Sound legal advice on business matters ranging from formative counseling to capital raising to strategic exit planning makes a critical difference for a company’s bottom line as well as for the financial health of its principals and stakeholders.

The business and corporate attorneys of Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray are dedicated to providing the proactive, creative and streamlined service required to meet the needs of today’s breed of high-level business persons: local and foreign serial entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and families, high-tech startups, and growing and established private businesses, often acting as outside general counsel providing a coordinated, seamless and insightful approach to solving legal issues.

Our firm advises clients at any stage of development about the most efficient and effective ways to pursue identified goals while promoting key opportunities and managing risk, including matters such as:

  • Entity selection, registration, restructuring, expansion or dissolution
  • Strategic positioning for startups and early-stage companies
  • Capitalization and early-stage financing issues
  • Operational matters
  • Business transactions
  • Intellectual property advice
  • General counsel services
  • Corporate or partnership sale, merger, or acquisitions
  • Business, corporate or partnership dissolutions
  • Business litigation, including alternative dispute resolution

Because we value trusted relationships and invest significantly in the long-term success of our clients, we deliver practical relevant advice that responds to each client’s unique circumstances and leverage the resources of our Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray team to provide comprehensive counsel and representation across the full range of legal needs.

Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations

Increased oversight from the IRS and government regulators require today’s nonprofit leaders to run a gauntlet of constantly changing laws and regulations. At the same time, tax-exempt organizations are expected to be more transparent then ever before and to adhere to evolving best practices.

Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray represents large and small private foundations, and public charities including community organizations, trade associations, cooperatives, art organizations, charter schools, as well as supporting organizations and social welfare organizations on a range of tax and business issues particular to these entities, such as entity structuring and governance, unrelated business taxable income, and self-dealing and excess business holdings situations.

Our attorneys work closely with nonprofit organizations to counsel them on the formation, funding and other planning issues associated with tax-exempt entities. We are integrally involved in structuring and forming companies used by exempt organizations as acquisition vehicles as well as investment partnerships formed with exempt partners. In addition, we handle sophisticated income, estate and gift tax planning for closely-held corporations, their executives, and their owners, including issues associated with Subchapter S and limited liability companies, partnerships and private foundations.

In addition to our work on behalf of our clients, each member of our team is committed to serving our community through volunteer and leadership positions and has done so for a wide range of non-profit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County.

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My brother and I can not thank the attorneys at Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray enough for their hard work on our father’s trust administration.  Believe me, we know how difficult and frustrating it has been.  We feel they did an excellent job with the complexities of constant input and requests from everyone involved.  Trying to satisfy everyone was a monumental task.
Beth C.