Some things to think about if you want to go into business for yourself...
What do I need to do in setting up a business?
The first step in any prudent business plan is to select a form of operation. Corporation, Partnership, LLC or Sole Proprietorship are the most common. We can help you select the most appropriate for your needs and prepare the legal documents you will need to file with the government. We can also draft partnership agreements, review leases or any other contract for your start-up.
Will I need a license?
If you want to operate a business in Washington you will most likely need to be licensed (called a UBI), pay taxes, and file various reports with the federal/state government. Most requirements can be determined by reviewing the state/IRS websites but keep in mind, they do not provide you with legal advice and will never give you a confidential consultation whether your idea is legal or not...
What else can your firm do to help my business?
We also defend businesses that get sued and we file lawsuits on behalf of businesses that have claims. We can provide you with risk management/liability avoidance for your existing business/operation and provide advice on employment related matters to include representation before the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, unemployment compensation (OAH) or other licensing/tax authorities. Although we do not provide tax advice or accounting assistance, we do handle appeals and can help you with a referral.
How much does this all cost?
That depends on the size and complexity. A lemonade stand in your front yard will be pretty simple to set up and should not require a lot of time (or even a lawyer) but anything else totally depends on you. I normally give a brief (free) consultation to prospective business clients in which we discuss the costs and time expectations. Our firm also provides regular legal representation to a number of existing businesses on a monthly (availability) retainer/hourly fee. As an example, our firm has represented airports, charter airlines, governmental agencies, internet service providers, unions, health care providers and general/specialty contractors (just to name a few). So grab your business plan/outline and give us a call, we'll talk!
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