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Business Formation

When starting a new business, picking the business formation is important and affects factors such as tax liability, limited liability, and management. Through consultation, a business lawyer could help clarify your options in deciding which business entity to choose.


  • Partnership Agreement

  • Registration

  • Statement of Authority

  • Certificate of Limited Partnership (Only for Limited partnerships)

  • Statement of Qualification for Limited Liability Partnership

  • EIN Number


Limited Liability Company:

  • Drafting and Filing Articles of Organization

  • Operating Agreement

  • EIN Number

  • Fictitious Name

Corporations (S Corp or C Corp):

  • Articles of Incorporation

  • Bylaws

  • Annual Report

  • EIN Number


Business Law Issues

A wide variety of legal issues may arise while conducting business, such as:

  • Actions against a partner in a partnership

  • Actions against a member in an LLC

  • Breach of contract

  • Interference with a business contract

  • Fraud

  • Misrepresentation

  • Injunctions to enforce a non-compete

  • Defamation

  • Asset Protection

  • Debt vs. Equity Financing

  • Investor Agreement Issues

  • Compliance with Industry regulations


Building a brand and name recognition takes a great deal of work. A trademark is used to distinguish your goods or services from others, whether it be a work, logo, or design. Your ideas are an asset, and they should be protected.


First Step can help you get started on protecting your brand by providing these services:

  • Knock-Out Search

  • Search using databases such as but not limited to: TESS, WIPO, Domain Name Searches and Secretary of State Databases

  • Trademark filing with USPTO

  • Responses to USPTO Letters

  • Cease and Desist to protect your Trademark

  • Declaration of Continued Use

  • Renewal Applications

  • Trademark Licensing Agreements

  • Trademark Assignment Agreements

  • Trademark Monitoring of Registered Marks

A wide variety of legal issues may cause harm to a business’s assets, reputation, and viability. Confronting these problems without legal counsel may leave you or your business in a perilous position. Set a date for legal consultation to discuss the steps you need to take to resolve your legal problem.