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Five Legal Considerations for Starting a Small Business: Which Type of Entity is Best?

Posted In Business Entities, Small Business

You started your small business yourself – just you and an idea. As time went on, you became more successful. You added employees. You opened a storefront. You started contracting with outside vendors. And while each of these events took place, you added additional liability – liability that could harm you personally as a sole proprietor. That’s exactly why business entities exist; they create a sustainable structure in which to operate while simultaneously shielding you personally from liability, for the most part. Not all business entities are created equal, however, and choosing an entity to organize or incorporate can come with both benefits and consequences. More >

Supreme Court Upholds Strict Diversity of Citizenship of Non-Corporate Entities for Diversity Jurisdiction

Posted In Business Entities, Business Formation and Planning

In a unanimous decision on March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed its longstanding principle that unincorporated entities cannot claim diversity jurisdiction for federal court purposes. This case highlights the striking differences between corporations and other entities, and provides a roadmap for how major unincorporated entities are viewed by the federal court system. More >

When Should I Choose to Form a C Corporation Instead of An LLC?

Posted In Business Entities, Business Formation and Planning

Arguably, one of the most important decisions that will affect the ultimate success of a business, whatever its size, is the decision of how to incorporate that business. There is a fairly wide range of choices to choose from, from sole proprietorships on up to regular C corporations. A business entity that has seen a meteoric rise in usage in the past few decades is the Limited Liability Company (“LLC”), and for good reason – LLCs come with a host of advantageous characteristics that combine some of the best traits of several options available to business entities. LLCs combine limited liability for members with the flexibility to choose how they’re taxed, such as flow-through taxation akin to partnerships (e.g., no taxation at the entity level, as with regular C corporations). With the rise in the popularity of LLCs, however, it’s helpful to know when there are advantages to choosing the venerable C corporation form over the upstart LLC. More >

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