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What Is the Best Legal Structure for Your Start-Up?

The questions that invariably come up for all my start-up clients is: Do I have to form a legal entity, if yes, what kind and why? Entrepreneurs have a number of legal structures available when seeking to capitalize on a...more

Starting a Business? Start the Right Business.

After many years of working for other people, you’ve decided to strike out on your own and start a small business in your home town. You have the financial means and some initial ideas to get things going, but you are unsure...more

Fiduciary Duties In Oil Patch Deals

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation •...more

State of the Union - Part 2: Retirement with a Capital R

Overview - Since my last article, I have received some hate mail. Well, not quite literally unless I count the note from Mrs. Nowotny asking me why I forgot half of the items on the grocery list. A number of readers...more

Legislative Update: Business Law

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General...more

Tax Planning for the “New Normal”

Effective January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) was enacted into law, finally settling years of debate over the fate of the Bush era tax cuts. On the same day, the 3.8% Medicare Tax on net...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 2 -- May 2013

President’s fiscal year 2014 budget contains numerous tax provisions - President Barack Obama released his proposed budget for the government’s fiscal year 2014 on April 10, 2013, and, not surprisingly, the budget...more

Which Entity Should I Form For My Business Enterprise?

Whether starting a business or operating an existing enterprise, business people should consider the legal form of their business and the need to protect their personal assets from business liabilities, while also considering...more

Options for Issuing Employee Equity in LLCs

Choosing the best type of entity for a company can be a challenge. C corporations are the norm for most emerging growth businesses, particularly those raising money from investors. However, LLCs are becoming more...more

Be prepared for a “triggering” event: If you own interests in a closely held business, consider a buy-sell agreement

A buy-sell agreement provides for the disposition of each owner’s business interest after a “triggering event,” such as death, disability, divorce, termination of employment or withdrawal from the business. However, to be...more

California Sole Proprietorships C-Corporations, S-Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) - Things to Consider When...

Things to Consider Before you Start Business Operations as a Sole Proprietorship, C Corporation, S Corporation, or LLC - How do you start business on the right track? Selecting the right type of business entity is an...more

Choice of Entity - Corporation or LLC?

There are many different types of business entities. Historically, the most popular type of entity was the corporation, but now the limited liability company (LLC) has become the entity of choice. The reasons for this shift...more

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