Business Formation Attorneys

Business Formation

Forming a new business is an exciting, yet stressful time for entrepreneurs.

You may have questions about the process, financing, and compliance with regulations. When you decide to formally develop your organization, you need the help of the business formation attorneys at Bevilacqua PLLC. We have decades of collective experience working with all types of companies that are in the process of forming and expanding.

Call us today at (202) 869-0888 for more information about how to start the process of business formation.


Business Formation Services at Bevilacqua PLLC

Our business lawyers can help you with all steps of the business formation process. We are skilled at quickly and efficiently guiding clients through government regulations, choice of entity analysis, and investor or shareholder rights and governance. Specifically, we can help you with the following:

  • Determination of choice of entity
  • Business registration
  • Business structure
  • Incorporation, formation, and organization
  • Non-disclosure and development agreements
  • Intellectual property assignment agreements
  • Stock or unit ledger, and stock or unit certificates
  • Founder subscription agreements
  • Shareholder and investor rights agreements
  • Indemnity agreements
  • Advisor agreements
  • Business filings and compliance issues

A business formation lawyer can assist you from the beginning of this process. The sooner you obtain legal advice, the easier the process will be for you and your company.

Types of Businesses We Handle

When you’re seeking corporate legal advice, you need an attorney who has experience in the specific type of business you’re hoping to form. Our team is made up of skilled advisors with experience handling a variety of organizational types, including:

  • Private and public companies
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Series Limited Liability Companies
  • C Corporations and S Corporations (Inc.)
  • General and Limited Partnerships

As lawyers with experience in large and small businesses, we can help you with any type of business you want to form. We have provided general counsel for an array of organizations throughout the world. Whether you are trying to form a business that will operate domestically or internationally, our business formation attorneys can help.

Tomas Gordon

Chief Executive Officer, ClearOne Advantage

Lou is a great transactional attorney. He has the practicality of a business owner and the legal acumen of any top attorney I have worked with. He keeps things simple and works towards positive resolutions. As a result, I have always left with a better understanding of both sides and a positive closing.


Meeting the Needs of Startups

It has been said that “startup” is a state of mind. Startups are working to solve problems where there are no obvious solutions. Success is not guaranteed. However, with the help of an experienced startup law firm, you can achieve your goals. A startup lawyer helps with everything from formation and financing to exit. Since we work with so many startup companies, we can leverage our vast experience and network of contacts to help you accelerate growth and achieve your desired result.

You may be unsure of what type of entity you should form. By carefully evaluating your business model and goals, a startup attorney can help you determine which type of organization is right for you. We put together a comprehensive package of organizational documents and useful forms that not only includes the basic formation documents, but that provides you with proper forms and other documents that allow you to maintain proper documentation and avoid risks as you grow.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Many entrepreneurs do not spend the proper time considering issues at formation. As a result, when their business grows, they will likely need to redo many of their organizational documents. Proper consideration at formation pays dividends in the long run. Our startup general counsel services will not only give you the peace of mind that you are meeting the needs of everyone within your organization, it will allow for a much smoother investor or future due diligence review, rather than questions and complications.

We set you up for success – not future obstacles. Our attorneys will organize your company in a way that is appropriate for, and will facilitate, financial growth. We will also introduce you to alternative financing methods such as equity crowdfunding and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Our startup lawyers have the experience to advise you on all types of financing options.

LLC Formation and Conversions

Setting up an LLC or converting a corporation to an LLC (or vice versa) can be complicated and is a trap for the unwary. You must make sure that needs of each member of the LLC are properly met and that both regulations and existing contractual rights are properly addressed. Our lawyers can help you navigate the process of LLC formation or help you convert your LLC into a corporation or your corporation into an LLC.

We have advised countless clients on forming LLCs and effectuating conversions from corporations to LLCs or vice versa. We not only prepare the requisite organizational documents for an LLC, including the articles of formation and operating agreement, but also ensure the organizational documents can grow with your company, are simple to understand and correctly reflect the business understanding of the LLC members. In the case of a conversion, we carefully review your existing governing documents to make sure that proper consents are obtained so that the conversion will not result in issues with your stakeholders, lenders or other counterparties to material contracts.

Forming an LLC requires not only an understanding of state statutes, but also of the business context in which the new LLC will operate. Our attorneys have decades of experience with LLCs and other entity types and can help you avoid common pitfalls. Contact our business formation attorneys today to start the process of formation or conversion.


Small Business Formation

Nearly 90 percent of all organizations in the U.S. are small businesses. However, many small businesses fail each year. This is largely because small organizations must take many of the same formation steps as larger companies, but with fewer resources. To improve your chances, you should work with an experienced small business formation attorney, who can develop your small business in the face of complex leg requirements.

We can help with all the following aspects of small business formation, including:

  • Determining entity type
  • Preparing formation and organizational documents
  • Setting up equity incentive plans
  • Preparing form employment offer letters, indemnification agreements, and employee confidential information and invention assignment agreements
  • Transferring intellectual property rights from the founders to the small business
  • Establishing an Advisory Board and preparing form advisor agreements
  • Preparing founder investment documents and stock restriction agreements
  • Assisting with early stage financings such as series seed preferred stock, SAFE, and KISS financings
  • Negotiating angel, venture, and equity crowdfunding transactions
  • Selecting a registered agent
  • Registering your company
  • Obtaining licenses and permits

A Business Formation Attorney Can Guide You to Success

If you are starting the process of business formation, or if you’ve reached a point where you have questions that you would like answered by a professional, Bevilacqua PLLC can help. We have significant experience walking our clients through the process of business formation. We can help you understand which legal options will best meet your needs.

Call our business formation attorneys today at (202) 869-0888 for a consultation about your specific situation.