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Business Formations


Expert Legal Advice to Make Your U.S. Business Concept a Reality

Understanding the legal obligations associated with different types of business entities is essential when forming a new company. Ensuring your business follows United States laws and regulations from the start is crucial. At Harris Sliwoski, we assist with the legal aspects of business formation, helping you choose the correct entity. Our business formation attorneys provide expert legal advice to help you achieve your goals.

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Incorporating Your Business

Incorporating any company involves complex planning and structuring, as the entity you select determines your tax structure and your risk of personal liability. Our business formation attorneys can help you navigate different types of business entities and work with you in the early phases of forming your company to ensure proper growth from the start.

When incorporating your business, you must choose a suitable tax structure:

S Corporation: According to IRS Subchapter S, an S corporation allows a business to pass its taxable income, deductions, and credits to the personal tax returns of individual shareholders. You can only form an S corporation if you have fewer than 100 shareholders, and each shareholder is a U.S. citizen.

C Corporation: A C corporation allows shareholders to be taxed separately from the business entity, resulting in double taxation. C corporations are more flexible than S corporations and have the potential for more extensive growth.

In addition to selecting an appropriate tax structure for your new company, it is essential to establish the right entity to suit your business goals. You can choose from several business entity formations, including:

  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
  • Limited partnerships (LPs)
  • Joint ventures
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The Benefits of Working With Harris Sliwoski

Harris Sliwoski has a team of dedicated attorneys with the skills and knowledge to start your United States business off on the right foot. We are proficient in international law and culture, serving as a valuable asset to our international and U.S. clients. Our lawyers take time to get to know your business and understand your goals so they can provide innovative solutions that help you run your corporation correctly.

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Our United States Business Formation Services

At Harris Sliwoski, our lawyers can guide you as you establish your new U.S. business. We can help you structure your business to best protect you against personal liabilities, and to ensure you follow the appropriate legal procedures. Our business formation services include:

  • Drafting business contracts to protect your liabilities in the event of a dispute
  • Selecting a beneficial tax structure
  • Mitigating financial risks
  • Assisting with legal, tax, and registration documents
  • Helping you acquire necessary permits and licenses
  • Capitalizing assets and expenses

We offer our U.S. business formation services to both American companies and individuals, as well as to foreign companies and foreigners.

In addition to our U.S. company formation services, we also provide foreign company formations, leveraging our global reach to help businesses achieve growth worldwide.

Get Business Formation Legal Assistance Today

Are you ready to get started on this exciting business venture? We look forward to minimizing the pressure you experience as a start-up business. Get in touch with our team of experienced business formation attorneys at 1-888-330-0010.

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“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

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You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

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We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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