Business and Corporate Transactions
Jerrold Bigelman is focused on the day-to-day legal issues of organizations, their owners, and their people, while also keeping their long-term goals and best interests in mind. From startup to wind-down, and at all stages in between, he offers conscientious and highly competent counsel across a broad range of industries and verticals.
The Firm advises clients seeking to launch new business ventures regarding the most appropriate entity to best achieve their business goals. Mr. Bigelman has formed numerous corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), joint ventures, and general and limited partnerships, along with associated shareholder, operating, and partnership agreements.
Mergers & Acquisitions
The firm possesses extensive experience handling mergers and acquisitions for both buyers and sellers, with an emphasis on closely-held and family-owned businesses. The Firm assists with all aspects of the process including:
- Business restructuring
- Tax planning
- Negotiating and drafting
- Due diligence
- Succession and wealth transfer planning
For nearly thirty years, Mr. Bigelman has represented one of the oldest cemeteries in Metro Detroit, acting as its general counsel. He is familiar with the operations of public and private cemeteries and the statutory and regulatory provisions imposed upon them.
Private School Establishment
He has experience with establishing private schools, having been a lead counsel in establishing a private, non-government-funded school in Waterford, Michigan. He also envisioned and then established the school’s support foundation. He also has experience dealing with charter schools.
Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Entities
Bigelman also has substantial experience with nonprofit entities, in general, incorporating, and obtaining IRS recognition for many tax-exempt organizations during his more than forty-year legal career. Serving as outside general counsel, he advises 501(c)(3) organizations on tax exemption obligations, finance, business, as well as real estate and government relations issues. In 2015, Mr. Bigelman, through a declaratory judgment appeal to the U.S. Tax Court, succeeded in having a client’s 501(c)(3), tax exemption classification, restored, retroactively, to 2002.