Experienced Business Lawyers in Arlington, Texas
The experienced business lawyers at Landrith & Kulesz, L.L.P. work with principal officers of major corporations, banks, and investment firms as well as small business owners to assist with mergers and acquisitions, transactions, commercial litigation, management, and organization. Give us a call today to schedule a time to discuss your business needs.
What types of services can Landrith & Kulesz, L.L.P. provide to my business?
Laws and regulations are constantly changing, so it is imperative to have an experienced attorney at Landrith & Kulesz to review your business transactions. When we prepare or review contracts, we ensure that your desires are properly documented. The services we provide to our clients include:
- Draft and review:
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Employment Contracts
- Employee Policy Manuals
- Vendor Contracts
- Independent Contractor Agreements
- Manufacturers Representative Agreements
- Annual Minutes
- Corporate Resolutions
- Partnership Agreements
- Shareholder Agreements
- Joint Venture Agreements
- Maintain Corporate Book
- Provide Outside General Counsel services
When you obtain the advice of one of our attorneys, they can help predict potential problem areas that may arise so your business’ interests are protected. Our experienced business lawyers are available to help you navigate your business’ legal issues. Please call us so we can assist you.
How do I set up a business in Arlington, TX?
At Landrith & Kulesz, we listen to your concerns and provide advice on forming, reinstating, or dissolving a business. When forming a business, it is important to protect your personal assets as well as your business. There are several business structures to consider:
- Sole Proprietorship: A simple business structure where a single individual operates a business and owns all assets. The owner is personally liable for business obligations/debts. Taxes are paid by the sole proprietor’s personal tax return. Transfer of business is easy.
- Partnerships: When two or more people associate to run a business for profit. Operates in accordance with a partnership agreement. Owners are personally liable for business obligations/debts. A general partnership requires an annual partnership income tax return that is separate from the partners’ personal returns. Transfer of ownership requires the consent of all partners.
- C Corporation: A legal entity where owners purchase shares of the business and are called shareholders. The business is managed by the directors. Corporations are characterized by limited liability (owners are not responsible for business obligations), and ease of transferability of ownership interests. A C Corporation is taxed at a higher rate than an individual. Shareholders are not taxed personally for profits, however, they do pay personal taxes on salaries and/or dividends. Paperwork required includes initial filing and annual minutes of the directors and shareholders.
- Limited Liability Corporation (LLC): An entity that has characteristics of both a corporation and a partnership. Owners are called members and can be an individual, partnership, corporation, trust, and any other legal or commercial entity. Members’ liability is limited to their investment and taxes are passed through to the members.
- Professional Corporation: A corporate formation for licensed professionals such as attorneys, architects, engineers, public accountants, and physicians. A Professional Corporation does not insulate a professional from personal liability for his or her own negligence or malpractice but it does insulate them from being personally liable for the negligence or malpractice of other owners.
- Joint Venture: A business arrangement in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific project or task. Each party is responsible for profits, losses, and costs associated with that venture. It is important to carefully draft the Joint Venture Agreement and include the objectives of the Joint Venture, the initial contributions of partners, the management of daily operations, and the allocation of profits and losses.
Our attorneys can help you choose which type of entity works best for your situation. We can then prepare and file all of the necessary documents to legally form your business. Contact our office today to discuss your concerns in structuring your business.