WE HELP CLIENTS LAUNCH THIER BUSINESSES AND CREATE LEGAL INSTRUMENTS THAT SUPPORT SUCCESS IN THE LONG RUN.

Things can move quickly once you make the decision to start your business.  Business owners who have been through a business break-up know the pain of corporate documents that aren't helpful for making changes.

In the early phase we see a lot of business owners interested in “lean lawyering.” Sometimes this looks like using an online document preparation service or filing your own formation paperwork with the Secretary of State.  

At some point, you'll want to make sure everything is set up like you want and that you completely understand what you're working with.  

Legal Checklist for Starting Your Business:

  • Is your business owned by more than one person?
  • Are you confused about any of the language in your legal documents?  Are there options you could have missed or misunderstood?
  • Are you relying on outside funding (by loan or investment)?
  • Does your business operate in a new or highly regulated area (healthcare, education, transportation, cannabis, agriculture, ammunitions)?
  • Will your business benefit from a special qualification like Women-Owned Business Enterprise, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise, or Minority-Owned Business Enterprise?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the checklist questions, you will immediately benefit from speaking with an experienced corporate lawyer.

A note about Internet Lawyering:

We’ve seen documents prepared by LegalZoom create a lot of confusion and expensive litigation.  More often than not, they fail to capture and identify the context of your specific needs.  However, we always let clients know if there are a good do-it-yourself solutions.

Something to understand about online document services is that they are not allowed to give actual legal advice.  States have started issuing licenses to non-lawyers, sometimes called Legal Document Assistants or Limited License Legal Technicians.  The legal industry is trying to find the best way to improve access to legal information and use technology, especially to serve people who are impoverished. 

The question alive right now is whether these services are causing benefit or creating more harm, because there are a lot of wrong fits and misunderstandings arising from these tools.

 

STARTUP & FORMATION SERVICES

  • LLCs, S Corps & C Corps

  • Charitable Entities & Tax Exemption

  • Benefit Corporations

  • Bylaws & Partnership Agreements

  • Buy/Sell

  • Shareholder Agreements

  • Financing and Raising Capital

  • Vesting Schedules

  • Intellectual Property

  • Insurance

  • Franchising

 
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