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Business Formation

Artemis Law Group offers end-to-end business formation services to help you establish a new business entity. Our services involve selecting a suitable business structure, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC), and completing the necessary registration and paperwork, laying the foundation for a successful venture.

What Is Business Formation?

Business formation refers to the legal process of establishing a new business entity. It entails selecting the appropriate business structure, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC), based on factors like ownership, liability protection, tax implications, and operational flexibility. The chosen business structure dictates how the business will be managed, how profits and losses will be distributed, and the extent of personal liability for business debts and obligations.

Once the business structure is determined, the next step in the business formation process involves registering the business with the appropriate state and local authorities. This typically involves filing the necessary paperwork, such as articles of incorporation or organization, obtaining any required business licenses or permits, and complying with regulatory requirements. Proper business formation establishes a legal framework for the business, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations while providing clarity on ownership, management, and operational responsibilities.

The Legal Structures Available

C Corporations

C corporations are distinct legal entities separate from their shareholders, offering limited liability protection to owners. This means shareholders are typically not personally liable for the corporation’s debts or obligations. However, C corporations are subject to double taxation, where the corporation’s profits are taxed at the corporate level, and then shareholders are taxed again on any dividends received.

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S Corporations

S corporations provide limited liability protection to shareholders but differ in terms of taxation. S corporations are pass-through entities, meaning profits and losses “pass-through” to the shareholders’ personal tax returns, avoiding double taxation. However, S corporations are subject to strict eligibility criteria, including limitations on the number of shareholders (no more than 100), requirements for U.S. citizenship or residency, and restrictions on ownership.

Professional Corporations (PC)

Professional corporations (PCs) are formed by licensed professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, or accountants, to provide their services. PC status offers individual members limited liability protection against malpractice claims or lawsuits arising from the professional services provided. However, PCs are typically subject to additional regulations and oversight by state licensing boards, ensuring compliance with professional standards and ethics.

Limited Liability Companies (LLC)

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) combine the liability protection of corporations with the operational flexibility and pass-through taxation of partnerships. LLC members enjoy limited liability, meaning their personal assets are generally shielded from the company’s debts and obligations. Additionally, LLCs offer flexibility in management structure and profit distribution.


Partnerships involve two or more individuals (or entities) joining forces to operate a business together. In general partnerships, all partners share equally in the management and profits of the business, but they also share unlimited liability for the partnership’s debts and obligations. Limited partnerships, on the other hand, have both general partners (with unlimited liability) and limited partners (with liability limited to their investment).

Family Limited Partnerships (FLP)

Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) are entities formed by family members to pool assets, manage investments, and transfer wealth between generations while minimizing taxes and protecting assets from creditors. FLPs typically consist of general partners (often parents) who retain control over the partnership and limited partners (usually children or other family members) who hold ownership interests with limited liability and restrictions on control.

Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP)

Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) are formed by professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, or architects, to conduct business while limiting personal liability for malpractice claims or misconduct by other partners. LLPs provide individual partners with limited liability protection while allowing them to share management responsibilities and profits.

Limited Partnerships (LP)

Limited Partnerships (LPs) consist of general partners who have management control and unlimited personal liability and limited partners who contribute capital but have no involvement in management and limited liability for partnership debts. LPs are often used in real estate ventures, private equity investments, or venture capital funds where passive investors seek limited liability and potential tax benefits.

Sole Proprietorships

Sole proprietorships are the simplest form of business ownership, where a single individual owns and operates the business. In a sole proprietorship, there is no legal distinction between the owner and the business entity, meaning the owner is personally liable for all debts, obligations, and legal liabilities incurred by the business. While sole proprietorships offer simplicity and full control, they also pose significant risks due to unlimited personal liability.

Joint Ventures

Joint ventures involve collaboration between two or more parties to pursue a specific business opportunity or project while sharing risks, costs, and profits. Joint ventures can take various forms, including contractual agreements between independent entities or the formation of separate legal entities to undertake the venture. Joint ventures allow parties to leverage their respective resources, expertise, and market access to achieve mutual goals.

How Artemis Law Group Can Help

Artemis Law Group provides comprehensive assistance throughout the business formation process. Our experienced attorneys begin by conducting a thorough assessment of our clients’ needs and objectives, assisting them in selecting the most suitable legal structure for their business, whether it be a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or sole proprietorship. We educate clients on the advantages and disadvantages of each entity type, considering factors such as liability protection, tax implications, and operational flexibility.

Once the appropriate business structure is chosen, Artemis Law Group handles all aspects of the registration and documentation process, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. This includes drafting and filing articles of incorporation or organization, obtaining necessary business licenses and permits, and preparing operating agreements, bylaws, or partnership agreements. Our attorneys also provide guidance on additional legal considerations, such as intellectual property protection, employment agreements, and regulatory compliance.

Business Formation FAQs

What factors should I consider when choosing a business structure?

When selecting a business structure, consider factors such as liability protection, tax treatment, management flexibility, ownership requirements, regulatory compliance, and future growth plans. Our attorneys can help you determine the most suitable option for your business goals.

How do I register my business with the state?

To register your business with the state, you’ll typically need to file the necessary paperwork, such as articles of incorporation or organization, with the appropriate state agency. This process may also involve obtaining a federal employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS and any required business licenses or permits at the state and local levels. However, our attorneys can handle all business registration processes on your behalf.

Do I need a lawyer to form a business?

While it’s possible to form a business without a lawyer, seeking legal guidance can help ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, protect your interests, and avoid costly mistakes. A lawyer can provide valuable advice on entity selection and drafting legal documents.

Schedule Your Consultation

Artemis Law Group provides legal assistance throughout the business formation process, including entity selection, registration, documentation, and compliance. With both partners intimately involved in every client interaction, our team offers responsive, compassionate, and accessible legal guidance. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and explore your options for business formation.

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