Business Formation

When starting, selling, purchasing, or running a business, understanding the law matters for your success. Business owners recognize that they must be savvy and detail-oriented. Ensuring that all the legal bases have been addressed is a fundamental detail to cover. As you set up your business or enter into new relationships with other entities, you will need to consider the legal structures and consequences that guide and support business formation and contract law.

A Business Needs a Firm Foundation to Succeed

When you are starting a business, your time and financial resources become incredibly precious. Having a professional assist you with the legal logistics up front can save you a legal headache later on.  Without proper assistance, you could be setting yourself up for trouble with the law. For instance, you must have a purchase agreement in place before you buy or sell a business. Additionally, something as simple as neglecting to create a non-disclosure agreement could cause your trade secrets to be exposed through careless vendors or former employees. Furthermore, you could be held personally liable for anyone who is injured at your place of business if you select a type of formation which does not offer protection from such occurrences. In contrast, if you select a business entity that offers more protection than you need, you may be penalized by higher taxes and tighter regulations.

For the above reasons, it is crucial that you select an entity that meets your specific needs and that you draft all necessary documents in order to protect yourself from future harm. There are numerous issues you should address before you ever begin operation. Please use the list below as a basic guideline.

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Questions to Answer Before Starting a Business

There are many questions that need to be asked and answered in order to determine what entity is right for your particular needs. For example:

  • What type of business will be conducted? Have employee agreements, leases, and other key contracts been formalized on paper?
  • Who owns the company?
  • How will profits and losses be distributed?
  • Who needs to be authorized to conduct day-to-day management of the company?
  • Does the owner understand the relevant tax code? Has the owner set up mechanisms to record and pay taxes in a timely manner?
  • Does the owner understand the regulations on their type of business? Have they acquired all the necessary permits? What government restrictions exist, and have they been accounted for?
  • Is there a long-term plan for the company? An exit strategy? Does the owner intend for this to provide for them until retirement, or to grow and sell to an outside agent?

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Setting up a solid foundation for the long-term management of your company matters. I will personally walk you through the intricacies of the legal foundation to your business. Having worked with everyone from agricultural businesses to doctors over the last seventeen years, I am well-versed in how to help you set your unique Central Coast business up for success with a strong legal foundation.

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The Law Affects the Future of Your Company

Setting up a new business can be tricky. It’s important to ensure you undertake the process with a trained professional who can help you save money in taxes, prevent lawsuits, and maintain enough freedom to achieve your goals. I have many years of experience forming startups in the state of California, and I’d be happy to assist you with your business ventures. Schedule your free consultation below.