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What Legal documents to we need filed with the state for a startup business?

Fort Worth, TX |

I have just started a company with a partner and we are trying to make sure we have all the legal documents (LLC, sales and use tax, franchise tax, DBA, etc.). What other documents should we need?

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That all depends on the state in which you are doing business. See a lawyer experienced in these matters for your state.

John Morrison

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You are encouraged to contact an attorney for assistance. If indeed a Texas LLC is the correct form of business, then you would be required to file the Certificate of Formation. However, you also need a Company Agreement and an EIN. Other documents will be required depending upon the nature of your business.

Good luck!

The above statements are provided as general information and not intended as legal advice. Each matter has its own set of unique circumstances that cannot be adequately addressed without consultation. You are strongly advised to hire an attorney licensed to practice law in your state to represent you.

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Depends on which state you intend to start the business (It doesn't have to be a Texas entity). You need a good strong partnership agreement before you go any farther. That is, assuming you and your partner are friends, and want to remain friends. Get a written contract between you two regarding how the business is to function, roles, profit and loss split, contributions, indemnities, etc.

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