Business Formation

Whether you are an entrepreneur realizing the American Dream of starting your own business and being your own boss, a seasoned business professional ready to take the plunge by starting an entrepreneurial venture, or a working professional with the goal of generating a second income by joining the ranks of small business owners, it all begins with business formation.

The corporate shield or “corporate veil” is the fundamental benefit of forming a separate legal entity for any business. Not only does forming a separate legal entity provide the opportunity for tax savings, it also gives almost instant credibility to the start-up. More importantly, forming a separate legal entity can provide the small business owner with much needed separation; a “veil” between the small businesses owner’s personal and business liability.

Common Business Entities Include:

  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Partnerships (General and Limited)
  • Corporations (C-Corps and S-Corps)
  • Not-for-Profits 501(c)(3)
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Partnerships

The Team at Dom Law, PA, has guided countless start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners through the seemingly daunting task of:

  1. Conducting due diligence for the intended name of the business and its domain;
  2. Selecting the correct business entity (something that most non-lawyers cannot do by simply purchasing a “form” online);
  3. Preparing and filing the necessary documents to give the business its legal existence, including filing articles with the state, designating a registered agent, and obtaining the businesses EIN number;
  4. Protecting the business and its members and shareholders by preparing agreements that should govern how the business will operate;
  5. Securing financing through private placement offerings and venture capital funding; and
  6. Establishing general corporate governance.

Things to consider when starting a business that the Team at Dom Law, PA, has experience handling include:

  • Should I keep the members separate from the management by electing to form a manager-managed LLC?
  • Should I seek pass-through taxation by forming an s-corporation or seeking s-corporation status?
  • How can I preserve founder interest through a properly drafted buy-sell-agreement?
  • What is the preferred way to resolve disputes and determining alternate avenues of dispute resolution, before the dispute even occurs?
  • How do we protect the business through the use of restrictive covenant agreements including non-disclosure, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements?

These are but a few of the issues the small business owner will face early on in the life-cycle of a business that the Team at Dom Law, PA can help you navigate.

Thinking of starting a business or expanding your current business?