We provide affordable, one-on-one legal advice and mentoring to emerging companies.

At Cox & Palmer, we share your passion for innovation and partnership. We truly believe that an entrepreneur with a great idea, vision, and motivation can change the world. We also recognize that a start-up has a limited (or non-existent) budget at the early stages, and that retaining strong legal advisors ends up falling off the entrepreneurial radar. We developed the alt program to address these challenges.

Through alt we provide emerging companies with top-quality, affordable legal advice and mentoring, with a view to building a solid foundation for your venture’s next stage of growth. Our multi-disciplinary legal team has extensive experience in equipping start-ups with the necessary tools and advice to compete on the local, national, and international stage.

Of course, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Your lawyer works closely with you to understand the nuances of your start-up, so the advice we offer is insightful and useful, based on your exact needs. During your consultation, and beyond, we will learn about your venture and how we can best assist you in turning your vision into reality.

Specifically, we’ll talk to you about:

  • Incorporating a company
  • Protecting your intellectual property and brand
  • Drafting a Founders’ or Shareholders’ Agreement
  • Corporate governance
  • Terms of Use and Privacy Policies for your website
  • Long term goals, such as franchising your business
  • Premises leases
  • Litigation and liability protection
  • Securities and financing (including crowdfunding)
  • Employee Stock Option Plans
  • Confidentiality Agreements and Non-Competes
  • Licensing, marketing and distribution activities
  • Tax Strategies
  • Employment considerations



Articles & Insights

So You Want to Start a Brewery or Distillery? Things You Need to Know to Start Your Business on a Solid Legal Foundation: Corporate Structure, Licensing, Intellectual Property, and Lease Agreements

Corporate Structure Consider the best ownership structure for you and your partners. Below are several options for how to set up your business and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each, taking into account factors such as personal liability and income tax implications. Sole Proprietorship One individual is the sole owner of the business. Advantages: […]

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Nova Scotia Aims to Supercharge Start-up Growth With Revised Equity Tax Credit

On January 17, 2019, Nova Scotia’s Finance and Treasury Board (“NSFTB”) announced changes to the Province’s Equity Tax Credit program, a popular tax credit program that has been in place since 1994 and utilized by many Nova Scotia companies and investors in a number of different industries. The Province’s stated goal for re-working the Equity […]

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