Bellingham Business Attorneys Assisting with Business Entity Formation

Helping entrepreneurs get off to a strong start

Forming a business is often the first serious step you take toward turning your idea into a reality. The Bellingham business attorneys of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP understand the excitement that can come with a new business venture. We also understand that many important details can get lost in that excitement. That is why a business attorney can help new ventures thoroughly address the formal and administrative aspects of forming a new business so they can start from a strong basis and avoid potential problems down the road.

Forming a business in Bellingham, WA

Bellingham business entity formation is a multi-step process that requires interaction with numerous government agencies including the Washington Secretary of State, Washington State Department of Revenue and the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But before you can even begin this process, you must choose the type of business entity that is most compatible with your business model. In doing this, you must consider several issues including income tax implications, the potential for legal liability in your line of business, your anticipated management style and structure and the sources of your start-up and ongoing financing.

There are several types available under Washington business laws, each with their own strong and weak points:

  • Limited partnership (LP)
  • Limited liability limited partnership (LLLP)
  • Limited liability partnership (LLP)
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Corporation
  • Professional service corporation
  • S Corporation
  • Non-profit corporation
  • Social purpose corporation

While many may claim that forming a business entity by yourself is easy, doing so can result in vague or incomplete formative documents or missed filings that can lead to future problems. By consulting a Bellingham lawyer, you can have confidence that an experienced legal professional has fully addressed the legal requirements for formation and focus your time and energy instead on building your business.

Have trustworthy legal counsel from the very start of your business

In our more than 38 years of existence, Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP has helped numerous ventures in Washington State organize as business entities. And for many, our attorneys have remained their trusted counselors for years thereafter. From our offices in Bellingham, WA, we serve clients throughout Whatcom, Island, Skagit and San Juan counties and British Columbia, providing an alternative to the expensive and impersonal Seattle firms. Contact us today online or by calling 360.671.6565 to schedule a consultation.