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By Matthew Dochnal November 17, 2022
corporate asset protection

If you are looking to incorporate a business, you likely have sifted through tons of legal jargon. Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, sole proprietors, the list goes on. Here’s another one: Special Purpose Vehicles. People typically associate Special Purpose Vehicles, or “SPVs”, with major corporations; however, they can be useful for businesses of all sizes. Companies can […]

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Set Up a Delaware LLC?

By Matthew Dochnal
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If you are a business owner looking to form an LLC, you’ve likely researched some of the legal requirements. Setting up a Delaware LLC on your own can be complicated, and stressing over the details of your legal structure can take focus away from your business plan. You may be asking yourself whether you need […]

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How To Save On Single Member LLC Taxes

By Matthew Dochnal November 8, 2022
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20% of small businesses fail in the first year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One reason is that many business owners cut into their profits by simply failing to take advantage of tax deductions.  If you operate a single member LLC, you can save significantly on taxes – you just need to know […]

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What Is A Delaware Public Benefit Corporation?

By Matthew Dochnal October 24, 2022
B Corp

Do you want to make money while also making a difference in the world? The Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (“PBC”) allows companies to do just that. A Public Benefit Corporation is a for-profit business with a stated “public benefit” purpose set out in its incorporation documents. Delaware PBCs benefit both stakeholders and shareholders, and many […]

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What Is a Subsidiary Company?

By Matthew Dochnal October 11, 2022
Google headquarters with statue in front

People often throw around the term ‘subsidiary’ in business, but you might not know exactly what it means. Subsidiaries play an important role for nearly every large corporation, however, they often do not get the recognition they deserve.  We discuss what subsidiary companies are, how they are used, and the best way to structure them.  […]

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What You Need to Know About Beneficial Ownership Reporting

By Matthew Dochnal October 3, 2022
Financial Crimes Enforcement Netowrk website homepage.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a final rule for creating a beneficial ownership registry pursuant to the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The rule requires most corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and other entity types to disclose information about their beneficial owners. (A beneficial owner, in case you’re not familiar with the term, […]

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Non-Stock and Non-Profit Corporations: What’s the Difference?

By Matthew Dochnal September 28, 2022
Man leaning on a question mark.

The terms “non-stock” corporation and “non-profit” have become almost interchangeable, however, this is not correct. “Non-stock corporation” refers to a type of legal entity filed with the Secretary of State. A “non-profit” organization refers to a non-stock corporation that has obtained a tax determination letter from the IRS. Here we sort through these two loaded […]

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What Is An LLC Membership Certificate?

By Matthew Dochnal September 20, 2022
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The Delaware Limited Liability Company (LLC) is the preferred legal entity for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Compared to a corporation, an LLC offers much more flexibility and minimal red tape.  The company’s Operating Agreement sets forth an LLC’s ownership. This internal document governs the affairs of the company and is not filed in the […]

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Twitter v. Musk Trial Shines Spotlight on Delaware Business Court

By Matthew Dochnal September 12, 2022

On October 17th, 2022, a hive of high-profile corporate attorneys will swarm Wilmington, Delaware to appear in front of the Court of Chancery. The state’s business court was tasked with resolving a dispute between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Twitter, Inc. The lawsuit stems from Musk’s attempt to back-out of a deal he brokered in […]

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What Is an ITIN Number and Do I Need One?

By Matthew Dochnal August 30, 2022
individual tax identification number

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) utilizes several different types of identification numbers. You are probably most familiar with Social Security Numbers, which are issued to all US Citizens. You may be less familiar with Employer Identification Numbers and Individual Tax Identification Numbers. The IRS uses these different numbers to distinguish between individual US […]

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What is a DUNS Number and Do I Need One?

By Matthew Dochnal
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If you have ever tried to rent an apartment or lease a vehicle, you are probably familiar with the personal credit system. Your Social Security Number is attached to credit reports generated by major credit bureaus. Potential lenders then use your credit score to assess your ability to borrow money. Much like how a Social […]

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What are the Record-Keeping Requirements for a Series LLC?

By Matthew Dochnal August 5, 2022

A Series LLC  allows you to take one LLC and break it down into its component parts. One parent LLC has the ability to form an unlimited number of separate, protected series. Each of these protected series is a legal person able to hold assets. The statute shields the assets of each protected series from […]

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What Is a Certified B Corporation?

By Matthew Dochnal July 11, 2022

You may have seen the “Circle B” logo, but what does it mean? The logo can only be displayed by a Certified B Corporation. These are companies that have achieved a minimum score on an evaluation of their corporate governance, community, employee, and environmental benefits. Here’s what you need to know about this entity. What […]

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Who Are The Members And Managers Of An LLC?

By Matthew Dochnal February 16, 2022
member and manager

Before forming an LLC, it is important to understand how it will be structured and managed. LLCs offer business owners complete flexibility to create unique management structures. This includes choosing officer titles, delegating management responsibilities, and structuring ownership interest.  Here we breakdown common management and ownership structures for LLCs, including who the LLC Members and […]

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