Not all that long ago, you wouldn’t have considered using a cell phone for anything other than making or receiving a telephone call. You wouldn’t have considered the possibility of reading a book in any format other than hardcover or paperback. And you certainly wouldn’t have considered purchasing a home,drawing up a will or filing documents to start a business or legalize a business without enlisting the legal advice and assistance of an attorney.
Well, the times they are a changin’ – a cell phone that’s used solely as a phone is nearly an antique; electronic readers let you find, peruse and buy a book it in only a couple of minutes – without ever leaving your seat. As for lawyers, while they are of course still a necessity in many cases, the vast reach and wealth of information, knowledge and services available on the Internet has taken some of the weight and depth from their pockets.
By all means, seek legal counsel for court representation or if you’re being sued for something, but, honestly, you don’t need to hire an attorney to start a business, file a DBA, incorporate a business, or to form an LLC.
Be savvy enough to explore the alternate options available to you that will accomplish the same end result – starting your business, whether it be filing as a sole proprietorship, or forming a corporation or LLC - efficiently, expediently, and effectively. Hey, starting a small business is no small feat, and you are smart enough and determined enough to be doing that. You will need to choose a business structure for your company, and file paperwork with your Secretary of State, but even before that, you’ll need to make certain you aren’t infringing on the name rights of an already existing business. But, again, you don’t need an attorney to do these things for you.
Before you decide on a name for your business and start printing business cards, you’ll want to make sure that the name isn’t already being used by another company. Click here for Corpnet.com’s free Corporate Name Search, which essentially searches the database of the Secretary of State to make sure the business name you are considering is available.
If you are conducting business under a name that is different from your own, you will likely need to register a DBA (Doing Business As – also known as Fictitious Business Name) on either a state or county level. While the requirements vary from state to state, you still don’t need a lawyer to cut through the red tape for you. The process isn’t sticky, messy or complicated. Corpnet.com’s free DBA Guide, written by attorneys, saves you the time and money of consulting your own lawyer.
Surely, when it comes to the serious and scary business of formally choosing a business structure, this would be the time to call in the big guns, right?
As much as you may like your lawyer, put down that phone. By using Corpnet.com’s services, you can secure the very same business filings that protect your business in exactly same way, without the aid or fee of an attorney.
But, before you make your decision to incorporate or form an LLC or S-Corp, read about these different business structures and compare your options. Filing of the Articles of Incorporation are required to incorporate a business as a c corporation, s corporation, professional corporation, or a non-profit corporation; an LLC requires Articles of Organization, as well as an Operating Agreement that stipulates how the company will be operated. Whether you choose to go the more formal and structured environment of a corporation or the less bureaucratic atmosphere of an LLC, you want to be sure that both your company and your personal assets are protected.
A final word of caution. While you most certainly can incorporate your business without the services of an attorney, you should always consult a lawyer if you have any specific legal questions or concerns about your business. But if you don’t have any legal concerns and are ready to take the next step, Corpnet.com can make the incorporation process fast and painless. Our affordable packages offer all the help you need to incorporate without hiring an attorney.