Tag Archive: Business Formation

Dec 09

Will Minnesota be next for a “Right to Repair Law”?

A new Massachusetts law known as the “Right to Repair Law” requires car manufacturers to make diagnostic and repair systems, tools and information available to independent repair facilities upon “fair and reasonable terms.”  The purpose of this law is to put these shops on a more even playing field with dealers to perform non-warrantied work on …

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Oct 09

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sole Proprietor in Minnesota

The attorneys at Batten and Beasley can help you make the best decision on the entity type that is right for you. A sole proprietorship will be a viable alternative for operating your business if you will be the only owner and the business is not a type that involves significant risks of liability to …

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Jun 10

Non-Tax Factors of Business Formation Minnesota

In choosing the most appropriate form of organization, the business owner will want to consider a variety of factors, including: complexity and expense of organizing the business; liability of the business owner; distribution of profits and losses; management control and decision making; financing startup and operation of the business; transferability of ownership interest; continuity of …

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May 16

Forming a Business in Minnesota: Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Minnesota business also may organize as a limited liability company. A limited liability company elects to be treated for tax purposes as a sole proprietorship (disregarded entity), partnership, or corporation. A limited liability company may have one or more members. As described further in the section on tax considerations in choosing the form of …

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May 10

Forming a Business in Minnesota: Corporations

A corporation is a separate legal entity from its owners, owned by one or more shareholders. The corporation must be established in compliance with the statutory requirements of the state of incorporation. The shareholders elect a board of directors which has responsibility for management and control of the corporation. Because the corporation is a separate …

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May 09

Forming a Business in Minnesota: Sole Proprietor and Partnerships

Sole Proprietor In a sole proprietorship, the business is owned controlled by one individual. That person alone receives the profits and bears the losses from the business, and that person alone is responsible for the debts and obligations of the business. Income and expenses of the business are reported on the proprietor’s individual income tax …

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May 08

Starting a Small Business – How to Limit your Liability

Previously in the Starting a Small Business Series we discussed the importance of limiting your liability as a Minnesota small business owner. In this post we will discuss how small business owners can best limit their liability. The first step to limiting your personal liability is to create a limited liability entity. A local twin …

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Mar 01

Why Small Businesses Need Legal Counsel

There are many old adages that apply to why a small business needs to consult with and use the services of an attorney. My favorite is “You don’t know what you don’t know!” It is your job as an entrepreneur to focus on what you do best, which would be to run your business. It …

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Dec 14

Differences Between an S-Corporation and Limited Liability Company

There are three main differences between an S-Corporation “S-Corp.” and a Limited Liability Company “LLC”. These differences are (1) ownership restrictions, (2) the treatment of self-employment tax and (3) the distribution of profits and losses. The ownership restrictions for an S-Corp. are much more substantial than those of an LLC.  Pursuant to IRS code section …

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Nov 18

The Need for Member Control Agreements for LLCs

Often, new business owners question whether they need a member control agreement. They commonly don’t know of the possible pitfalls of operating without one. In this article we will address why a member control agreement for an LLC is a necessary component for the business. A member control agreement should address four primary issues. Determine …

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