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US BUSINESS FORMATION CONSULTATIONS

Our BUSINESS FORMATION CONSULTATIONS provide answers to the most common questions contemplated by overseas entrepreneurs when forming a new company in the US:

  • In which US state should a new eCommerce or SaaS company be formed?
  • What legal structure (eg, LLC or corporation) should the new company have?
  • How can the assets of the overseas parent company receive additional protection?
  • What is the role of a corporate registered agent? And is a registered agent necessary?
  • What is the purpose of applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?  How long is the application process for the EIN?
  • How can overseas entrepreneurs open a US bank account from abroad?
  • What factors determine whether state sales tax must be collected from customers of the new online business?
  • Which US visa options authorize overseas entrepreneurs to go to the US to set up and manage their company?

Consultations can be conducted by phone or video conference.

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OUR FEES FOR US BUSINESS FORMATION CONSULTATIONS

The 50-minute consultation is often sufficient if guidance is only needed on two or three of the questions mentioned above related to US business formation.

Our law firm’s honorarium for the 50-minute BUSINESS FORMATION CONSULTATION is €250.

The 90-minute consultation is recommended if guidance is needed on several (or all) of the questions mentioned above related to business formation, or if US visa options will also be discussed during the consultation.

Our law firm’s honorarium for the 90-minute BUSINESS FORMATION CONSULTATION is €450.  After the 90-minute BUSINESS FORMATION CONSULTATION, clients are eligible for a discount on our law firm’s legal fees for business formations or applications for an E2 visa or L1 visa.

BUSINESS FORMATION

For single-owner LLCs (managed by owner) our flat fee of €500 includes the following:

  • Preparation of the following document:
    • Articles of organization
  • Submission of founding papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) application

For LLCs with two or more owners (managed by owners) our flat fee of €875 includes the following:

  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Articles of organization
    • Operating agreement
  • Submission of founding papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) application

Venture capitalists prefer corporations because of the three defining characteristics of this entity choice: easy transferability of interests, perpetual duration and limited liability. Our flat fee of €950 includes the following:

  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of incorporation
    • Company by-laws
  • Submission of incorporation papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number Application

Venture capitalists prefer corporations because of the three defining characteristics of this entity choice: easy transferability of interests, perpetual duration and limited liability. Our flat fee of €1100 includes the following:

  • Preparation and filing of the following:
    • Articles of incorporation for Delaware
    • Subsequent qualification in another state
    • Employer Identification Number Application
  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Company by-laws

This entity choice is available to corporations that are formed for the purpose of creating a material positive impact on society and the environment.  Benefit corporations must have a specific public benefit, which by definition includes the following examples:

  • providing low-income or underserved individuals or communities with beneficial products or services;
  • promoting economic opportunity for individuals or communities beyond the creation of jobs in the normal course of business;
  • preserving the environment;
  • improving human health;
  • promoting the arts, sciences or advancement of knowledge;
  • increasing the flow of capital to entities with a public benefit purpose; and
  • the accomplishment of any other particular benefit for society or the environment.

Our flat fee of €1500 includes the following:

  • Check availability of proposed Benefit Corporation name
  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Corporate Bylaws
  • Submission of incorporation papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

This entity choice is available to companies that will create a positive effect, including effects of an artistic, chartable, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, literary, medical, religious, scientific or technological nature.

Our flat fee of €1500 includes the following:

  • Check availability of proposed Public Benefit Corporation name
  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Corporate Bylaws
  • Filing Certificate of Incorporation with Delaware Secretary of State
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

Not-for-profit companies may be formed either as a Charitable Corporation or a Non-charitable Corporation. Unlike business corporations, a not-for-profit corporation may not be formed for pecuniary profit or financial gain and the corporation’s assets, income or profit generally may not be distributed to or otherwise used to benefit the corporation’s members, directors or officers. Our flat fee of €1500 includes the following:

  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Corporate Bylaws
  • Submission of incorporation papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

Any corporation granted an exemption by the IRS as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c) is exempt from Delaware Corporate Income Tax.   Non-profit organizations include, but are not limited to:

  1. Fraternal beneficiary societies,
  2. Orders or associations, cemetery corporations and corporations organized or trusts created for religious, charitable, scientific or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, home owner associations,
  3. Business leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, as well as clubs organized and operated exclusively for pleasure, recreation and other non-profit purposes.

Our flat fee of €1500 includes the following:

  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Corporate Bylaws
  • Filing Certificate of Incorporation with Delaware Secretary of State
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

This entity choice is available for engineers, architects, physicians, lawyers, dentists and other professions specified by the Department of Education. Our flat fee of €1200 includes the following:

  • Preparation of the Articles of Organization
  • Submission of incorporation papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

This entity choice is available for founders who are licensed or otherwise legally permitted to practice a professional service, including physicians, lawyers and other professions specified by the Department of Education. Our flat fee of €800 includes the following:

  • Check availability of proposed LLP name
  • Preparation of Certificate of Registration
  • Submission of founding papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

This entity choice is available to companies that will provide professional services in engineering and/or architecture and/or land surveying and/or landscape architecture.  Our flat fee of €1200 includes the following:

  • Check availability of proposed Design Professional Corporation (DPC) name
  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Moral Character Attestations (for unlicensed shareholders)
  • Submission of incorporation papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

One or more professionals may form a professional service corporation (P.C.) for the purpose of rendering the professional service or services that the professionals are authorized to practice. This entity choice is specifically available for engineers, architects, accountants, physicians, lawyers, veterinarians and chiropractors. Our flat fee of €1200 includes the following:

  • Check availability of proposed Professional Service Corporation (PC) name
  • Preparation of the following documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Corporate Bylaws
  • Submission of incorporation papers to the state
  • Preparation and filing (with the IRS) of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application

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