Business Formation and Governance

Business formation and governance are critical steps in establishing and operating a successful business. At West and West LLP, we provide comprehensive legal services to entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses, guiding them through every stage of the business lifecycle. From choosing the right business structure to drafting governance documents and navigating regulatory compliance, our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you achieve your business goals with confidence.

Why Choose West and West LLP for Business Formation and Governance?

  • Expertise in Business Law: Our attorneys have extensive experience and specialized knowledge in business law, including entity formation, corporate governance, contracts, and compliance.
  • Tailored Solutions: We understand that every business is unique. We provide personalized guidance and craft customized solutions to meet your specific needs, goals, and circumstances.
  • Comprehensive Support: We offer comprehensive legal services to support businesses throughout their lifecycle, from formation and governance to expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and succession planning.

Business Formation Services

Choosing the right business structure is essential for protecting your assets, minimizing liability, and achieving your business objectives. We offer guidance and assistance with the following business formation options:

  • Sole Proprietorship: Simplest form of business ownership, where the owner is personally liable for all business debts and obligations.
  • Partnership: Business owned and operated by two or more individuals, with shared profits, losses, and liabilities.
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): Hybrid business structure that combines the flexibility and tax benefits of a partnership with the limited liability protection of a corporation.
  • Corporation: Legal entity that is separate from its owners, with shareholders, directors, and officers, providing limited liability protection for owners.

Governance and Compliance Services

  1. Once your business is established, proper governance and compliance are essential for ensuring smooth operations and minimizing legal risks. We offer the following governance and compliance services:

    • Corporate Governance Documents: Drafting and reviewing articles of incorporation, bylaws, operating agreements, and shareholder agreements to establish the framework for business operations and decision-making.
    • Regulatory Compliance: Assisting with regulatory compliance matters, including licensing, permits, zoning regulations, employment laws, and industry-specific regulations.
    • Corporate Recordkeeping: Providing guidance on corporate recordkeeping requirements, including annual meetings, minutes, resolutions, and shareholder communications.
    • Contract Drafting and Review: Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and agreements with customers, vendors, suppliers, employees, and other third parties to protect your interests and minimize legal exposure.

Benefits of Effective Business Formation and Governance

  • Proper business formation and governance offer several key benefits, including:

    • Asset Protection: Choosing the right business structure and implementing sound governance practices can help protect your personal assets from business liabilities and creditors.
    • Legal Compliance: Ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations helps minimize legal risks and avoid costly penalties and lawsuits.
    • Operational Efficiency: Establishing clear governance structures and procedures promotes operational efficiency, decision-making clarity, and accountability within the organization.

    Business Growth and Success: A solid foundation of business formation and governance sets the stage for long-term growth, success, and sustainability

Our Approach

Our approach to business formation and governance is collaborative and results-oriented:

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin with a detailed consultation to understand your business goals, preferences, and legal needs.
  2. Entity Selection: Based on our assessment, we recommend the most appropriate business structure for your specific circumstances and objectives.
  3. Document Preparation: We draft and review the necessary legal documents, including articles of incorporation, bylaws, operating agreements, and shareholder agreements, to establish your business entity and governance framework.
  4. Compliance Assistance: We provide guidance and support to ensure ongoing compliance with relevant laws and regulations, addressing any compliance issues that may arise.
  5. Ongoing Support: We offer ongoing legal support and counsel to address any legal challenges, changes, or opportunities that may affect your business over time.

Common Questions About Business Formation and Governance

  • What is the best business structure for my business? The best business structure depends on various factors, including your business goals, industry, ownership preferences, liability concerns, and tax considerations. We can help you evaluate your options and choose the most suitable structure for your needs.
  • Do I need corporate governance documents for my business? Yes, corporate governance documents are essential for establishing the framework for business operations, decision-making, and dispute resolution. We can help you draft and customize governance documents tailored to your business requirements.
  • How can I ensure ongoing compliance with laws and regulations? Ongoing compliance requires awareness of relevant laws and regulations, regular monitoring of compliance activities, and proactive measures to address any compliance issues that arise. We can provide guidance and support to help you stay compliant and avoid legal pitfalls.

Contact Us

If you need assistance with business formation, governance, or compliance, West and West LLP is here to help. Reach us at (713) 222-9378 or, or visit our office at 3818 Fox Meadow Lane Pasadena.