If you are contemplating selling securities (ie- stock) in your company to raise money then you will need to talk to an attorney who deals with private offerings. You'll need to put together an executive summary, business plan, and possibly a private placement memorandum, and you'll need someone to help plug you into the Venture Capital / Angel Investor world.
You'll also need to research what kind of start-up or funding events are being hosted in your area where you can get access to...
The question as to whether your mark would be allowed boils down to whether it is "confusingly similar" with a mark that is already registered and in use. From your description it sounds like there is at least 1 other company out there that might argue that your proposed mark violates their rights. I'd retain a good trademark attorney who can further advise on this issue.
You may want to consider looking into a few new business structures that have been created in the past few years, two of which were recently green lighted by the California legislature.
The first is called "Benefit Corporation." A Benefit Corporation can be formed for the purpose of creating a general public benefit (you can also specify a benefit if you want to, but the requirement for formation is simple that the corporation be formed to create a general public benefit). This was...
If someone else has been using it in commerce before you then their rights will predate yours. In the USA it comes down to "first in use," and you've acknowledged that someone else has started ahead of you. Even if you move forward and attempt to formally trademark it ahead of them.
I'd consult with an attorney on this before moving forward. If you intend to build a business and protect your IP (which you should), you should make sure that you are doing it the right way and not risking...
The really short answer to this inquiry is no. You cannot dissolve a corporation simply for the purposes of avoiding a liability and then re-form a new entity and carry on the business with the same assets and clients as the dissolved entity.
The role of the CEO will likely be defined in the Corporation's bylaws. The employment agreement between the CEO and the Corporation can (and should) expand upon the day-to-day activities of that individual as well.
It is difficult to guess without any knowledge about what services your company will be offering. There are lots of Seattle/Bellevue business attorneys (my firm included) who will offer you a free consultation to discuss your business model and offer a ballpark on how long we think it might take.
Most business attorneys offer a free consultation and can discuss the various legal issues facing a new enterprise. Would make sense to at least take advantage of that and then make an informed decision on how you want to proceed from there.
There are a number of issues that you have raised here that indicate you'll need to talk to a securities lawyer ASAP. What entity type is appropriate for your venture, how you will be separating your investors (active vs. passive), and what kind of security do you anticipate offering (membership units / stock / LP units) are just a few that jump out based on your question.
The legal costs associated with this will vary depending on the level of complexity but based on your description you...
You should contact an attorney immediately with this. Getting a judgment vacated is difficult, especially with the passage of time (but there are ways if the original default was not obtained properly). Most litigation attorneys will offer a free consultation and you should take what paperwork you have to one and get their opinion as soon as possible.