STEPS TO TAKE WHEN FORMING
A BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA
Forming LLCs, corporations, and non-profit organizations in California requires filing certain documents with the Secretary of State. Although a partnership does not, you should have a partnership agreement in place. Names must be researched and reserved, different documents need to be created and filed, and appropriate fees paid to get your business up and running.
ESTABLISHING EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
Once you’re ready to launch, you will need certain contracts created to protect your business. You may need non-compete agreements to keep employees from leaving your company for a competitor’s. Partnership agreements are vital to detailing how a partnership operates and how investments, profits, and losses are shared. Non-disclosure agreements prohibit employees and contractors from sharing confidential or proprietary information about your company or clients. Supplier contracts establish details about pricing, delivery, scheduling, and other terms.
I will help you determine what legal agreements you need, draft them, and review contracts others want you to sign.
WHY HIRING LEGAL COUNSEL IS IMPORTANT
There is an abundance of legal document templates available on the internet. But those boilerplate contracts are not specific to your business nor often to the State of California. I can help you not only with forming and conducting business in California, but in all 50 states.
As your business begins entering into agreements with individuals, contractors, suppliers, and other entities, you need an experienced business attorney looking things over to make sure your best interests are represented in those contracts. Not having an attorney can be costly or even devastating to your personal assets.
At Martinez Law Office, I started out as a transactional business attorney 40 years ago, drawing up legal documents that businesses needed to form and operate. I then began litigating contract lawsuits. That means I not only have the expertise to create binding contracts but know how a loophole could be used against you in court.