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For entrepreneurs, starting a new business is one of the most exciting things you can do. Before you get too carried away with logos and material pricing, you must set a solid foundation for your brand to stand on. Setting up your business properly can ensure you receive the most favorable conditions for taxes and protect your personal assets should anything happen. Crow Estate Planning & Probate’s business planning attorneys know exactly how to help.

Our Business Formation Services

Business planning and company formation can open up a world of new information for first-time business owners. At Crow Estate Planning & Probate, we’re prepared to establish your business and stand by your side from formation to dissolution.

A sole proprietorship is considered the simplest way to establish a business in the United States. It identifies you as the exclusive owner of your company, merging your personal identity and business. You’ll file taxes once, representing yourself and your business interests simultaneously.

With a sole proprietorship, your name is also your business’s name. You can use a company name or a different name from your own to establish your brand, but you may need additional local permits to do so.

If you plan to start your business with someone else or multiple people, you may consider opening it under a partnership. The process of establishing a partnership is similar to that of a sole proprietorship, but all parties will be held equally liable for debts and taxes.

For entrepreneurs and shareholders concerned about facing personal liability for their business actions, a corporation may be the best way to go. Establishing a corporation is the most complex process of all, but in return, your business will become an entity entirely separate from yourself with the ability to:

  • Purchase property
  • Enter contracts and agreements
  • Sue and be sued

When you establish a corporation, you’ll need to decide whether you want it to be a:

  • C-Corporation: The corporation itself can pay the business’s taxes, though shareholders may be responsible for paying for dividends on their personal tax documents, too.
  • S-Corporation: Shareholders must pay all business taxes, eliminating the possibility of double taxation.

Limited liability companies, commonly known as LLCs, represent a middle ground between proprietorships and corporations. The establishment is similar to a proprietorship or partnership, but with a little more preparation, its owner and shareholders can enjoy similar liability protections as corporations. An LLC must be registered in its state of origin and often comes with some of the best tax benefits.

Some of the less common business types are limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). LLPs ensure that each partner’s liability is limited to themselves. Limited partnerships are a type of LLP that must have one general partner overseeing everything.

Contact Our Company Formation Lawyers Today

Any business you form requires extensive legal paperwork and a comprehensive knowledge of local business laws. If you’re establishing your brand in Tennessee or Kentucky, Crow Estate Planning & Probate can help you from start to finish. Our business startup attorneys have years of experience navigating state guidelines and ensuring your company adheres to all regulations.

Start your legacy today, and let Crow Estate Planning & Probate make sure everything goes according to plan. Schedule a free consultation with our business planning attorneys and see what we can do for you.


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