We’ll provide you with business legal forms for corporate law and limited liability company articles of incorporation. We’ll also provide information and resources for small business owners and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground. We’ll provide you with information on choosing and forming the right legal structure for your business, legal tips on day-to-day business operations, and much more. You’ll need all the proper business legal forms to properly get your project off the ground. Let us provide you with the legal assistance and advice to comply with corporate law and limited liability company articles of incorporation.
- Starting a Business? We’ll provide you with business legal forms for corporate law and limited liability company articles of incorporation. We’ll also provide tips on creating a business plan, choosing a business name, financing your venture, complying with business license and permit requirements, and much more.
- Incorporation and Legal Structures. We’ll help you create and form the right business legal formsfor your business – including sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLC’s, and corporations.
Do You Own Your Own Business or Plan to Start Your Own Business?
Deciding on the structure of your business is not a decision to be taken lightly. Whether you choose the popular LLC, a sole proprietorship, or form a corporation; your choice will have an impact on your business liability, fund-ability as well as tax implications. Because of the wide variety of businesses, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. But we can help you start identifying the needs of your business. Even if you own an existing business, you should re-evaluate your choice from time to time.
Some Do’s and Don’ts for Starting a Business
DO limit your liability in your company by incorporating your business or organizing it as a limited liability company.
DO disclose everything to your attorney about your proposed business venture and past business experiences, both positive and negative.
DO discuss with your attorney the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of business entities.
DO discuss with your attorney the “corporate formalities” to which you must adhere in order to preserve the limited liability afforded to you by virtue of having incorporated your business.
DO discuss with your attorney the need for a detailed written buy-sell agreement with your business partners.
DO discuss with your attorney the need for a written employee handbook and written employment agreements containing confidentiality and noncompetition obligations if necessary.
DO apply for a federal tax identification number for your business (it is necessary for almost all businesses).
DO talk to a tax professional and budget for taxes.
DO invest in technology.
DO prepare a detailed written business plan.
DO join your local chamber of commerce, local civic organizations, trade groups, and entrepreneurs organizations.
DO get to know your customers and suppliers.
DON’T make expensive office space and furnishings a high priority unless you are in an “image” business.
DON’T print your stationary, business cards, and promotional materials until you have had a trademark attorney conduct a search of existing state and federal trademarks and pending trademark applications.
DON’T ask or permit your employees to breach confidentiality or noncompetition agreements with their previous employers.
DON’T spend money required to be set aside for employee and other withholding taxes.
DON’T sign company contracts in your individual capacity. Rather, sign them on behalf of the company as an officer of the company.
DON’T put off buying insurance.
DON’T give up 50 percent of your company to investors in your first fundraising effort.
DON’T pass up opportunities for free publicity.
DON’T try to do everything yourself. Setting up a business is complicated, and a business law attorney can assist you in making and implementing the right decisions.
Are Your Assets Protected?
If you’re like most people, this economic meltdown has affected you in some way, shape or form. We’ve all heard the stories, too often it seems. Do you have less equity in your home? Are your retirement accounts worth considerably less today?
You’ve worked hard and saved money all your life to live comfortably with your loved ones and now it’s all at risk. Now more than ever, you need to protect your assets from lawsuits and creditors. Because providing for your loved ones is very personal, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. But we can help you start identifying your needs and putting together the pieces that can help protect you, your assets and, most important, your loved ones.
Give us the opportunity to assess your individual needs and understand your present situation and future goals. We’re confident we can help you save time, money and aggravation.