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Getting Your LLC Documentation in Order

There are two nightmare scenarios that can turn a business enterprise from a dream into a horror story when a limited liability company’s (LLC) documentation is not in order. First, a failed LLC in California is treated as a general partnership for all purposes. Second, if you are a member of the failed LLC, you will lose the protection of your personal assets from the LLC’s debts and liabilities. Small businesses frequently get started in a rush and are lacking in organization. As a result,...

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Business Incorporation Choices for 2018

What types of Businesses Entities Are There?  If you are looking to start a business in the East Bay then one of the first steps involves choosing which  business form best suits your needs. The most popular options include sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, and corporations. A sole proprietorship is not an entity, it is doing business as an individual under a fictitious business name, also known as a “DBA”.  Each entity form has different benefits and drawbacks, meaning there...

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Why Your Music Band May Need an LLC

In the beginning, things are great with your band, spending long afternoons jamming in your living room in Livermore and playing gigs in Pleasanton.  The last thing you ever think about is needing a business lawyer for musicians.  One does not need to look too far into music history to find examples of how bands can get themselves involved in complicated legal matters.  Perhaps the court case in which Roger Waters battled his ex-bandmates in Pink Floyd throughout the 1980s over the legal rights...

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Do Home Businesses Need to Use a Business Entity?

There are lots of people in Livermore who work from home, and many of them could use a business lawyer for home businesses.  In 1995, audiences thought it was outrageous when Homer Simpson worked from home, wearing a comfy muumuu, but it was one of many times in the 90s when The Simpsons was way ahead of its time.  Today, working from home is the norm in many industries, including the creative and high-tech types of businesses that tend to flourish in Pleasanton, California. Which Business Entity...

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LLC Implementation – What to Consider in Business Entities

The East Bay is a great place to start a business, especially in the tech or entertainment industry.  Part of the excitement of startups is that you and your partners are building something from scratch.  For many of your dealings in the early phase of your business, you can let innovation and intuition be your guide.  But when it comes to entity formation, that is, legally establishing your business, you need the help of an experienced lawyer.  A limited liability company (LLC) is a popular type...

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Pros and Cons of an LLC Designation

As your LLC designation law firm can more fully inform you, starting your business as a limited liability company (LLC) can provide you and your fledgling enterprise with considerable benefits and protections. These benefits and protections, however, can come with certain “costs” – drawbacks of which you should be aware. It is therefore advisable to consult with your LLC designation law firm before you settle on the business form your new venture will take to ensure you select the form that will...

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Seven Legal Issues Facing Startup Software Companies

You have an idea for a new software program and a passion for business, but will that be enough for you and your software startup company to succeed? Regardless of the contributions by friends and family, your decision to form a software company will cause you to confront several significant legal issues before your startup will achieve stability and success. While many of these issues cannot be avoided, they can be more easily and successfully navigated with the help of a California startup business...

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Five Ways to Manage Business Startup Legal Expenses

Money: without sufficient amounts of it, your new business idea is not likely to get very far. When starting a business or project, it is crucial to ensure that you have enough capital to pay for your startup expenses. Hiring a California business startup attorney to help you in taking the legal steps necessary to get your business up and going, but the costs of these services can sometimes seem expensive. Thankfully, there are several ways entrepreneurs and new business owners can manage their...

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The Definition and Benefits of an LLC

A limited liability corporation (LLC) is one of many business entities that a small business owner may choose to create as he or she embarks on his or her entrepreneurial adventures. Like any other business entity available in California, a limited liability company has both advantages and disadvantages. By becoming familiar with these LLC pros and cons, entrepreneurs can better decide whether the LLC business entity is the right choice for them and their new business. The Basics: What is an LLC  The...

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Business Partnership Agreements Best Practices

Running a business with friends or others who share your vision and values can be extremely rewarding. This in part explains the appeal of partnerships – joint business ventures between two or more individuals in which each participant shares the costs and profits of the business. Your partnership, however, will only be as strong as the agreement which governs it. Costly and damaging partnership disputes can arise even between the best of friends, and when they do you may find that your business...

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