor at Cal State University, Long Beach, is a member of the Long Beach Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has chaired the Arbitration Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the Legislative Committee of the Long Beach Bar Association, and has served on its Board of Governors. He has been a delegate to the State Bar's Conference of Delegates.


Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California