You need to do a LOT more to start up a compay--state and city licensing, fees, filings, EIN with IRS, liability insurance and more. You DO need a business attorney. If you get the start-up wrong, you could end up in hot water with the State or Federal government.
FWIW, Your intuition about free and helpful equating to payment and diligence is wrong.
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I agree with my colleague that you will need a business attorney and that free and diligent are often incompatible. I've written a short informational guide regarding starting a business. It's by no means comprehensive and your case will be unique, but I find it helpful.
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I agree with everything my colleague has said. To the list of what you'd need to start a mail-forwarding company, I'd add "permitting from one or more agencies in the Department of Transportation." Possibly.
What you need to do is sit down with a good business lawyer and discuss where you *are* and where you want to *go*. How do you choose one? Well, I've gotten several clients from church, so you might start there. (Who's likely to be more sympathetic?)
Avvo is also a good place to look for lawyers. Check out the profiles of some business lawyers, including mine, and see how we've answered other questions. Most lawyers on Avvo will provide a free phone consultation, which will let you (and them) see if there's a "fit."
If this is a business you really want to do, don't cheap out. Free legal advice is worth what you pay for it.
Starting any business will require that you consider any number of legalities (business structure, master service agreements, trademark, permits/licenses, etc).
No one here is going to be able to offer you any specific advice regards to these things without the benefit of understanding your situation in more detail. If you were asking, for example, "should I choose an S-Corp or an LLC?" many of us would offer our general insights on the subject and the combination of them would give you a good idea of how to think about the question.
But I have no idea if for example you offer mail forwarding services to clients in VT if they required some kind of business registration or permit without exploring the issue in more detail.
Avvo is a great place to look for a lawyer and most of us here, including myself, offer a free phone consult. So I urge you to reach out to several and get a feel for who they are and how they charge, etc. I will link you to some helpful general info below as well.
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