Entrepreneurs starting a business, this one's for you. Free corporate formation for New York / California businesses.
I've started a few businesses and hold real estate in various corporate "entities." Entity formation is a key element of "doing things right" both for tax, liability and general legal issues. I studied up on this stuff back in the day... In the past, I did it myself (one can fill out the forms themselves) and I've also used legalzoom.com
, which is a good resource for straight-forward simple entities like home-based businesses. But if you're starting a dotcom where you expect to employ people, especially with partners, I'd say it's definitely important to get the guidance of a real lawyer. One that I've worked with, Jeffrey Unger, asked me this weekend if I knew any entrepreneurs who would need his services right now.
Jeff has mostly formed entities for people in the entertainment and real estate industries, but wants to branch out into the market for entrepreneurs forming corporations. To do that, he's created a promotion where he'll advise and form the entities for 500 startups for free. It's his way of getting his name out there, and building references in the dotcom industry which, of course, he hopes will lead to future business. As a civic minded person, I know he also hopes these dotcoms / entrepreneurs will help boost the economy.
He asked me if I knew anyone looking.. and instead of saying "yah I know a guy or two," I offered to post it up here on G+ since I figured there might be an entrepreneur or two out there.. Also, because this is typically a pretty expensive service ($500 - $1,500 even in the "self-service" models) and can save you a lot of money if Jeffrey selects you as someone to help for free. So, if you're interested, visit Jeffrey's website here: http://bit.ly/rlfsa7
No I'm not getting paid for this... I'm just trying to help people out who might need it.
Also, since I don't want to "sully" my profile with commercialism... I like to think of my G+ as a "blog" so I probably won't leave this up that long.. Just enough to send some traffic Jeffrey's way and then I'll probably delete this. :-)
Btw, Jeffrey is not
an investor -- this is not 500 startups / Dave McClure or anything like it - he's just there to help people with the mechanics of entity formation. That said, Jeffrey does want to see business plans to know that he's helping people with a serious business that has a serious chance for success. No one should waste each other's time here, of course. The details of application are on the website, enjoy :) Remember, it's only for New York and California businesses, because that's where he practices law...