Should I Buy Into a Franchised Business?

If you are interested in being your own boss and running your own company, you have a few primary options to get started. One option you have is to buy or take over an existing company. Another choice that you have is to start a business entirely from scratch, building your own business concept and creating your own brand.  A third option is to buy a franchise. Deciding to buy into a franchised business can have advantages, but also some disadvantages as well. A San Jose business law attorney … [Read more...]

Do I Need Special Insurance to Start a Business?

When you start a business, there are many things you need to do in order to protect your assets and get the company off the ground in a way that will maximize the chances of success in the future. One of the most important things that you will need to consider is purchasing insurance for the business.  In some cases, you will need special insurance to start a business because the law requires it. For example, if you plan to have any employees who are working with you, then you are required to … [Read more...]

Where Do I Get a Tax Number?

Individuals have an identification number that they use on all of their tax forms so that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is able to identify them.  This number is your Social Security number.  You need to include your Social Security number on forms given to an employer, as well as on tax returns. The IRS can then use your SSN number to track all of your tax forms.  If you plan on starting a business or hiring workers for your company, however, you may not wish to use your social security … [Read more...]

What is a Sub-Chapter S Corporation?

Many businesses in the United States are organized as corporations. Corporations are a very common type of business form for many different reasons. Corporations make it easier to buy and sell ownership interests in a company. Corporations can provide protection for owners from liability, limiting their risk to the money invested and ensuring owners do not become personally liable for corporate debts and judgments. Corporations can also allow a business to make some choices about how the company … [Read more...]

Should I Incorporate a New Business?

When starting a company, you will need to decide what type of business organization you wish to operate. You have a variety of different choices regarding the type of business that you will run. For example, you can be a sole proprietor, which is the simplest type of business organization that has virtually no initial paperwork requirements. You could also form a partnership if you want to work with others, or consider a limited liability company (LLC).   For many organizations, however, it … [Read more...]

Why Do I Need a Corporate Lawyer in San Jose?

If you run a business, no matter the size of the company, there are a variety of different laws and regulations that apply to you.  You must ensure you comply with both state and federal laws in order to avoid facing fines, a criminal investigation or a civil lawsuit.  Knowing the laws and all of the different rules that apply to you can be confusing, but it is your responsibility to keep up-to-date with the requirements applicable to your business.  To protect your company, it is a good idea … [Read more...]

How Long Does it Take to Get a Small Business Started

The amount of time it takes to start a small business is going to vary depending upon many different factors.  If you need to get business licensing or want to incorporate before you start running your company, the process will take longer. If you intend to just begin providing a product or selling a service as a sole proprietor, then you could begin your business tomorrow.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross has extensive experience with small businesses and startup companies. Getting advice from … [Read more...]

What is a business plan and do I need one?

When you start a business or want to grow your company, you need to have a plan for how the business is to succeed. When creating this plan, you need to think about your company’s legal obligations; your business finances and the goals for your business.  Creating a business plan can be a daunting task, but the Law Offices of Mike Ross can help. Our San Jose small business attorneys have extensive experience advising startups, new businesses getting off the ground and established companies … [Read more...]

How do I Begin if I Want to Start a Small Business

Many people dream of being their own boss and running a successful company. Being an entrepreneur is a great way to make a living and there are opportunities for success for those who have dedication and a good idea.  However, you need to make informed choices when starting your small business so you will be on the path to success.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross represents startups, small businesses and established companies on all of their business law needs. Our San Jose small business … [Read more...]

Differences Between a C Corporation and an S Corporation?

Both a C corporation and a Subchapter S corporation allow you to operate your business as a separate legal entity. This provides you with protection from personal liability for corporate debts or if the company is sued. However, there are some fundamental differences between C corps and S corps that people forming a business need to be aware of.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross can provide assistance to individuals starting a business or to companies that want to begin operating as a … [Read more...]