You know my goal around here is to help you add ease to the legalese. (I can’t believe I’ve been doing it for more than a decade now!) And for that entire time, my advice about how to keep your LLC legit hasn’t changed–until this year. When on January 1, 2024, a new law went […]
LLC + Corporation
Thinking of creating an LLC or corporation for your creative business? Already have one? Then this post collection will help you do it on the legal up and up!
Does your LLC need a “real” business bank account? Or can you just get away with a personal bank account where you only keep the LLC’s money? Watch this video to learn!
When is it a good (or bad) idea to have multiple projects, brands, or businesses in the same LLC? The short version is is it’s okay when you are fine with them impacting each other. Watch the video to learn more.
In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn what legal documents you should have for your creative business and how to easily organize them.
Are you unsure how to sign a contract for your LLC? Who is allowed to sign? What should the signature line look like? By the end of this video and post, you’ll know: Watch the short version | Read the long version Watch Video Links Read Once you become an LLC there are lots of […]
Does your business need a dba (doing business as)? Learn when you need one and why you’ll want to get one in this post and video.
An LLC is the most common way business owners protect themselves. But do you know two other ways you can reduce your business risks?
Thinking about creating an LLC mid-year? Unsure how it will impact you come tax time? Watch this 2-minute video to learn the answer!
I’m an affiliate of Northwest Registered Agents and if you use any of the links below I’ll earn a small commission. But it won’t change the price you pay. Every LLC has someone with a fancy name, “the agent of service of process”. The LLC’s agent is the person, business, or government agency that gets […]
Often I hear that it’s onerous or silly to keep a central file of legal paperwork. But if you are an LLC/corporation, if you fail to keep a central file of required documents, you are poking holes in your fence. And if you poke holes in the fence, then when you need your limited liability […]
In addition to running the artist’s J.D., I’m a practicing California attorney. And over the past dozen years, I’ve helped hundreds of businesses become California LLCs. I’ve also “fixed” dozens of LLCs that creative businesses formed via LegalZoom. Don’t get me wrong, services like LegalZoom serve a valuable purpose. But their sole value is making it […]
When it comes to legal business types you have four major choices: As soon as you offer products or services, you automatically become a sole proprietorship or a partnership. (The first if you are on your own, the second if you are running your business with one or more friends.) But like Michael Scott learned […]