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Montgomery County Business Formation Lawyers

Legal services for business formation are critical for new businesses. By working with an experienced business attorney, you can ensure that your business is set up correctly and in compliance with applicable laws. This can help to minimize the risk of legal problems down the road. If you're starting a business, it's important to consult with our business law expert to make sure you're taking all the necessary steps.

Types of Business Structures

Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is a type of business entity that is owned and operated by a single individual. Unlike other business structures, such as corporations and partnerships, a sole proprietorship is not a separate legal entity from its owner. This means that the owner is personally liable for all debts and obligations incurred by the business. Sole proprietorships are the most common type of business in the United States, and they can be formed relatively easily and with little cost. However, because the owner is personally liable for business debts, sole proprietorships may not be the best choice for businesses with a high risk of liability.

Partnerships

A business partnership is an arrangement between two or more people to run a business together. Partnerships can be either general or limited, and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. General partnerships are the simplest form of business partnership, and they are relatively easy to set up. However, each partner is personally responsible for the debts and liabilities of the business, which can be a major downside. Limited partnerships offer some protection from personal liability, but they tend to be more complex and expensive to set up. Ultimately, the best business partnership for your needs will depend on a number of factors, including the size and nature of your business and your personal goals and objectives.

Corporation

A corporation is a business entity that is separate from its owners in the eyes of the law. This means that the business can be held liable for debts and obligations, and its owners cannot be held personally responsible. The main advantage of incorporation is that it provides limited liability protection for the business's owners. This means that if the business is sued or goes into debt, the owners' personal assets will not be at risk. In addition, a corporation can raise capital by selling stock, which is something that most unincorporated businesses cannot do. Finally, corporations often have an easier time obtaining business licenses and permits than unincorporated businesses.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A limited liability company (LLC) is a business structure that combines the personal asset protection of a corporation with the flexibility and tax advantages of a partnership. LLCs are formed by filing Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State in the state where the business will be conducted. In addition to providing personal asset protection, LLCs offer many other benefits, including pass-through taxation, flexibility in management, and the ability to raise capital more easily than sole proprietorships or partnerships. As a result, LLCs have become one of the most popular business structures for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Series Limited Liability Company (series LLC)

A series limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity that offers the limited liability benefits of a traditional LLC while allowing for the creation of separate, legally protected divisions, or "series." Series LLCs are primarily used to shield business owners from personal liability for debts and liabilities incurred by one series within the overall LLC. This business structure is particularly popular among real estate investors, who can use it to isolate each property in a separate series. While series LLCs are not available in all states, they offer a flexible and versatile business solution for businesses operating in states that allow them.

We will collaborate with you in assessing your business formation needs and draft governing documents. We have over four decades of experience in drafting:

  • Corporate formation and bylaw agreements
  • LLC and operating agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Buy-Sell agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Restriction agreements

If you're not sure where to start, consider contacting an attorney who specializes in business law. We can help you evaluate the best option for your entity and advise you on any required paperwork or filings. Choosing the right legal professional to help with your business' formation will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on growing your company

If you’re looking for experienced legal representation to help you form your business entity, our firm is here to help. We have a team of skilled attorneys who can assist you in choosing the right business structure and filing all the necessary paperwork. Let us take some of the burden off your shoulders so you can focus on growing your business. Contact us today for a free consultation, and we’ll get started on creating a plan that will protect your interests and help your business thrive.

Our Attorneys

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    Tara Shelander

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    Tara Shelander offers a lot of energy, diligence, and motivation to serve you, as our client. Tara has a background in business and entrepreneurship. She has experience litigating cases involving business practices, contempt of court, child support, child custodydivorce, and criminal cases.

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    Mel W. Shelander

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    Mel W. Shelander has practiced law at the same location for over 35 years, successfully handling thousands of different kinds of cases for clients throughout Texas. As a lawyer, he is intentionally not board-certified in any one area of practice because he does not want to narrow his practice to one specific area. Not only can he help in family law matters, but also personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, business law, and landlord-tenant matters. As his client, you benefit from this ...
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    Colette Shelander

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    Colette Shelander was born and raised in Beaumont. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2014 and she obtained a Master’s Degree of Criminal Justice at Lamar University. She then attended law school in Charleston, South Carolina and returned right back to her hometown after graduation. She has the energy and drive to fight hard to get you what you deserve. She has served as an EMT so she performs well under pressure, and she will show the same compassion for you as she did ...
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