If you dream of leaving your company to your family one day, but you haven’t properly included your business in your estate plan, that dream could become a nightmare for your heirs—and your partners, team members, and clients, too. Without a proper estate plan, the business you worked so hard to build could be in serious jeopardy when something happens to you.
Establishing and enforcing healthy professional boundaries with your clients is critical for all business owners, especially if you own your own business and work from home, where the lines between work and home life are easily blurred. If you need support establishing healthy professional boundaries, reach out to us, your Family Business Lawyer™.
The constant whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of your startup can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You can get so focused on the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of getting your operation up and running that you neglect some of your company's most vital legal components. Because you're so busy and likely not generating much revenue during the startup phase, it may be tempting to try to handle everything on your own and not seek out the support of a business lawyer.
Many entrepreneurs structure their business as an LLC because, like corporations, LLCs offer personal liability protection for their owners. But unlike corporations, LLCs are not legally required to adhere to many of the same corporate formalities required of corporations. Although the administrative requirements for an LLC are far less strict than for a corporation, you’ll still need to abide by some operational formalities if you want to maintain your personal liability protection.
Coming up with a solid concept for a new business and working to get your operation off the ground can be an expensive undertaking. But the good news is that you can write off several expenses involved with the startup process. However, the rules for deducting startup expenses are different from those for writing off general business expenses incurred by an existing company. Here are some of the basic rules for writing off startup expenses that will benefit your business.
The entity you choose for your business affects everything contracted by your company. Your business entity will determine the amount of taxes you pay, what kind of records you keep, and how vulnerable your assets are to lawsuits. Among the different business entities, all companies should be one of the following legal structures: a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC).
When starting a business, you have to make a ton of decisions. Deciding what to name your company and hiring employees, what kind of products or services you should sell, and how to fund your operation, getting your business off the ground comes with a nearly endless number of decisions. Of all these decisions, perhaps none is more important or has a more significant impact on your success (or failure) than your choice of business entity structure.
When it comes to your company’s identity, nothing is more vital to your company than your name and logo. By developing a catchy name and snazzy logo for your business, you can quickly get your company recognized, remembered, and respected. Rather than rolling the dice by trying to register your trademark on your own or with a DIY registration service, we recommend you save yourself the time, money, and hassle and hire us to support and guide you through the process.
Going into business with your spouse or romantic partner can be an amazing opportunity—but it can just as easily be an absolute nightmare if not handled properly. Regardless of how amazing your love life may be, there's no guarantee you'll be equally compatible in a working relationship. It can potentially wreck both your business and marriage if things don't work out. Make sure to clarify the potential problems, risks, and benefits before jumping into business together.
Starting your own business can be exciting and scary at the same time. You are bound to make numerous mistakes along the way, yet you'll often discover that some of your biggest mistakes will later become your greatest strengths. Most of the lessons we learn and the knowledge we gain are learned the hard way. But if you can learn the lessons before making the mistakes, you can gain the advantage that much earlier and free yourself from the struggle of getting it wrong.