Law Office of Nina Yablok

Law Office of Nina Yablok

In House Counsel for businesses not quite large enough for in-house counsel. Cost effective, responsive, experienced. Business Formations - Contracts - Intellectual Property - Mergers and Acquisitions. I DO NOT HANDLE BUSINESS DISPUTES.

Firm Overview

First, since I get a lot of referrals about disputes... I don't handle disputes with businesses. I handle legal matters FOR businesses.

And since I'm a sole proprietorship, this section is actually about the firm and about me.

I'm a Plug & Play General Counsel for Your Business
You know your business. But all that “legal stuff” can loom heavy in the shadows. It can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s what I’m here for – to take away that stress and make the “legal stuff” easy. When you work with me you get the benefit of:

Over 40 years of experience
Easy to understand advice
Cost effective fees

The Internet provides many DIY and low cost legal resources. But they often take away YOUR right to make informed decisions because they don’t explain your options or even offer alternatives. You have to buy just what they sell. I can walk you through the maze of that “legal stuff.” Give me a call today and see if I can help you and your business.

I handle a broad range of business issues for clients, which break down into general business law and intellectual property.

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW

I know that owning a business is very personal, and I never forget that your business is made up of your dreams and your efforts.

Think about this: What if you got legal advice as you were making decisions, instead of after the fact?

After 40 years practicing business law, I know that the most effective and efficient way to help my clients is to integrate my services more closely with their regular day-to-day business activities. The form this takes can vary. With some clients it means attending monthly management meetings; for others it’s being included on certain internal email lists. We will figure out what works best with the way you do business.

I can help with:

Choosing a business entity
Hiring and Firing employees
Drafting Contracts
Website TOU and Privacy Policies (actual serious ones)
Technology Licensing Agreements
Investment Documents (SAFEs, Series Seed and Series A Deals)
Take Some of the Stress Out of Owning a Business
My job I to make sure that the “legal stuff” isn’t keeping you awake.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
All businesses own intellectual property. Bakeries have tradenames and trade secrets; and of course some business have IP to sell or license. Either way, protecting your intellectual property is important to the value, and sometimes the survival, of your business.

Should you register your trademark? The answer may not be as easy as it sounds. Does your customer own the design you created if they don't pay you? I don't know - did you cover that in your design agreement? Can you read your own license agreement without going to sleep?

These are just a few of the intellectual property legal questions I can answer for my clients. My job is not to tell you what to do, but to give you options and explain them clearly.

START-UPS

Starting a new business?
I’m happy to sit down (without the timer running) to discuss your plans and what you might need in terms of legal services. There is no charge for a general discussion like this. Topics that are usually covered include:

Choice of business format (corporation, LLC, etc.);
Business names and trademarks
Time tables and costs

New business owners often have questions about funding their business. No matter how you’re funding your business, I can advise you and put you on a more equal footing with the money people. I have drafted and reviewed many types of loan and investment documents and can help you understand your risk-benefit analysis in:

SAFE notes
Seed and Series A deals
Warrants and Restricted Stock
Alternative funding transactions

There can be huge risks taking on investors, even if you’re using the “SAFE” documents. Make sure you understand the strings that come with money.

Main Office

Virtually Anywhere in California or Texas
1716 Briarcrest Dr
Bryan TX 77802

Phone

(408) 955-9100

Fax

2547652666

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Happy to speak with potential clients to see if I can help them, and if so, what I would recommend and how much it would cost.

Office Information

Office Hours

I work odd hours. I'm sometimes around evenings and weekends. I don't have set hours.

Business

I specialize in helping my clients sleep at night by managing risk and helping them proactively avoid problems rather than trying to solve them after the fact.

I do a lot of things, and I do them well. I consider myself out-house counsel... for companies that are too small for in-house counsel. But I do offer a broad range of services.

I help clients with:
Setting up their business
Advising them about investors
Drafting investment documents
Hiring and firing employees
Using independent contractors with acceptable risks
Protecting their intellectual property
Copyrights
Trademarks
Licensing agreements
Design and service agreements
Risk Management
Hand holding

Humor, enjoyment and stress management are important to me. I'm available to my clients at all odd hours, and honestly love what I do. I'm quick and responsive.

But

If you don't enjoy your business attorney, if you don't feel like he or she is part of your team - they it's time to change.

If you want stuff and formal - I'm so not your type of attorney. If you want a big formal office and suits - I'm not your type of attorney.

Intellectual Property

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I grew up in a business household. My father was an attorney, but when I was growing up, he was mostly dealing with businesses and became an entrepreneur himself. We talked business over the breakfast table and looked at financial statements after dinner.

A die hard capitalist, I never wanted to do anything else.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

We don't have "Lawyers" we have me. I have 30 years of experience dealing with small businesses. In a large firm I would be out "rain making" and would be priced too high for small businesses.

I can list all of my bar association work and I do have all of that stuff on my website. But what distinguishes me is my understanding that:

A small business is not a big business with fewer zeros on the balance sheet.

Small business functions differently from large business and without taking some risk small businesses can't compete.

I don't tell my clients "you can't do that." I tell them "this is the risk if you do that, this is how to reduce it, do you want to do it?"

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Everything.

Nina Yablok

Law Office of Nina Yablok

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License

Bar Number: 78658
California, 1977

Education

St. John's University School of Law
JD, 1976

New York University
BA, 1969

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