PERSPECTIVE FROM THE LEGAL VANTAGE POINT
Successful business ventures require perspective, from all vantage points. We offer you a clear view of the surrounding business landscape from the legal vantage point.
Driven by Client's Successes
Business entities are formed at the State level and taxed by both state and federal revenue services. The federal internal revenue service recognizes six forms of entities for business tax filing:
•Sole Proprietor (1040 Schedule C),
•Trust (1041), and
•Non-profit organization (990)
Pennsylvania and New Jersey recognize the federal entities for business formation filing and additionally recognize the formation of a Limited Liability Company.
A Limited Liability Company can choose any of the first four federal classifications for income tax purposes. A Limited Liability Company that is owned by one person can be taxed as a sole proprietorship, a corporation, or an S-corporation. A limited liability company that is owned by two or more persons can be taxed as a partnership, a corporation, or even an S-corporation (if the LLC meets the S corporation eligibility requirements). This means that a Limited Liability Company can choose to be taxed in the fashion most favorable for its investment purposes or to its owners.
CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS
Obtaining legal counsel, in the early stages of drafting business forms, contracts and agreements is essential to readily resolve problems. Business owners are often unaware that the litigation process robs them of valuable time, attention and mental energy that could be otherwise used for running your business. Accordingly, clauses providing for liquidated damages relieve you of trying to prove uncertain losses and attorney fees clauses allow you to recover your own attorney’s fees from the other side if you prevail. Even the threat of having to pay your attorney’s fees may be enough to forestall frivolous lawsuits and get the opposing side to settle for a reasonable amount before the dispute ends up in court. As a final point, with a binding dispute resolution clause, both sides can avoid the courthouse altogether where they have already agreed to submit a dispute to binding arbitration rather than go to court. Dispute resolution is faster and less expensive than going to trial. Many times dispute resolution is a private matter that, unlike a trial, is not open to public or press scrutiny.
We serve small business entities across a broad range of business disputes, torts, and civil litigation, from counseling through trial and appeal. We are engaged in both simple magistrate as well as complex, multidistrict litigation law proceedings. Our cases typically involve adversaries in both federal and state courts across Pennsylvania and across the nation.
“Michael, is a Very Competent / Dependable / Diligent / Reliable, and Respected Attorney !! He will find a resolution to your problem in the most expeditious professional manner. I've worked with him on my business problems for approximately 3 1/2 years, and together we have been able to navigate through National and International matters with consistency, efficiently! Thanks for all your great work! "
Richard Ackourey / Graphic Styles International