Best of luck with your endeavor!
If you are going to set up a brick and mortar location, then it is generally advisable to form an entity under the laws of that state. However, your particular situation has several components that add flavor to your, and your sister's, decision making process (i.e., residency, partners/entity form, online retail, etc.). I would be quick to advise you to proceed with caution, as the choices made upon formation often cannot be undone and can be costly to fix.
I noticed that you are in Astoria, Oregon, which is where I practice. I would happy to sit down with you to discuss your options. Just give me a call - 503-325-1055.
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I agree with my colleagues. I will add that the selection of the state for creation of your entity has three main components:
1. Legal. The law of the state of creation (the "home state") governs the entity. So, if you create the entity in Oregon, Oregon law will apply. You can pick any state that you want. Many people pick Delaware because of its extensive body of law.
2. Taxes. The home state will be looking for tax returns from your entity. However, you may not have sufficient activity in the state to file returns in the home state and enough activity to file in other states. Some states have no company income tax, Washington and Nevada come to mind. You should check on Florida.
3. Cost. Some states are more expensive to create your entity in. Oregon is not the cheapest.
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