Whether you are the buyer or seller, it is important to know exactly what information will need to be investigated before the deal can be finalized. In order to organize this information, we have created a due diligence checklist before starting in on structuring the deal.


Lease is a contractual arrangement calling for the lessee to pay the lessor for use of an asset. Property, buildings and vehicles are common assets that are leased.

Purchase agreement

Purchase Agreement is a legal document between two parties, the Seller who wishes to sell a piece of personal property and the Buyer who wants to buy that property. The Agreement describes the terms and conditions of the sale and ensures that both parties will follow through on their promises regarding that sale.

Distribution agreements

A distribution deal (also known as distribution contract or distribution agreement) is a legal agreement between one party and another, to handle distribution of a product.

Sales contracts

Sales contract, sales order, or contract for sale is a legal contract for the purchase of assets by a buyer from a seller for an agreed upon value in money. An obvious ancient practice of exchange, in many common law jurisdictions, it is now governed by statutory law.

Employee and contractor agreements

These agreements must be null and void before applying for legal due diligence.

Trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents

There is a difference between patents, trademarks, and copyrights. A trademark protection may extend perpetually. Copyrights: Copyrights protect original textual works and visual or artistic expressions. Trade Secrets: Trade secrets protect valuable secret information like ideas that must be kept confidential.

Articles of incorporation

Articles of incorporation are important because they establish a company within its home state, informing the state of the key aspects of the business. A business owner benefits from articles of incorporation in several ways.

Business registration documents

These documents include,

Certified identity copy of applicant
Certified copies of the Identity Documents of the Directors and Incorporators
The name confirmation certificate
Power of attorney (if applicable) etc.


As a prospective buyer, you need to know whether the company’s risks are appropriately covered by insurance. Some kinds of insurance may also be required by law, making it imperative for you to know whether the company is in compliance.

Clear tax records

When buying a company, you definitely want to avoid inheriting tax issues and liabilities. Look through all tax returns going back several years, including state, federal and local tax. If the company does business internationally, be sure to check for foreign tax liabilities and documents. Check for tax audits and investigations, and carefully review all relevant documents.

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