Starting A Business

Getting Your Business Off to a Good Start

For a lot of people, starting and running a successful business is the height of the American dream. It doesn’t get much better than making a living doing what you love. But there are a lot of things that you should have in place before you even meet your first customer. An experienced small business attorney can help you to make sure all your affairs are in order so you can get your business started the right way.

At the Mobile, Alabama, based law firm of Satterwhite Law Firm, LLC we have helped countless clients to start small- to medium-sized businesses and helped to ensure that the whole process goes smoothly. We do more than just help clients start businesses. Once your business is up and running, we can help you with any needs you may have, including commercial transactions, lease agreements, real estate matters, contracts and business litigation.

We’ll Be There With You from Start to Finish

Satterwhite Law Firm, LLC has developed the following brief and non-exhaustive checklist of important items to consider when forming a new business. Our attorneys are prepared to help you through the entire process and get your business off to a good start.

1. Key contacts:

  • Talk to a lawyer about protection from liability and other legal issues.
  • Talk to a certified public accountant about tax issues.
  • Talk to a professional at a financial institution about financing the start-up.
  • Talk to an insurance professional.

2. Confer with your attorney to select the best business entity for your particular company:

  • Sole proprietor
  • Partnership
  • Limited liability company
  • Corporation – “Chapter S”
  • Corporation – “Chapter C”
  • Other

3. Obtain an Employer Tax Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service.

4. Open a business bank account with the financial institution of your choosing.

5. Obtain a state business license.

6. Obtain a city business license.

7. Make plans to file initial, quarterly and annual tax forms and other reports with the state, county, and city.

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Contact our office today to discuss your business law questions with a lawyer. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times. We represent clients throughout southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and northwestern Florida.

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