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Business Law ContractsEstablishing a business in California can be a highly-rewarding pursuit, but there is a significant amount of planning that must go into business formation. From crafting airtight contracts to purchasing stocks and assets, a wide array of factors must be carefully considered to ensure that your business is successful. For this reason, more and more entrepreneurs are seeking assistance from the Pleasanton business attorneys at John Park Law.

At John Park Law, we help business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the Bay Area navigate the process of California business formation. Through careful planning and well-informed decision making, we guide California business owners through the common pitfalls that stand in the way of creating long-term success. Spend time focusing on your goals and leave the rest to us. Call us today at 925-320-7077 to find out how.

Why Establish Your Business in California?

One of the first and most important decisions that an entrepreneur will make is where they will establish their business. This is largely because businesses are governed by a mix of state and federal laws. Laws vary greatly from state to state, meaning business owners must be strategic when selecting their company’s location.

Many business owners consistently establish their business in California. This can be credited to the variety of benefits that California business entities, including corporations and limited liability companies enjoy, including:

  • Access to corporate small business tax rates for certain small businesses
  • Personal liability protection
  • Streamlined incorporation process with lower filing fees

California business laws are set up to benefit business owners. California business entities are permitted to purchase, hold, sell, or transfer shares of its own stock or membership interests in the state to raise any additional funds and owners enjoy limited liability for the debts or judgments against the corporation. One disadvantage of establishing a California entity is that California charges a minimum $800 as a “franchise tax” on an annual basis for each registered entity. However, establishing a California entity with the benefits described above, should outweigh the disadvantage of the minimum franchise tax for any business owner.

Organizing Your Business

Selecting your business’s location is only one part of the puzzle – you must also decide how to organize your company. There are several types of business formation structures that John Park Law can utilize for your company, depending on your goals:

  • Corporation
  • Limited-Liability Company
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership and Limited Partnership
  • Professional Entities

Selecting the proper structure will help you plan your next steps and properly execute your business plan. The type of structure that you select will determine the liability of each founder as well as the taxes that will be paid by your business. Moreover, it will establish the guidelines that you will use when making decisions moving forward.

What Other Business Services Do the California Business Formation Attorneys at John Park Law Provide?

Entrepreneurs commonly seek counsel to navigate the legal side of business formation, as missteps in this arena can result in major financial consequences. At John Park Law, we tailor a legal strategy to fit the needs of the individual business owner. We provide additional services regarding the following issues that arise for business owners:

  • Contract formation and review: By crafting airtight contracts and compliance documents that can be upheld in court, we help businesses avoid lawsuits and protect their assets.
  • Entity formation and incorporation: Selecting the proper business entity for your company is crucial. We work with businesses to choose the proper entity, be it a corporation, LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc.
  • Operations and management: As a business grows, it becomes important to maintain clear and concise employment operation handbooks, internal organization documents, and annual corporate records.
  • Buying and selling businesses: Corporate dissolution and business succession are both legally complex processes. We work with businesses to create comprehensive estate transfer, tax, and management succession plans for buying and selling businesses.
  • Asset or stock purchase: Forging strong partnership, shareholder, and membership relationships is a top priority for businesses, and we negotiate the purchase of any assets or stocks to optimize the outcomes for our clients.

By nature, business formation is a legally complicated process. One misstep can result in substantial setbacks for a company and can greatly impact the success of a venture.

Contact A California Business Formation Lawyer

Above all, the Pleasanton business formation attorneys at John Park Law work with businesses to craft airtight, legally enforceable documents, therefore avoiding lawsuits and ensuring corporate compliance along the way.

All great businesses start with a novel idea. We help entrepreneurs focus more on that idea and less on the nitty-gritty legal issues. Call us at 925-320-7077 to speak with an experienced Pleasanton, California business formation attorney today.