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Incorporation

Limits on Limited Liability: When You Become Liable For Your Business’s Debts

Many people form LLCs or corporations to protect their personal assets. You don’t want to lose your car, your house, or your personal savings because a business venture didn’t work out. Forming an LLC or corporation gives you access to limited liability. But LLCs and corporations must be property run to maintain that limited liability. […]

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Why Hiring a Good Startup Lawyer is About More Than Just Documents

When you’re a startup lawyer, part of your job is to serve as a document merchant. It’s part of the job, but it’s probably my least favorite part of the job. I love learning from startups. I love working with startups. Working with growing startups to make them better — that’s just what we do. Providing high-quality documents […]

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When Does an S Corp Make Sense?

An S corporation is a business entity that combines many of the advantages of an LLC with the advantages of a corporation. Practically, the biggest hurdle for someone looking to start a corporation is the problem of double taxation. That is, paying taxes for the activities of the corporation and also for profits that are […]

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Why Partnerships and Sole Proprietorships Rarely Makes Sense Today

According to the IRS, there are five types of business entities: Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, S Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Many state statutes allow for additional entities, such as Limited Liability Partnerships and L3Cs (You can register in Colorado as the former, not the latter). For the majority of entrepreneurs, the only real choices […]

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Random State Incorporation is a Bad Idea

When I think of businesses that incorporate in any state other than their home state or Delaware, the expression that comes to mind is “too clever by half.” Unless there is a law prohibiting your business from operating in your home state or Delaware (for example, Amazon refuses to allow companies incorporated in certain states […]

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Delaware vs. Colorado Corporation: What Makes Sense for My Business?

Delaware vs. Colorado Corporation: What Makes Sense for My Business?

(Updated June 14, 2017) If you’re in the startup world, you may be at least vaguely aware that most hugely successful startups are Delaware corporations. Indeed, there are many smart people who say this is the only right answer to the question, “What type of entity should I form for my startup?” I don’t think this is true, however. There […]

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Small Corporate Trick: Consent to Action without Formal Meeting

Many small businesses that are on the fence of whether to form a corporation or an LLC decide to form an LLC because it’s easier and requires less upkeep. And while it is true that there are additional formalities associated with incorporation, they needn’t be overly burdensome for the small company without tremendous resources. One […]

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Five Documents You Should Have When You Incorporate

Technically, to form a corporation, you only have to file articles of incorporation (or a corporate charter) with the secretary of state. But if you want to operate as a legitimate business that engages in regular transactions with customers to make money, you’re going to need a little more. Here are the basic documents that […]

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