From the moment our clients decide to form their businesses, we become a member of their team. Our clients’ success is our success. We provide practical legal and business advice to ensure that our clients are: (i) Focusing on business goals; (ii) Anticipating and mitigating legal and business risk; and (iii) Minimizing legal costs.
We are there for our clients at the earliest stages of their business, guiding them through the consequences of entity choice to a solution which fits their business goals. We then draft and file corporate formation documents that will sustain throughout the lifecycle of the business to minimize unnecessary additional legal spend.
- Corporate Name Search and Trademark Filing
- Limited Liability Companies (“LLCs”)
- Corporations (C Corp and S Corp)
- Intellectual Property (“IP”) Contribution and Confidentiality Agreements
Corporate Name Search and Trademark Filing
After our clients have decided to form their business, one of the first steps is ensuring that the business name is available in the state(s) in which they plan to do business. We can perform entity name and trademark searches in those state(s), and reserve the business name if necessary. We also help our clients further protect their brand name by registering trademarks with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Limited Liability Companies (“LLCs”)
A Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) is a legal entity form used by many different types of businesses. LLCs are easy to set-up, flexible, provide certain tax benefits including pass-through taxation, and shield owners from personal liability.
All you need to do to form an LLC with us is fill out a brief questionnaire. We then draft and assemble the appropriate documents, file them with the Secretary of State, and send you the completed forms and Tax ID.
The most commonly used partnership form is a limited partnership (“LP”). LPs are easy to set-up, provide certain tax benefits including pass-through taxation, and shield passive partners from personal liability. The two other forms of partnerships – general partnerships and limited liability partnerships – may be more appropriate depending on the situation. We help guide our clients through the different partnership forms and recommend the form that best fits our clients’ needs.
We help our clients draft and negotiate partnership agreements, file the appropriate forms with the Secretary of State, and send you the completed forms and Tax ID.
Corporations (C Corp and S Corp)
Corporations are a commonly used legal entity form for businesses that plan on seeking additional outside investment in the future. There are generally two types of corporations: C corps and S corps. Both protect shareholders from personal liability, but have different rules and tax consequences.
We help guide our clients through the different corporation forms and recommend the form that best fits our clients’ needs. We draft and file the corporate charter with the Secretary of State, draft the bylaws and other ancillary documents, and send you the completed forms and Tax ID.
Intellectual Property (“IP”) Contribution and Confidentiality Agreements
Once our clients have formed their companies, key to those companies’ successes is a thoughtful intellectual property strategy. We help guide our clients on how best to protect intellectual property from the earliest days of the business. Often times, this strategy will include requiring employees and independent contractors to assign intellectual property to the business and agree to keep business information confidential.