Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the price of your services?
Because we provide customized solutions and strategies, the value of the services provided can only be assessed by discovering your needs and goals. Tell us what you need and where you want to take your business and we will tell you exactly how we can assist you.
Am I able to change contract templates to add my own language or remove something that doesn’t apply to my business?
Absolutely! Contracts are provided in PDF and Word formats to allow you to add corporate logos, add and subtract language, etc.
If I invest in a consulting session package, do I have to use them in a specific time period?
We are committed to accelerating your business, which requires momentum and consistency, but you have the flexibility to schedule your sessions within 12 months of purchase.
What if I have offices in more than one state?
If you have offices in more than one state, hold property, have a bank account, have employees or ship from within the state, you may need to register your business as a foreign business and designate a registered agent within that state. Registering a foreign corporation may sound like an international affair, but it simply means you are registering your company to do business other than the state in which it is headquartered/domiciled.
What type of business should I open?
This can be a complicated question because the answer depends on several factors, such as: What does your company do? How many owners /shareholders will you have? Do you have investors? Do you have personal creditors/legal liabilities? Obviously we can better advise you, the more information we have.
There are C Corporations that are what you probably think about when you think about corporations. They have a CEO, Board of Directors, Officers, can have different classes of shareholders and are federally taxed at a corporate and individual level, which is also referred to as “double taxation”.
S Corporations are more versatile corporations - the corporation is not taxed, but the profit and losses pass through to the owners and are reported on federal personal income taxes. There are strict requirements regarding how wages are paid, profits are distributed, what business expenses are deductible, etc. so there is not a cookie cutter, one size fits all answer to what entity is best, a careful analysis of where you are and where you want to go is necessary to select the right entity for you.
The Legal Liability Company (LLC) has become the most popular business formation, partially because of it’s lower startup costs and record keeping requirements. It’s seen as the best of both worlds because you gain the limitation of legal liability provided by a corporation with the flexibility to operate and be taxed as a partnership.
Because incorporation occurs at the state level, there can be different corporate, legal and tax implications you should be aware of prior to incorporating
What is a registered agent? Do I need one? What do they do?
A Registered Agent (sometimes called a Resident Agent or a Statutory Agent) is the person/entity that you designate to accept legal service for you, in the event someone is trying to contact you regarding a legal dispute. They may also accept legal documents and government correspondence on behalf of the business.
Yes. You are required to appoint a person or entity to accept service on behalf of the
What is a trademark? Do I need one?
Very simply put, a trademark is an indicator or source, it’s the colors, image, font, slogan that make people think of your brand. Examples are: the Nike Swoosh or McDonald’s Golden Arches or “I’m Lovin’ It.” Making sure you are able to own the mark before you build your business around it is the wisest course of action. If you are spending the time and money to build your brand, create goodwill and brand recognition and equity, you should protect that investment by securing your intellectual property on a federal level and ensuring competitors will not be able to use your mark.
Federal Trademarks are issued based on first to file.
How much is a federal trademark?
While the preparation fees vary depending on the attorney or service you use to research, prepare and file your application, which are separate from the . The federal filing fees for trademarks depend on the type of application being filed, generally you can expect to pay $275 or $325 per mark, per international class.
What do I do if my business is headquartered in another country?
We can assist you with that. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or even a resident to incorporate in the United States. There are advantages and disadvantages for an international business registering to do business in the United States.
In the United States, incorporation is a governmental process that takes place at the the state level. The process varies from state to state and there are advantages and disadvantages, at a business, tax and legal level.
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