California Business Formation Attorneys

When you start a business, you want to ensure a foundation that will stand the test of time.  Properly establishing your business affords opportunity to operate and grow with ease, free from the specter of unforeseen legal problems and inflexibility.  Procuring the services of an experienced business attorney is the first step in making sure your new business avoids these unnecessary encumbrances.  We leave you to actually run your business without having to worry that some misfiled paperwork or hastily drafted document will create a legal nightmare for you down the road.

Corporate Governance

  • Articles of Incorporation & Organization
  • Bylaws & Operating Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Corporate Minutes Templates
  • Term Sheets
  • Stock Purchase Agreements 
  • Entity Amendments & Conversions

Business Formation

  • Entity Selection
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Corporations
  • C-Corporations
  • S-Corporations
  • Non-profits
  • B-Corporations

Business Formation Lawyers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego

California and the Bay Area are hotbeds for economic activity; our state’s economic output surpasses that of entire countries.  That means tens of thousands of businesses operating, with a fresh list of start-ups forming every day.  The adage goes that most businesses fail within their first year.  While many factors can contribute to the making or breaking of a business, legal issues are often found at the heart of the matter. 

Would it make more sense to form as an LLC or as a corporation?  What level of taxation will you be subject to as an S-corporation, and is that election possible?  How can you protect yourself from personal liability when forming a partnership?  What is the entity best suited to accommodate the type of investment you are looking to secure?  Before your business can get off the ground, such questions will require careful consideration and definitive answers.  Our role as business formation attorneys is to remove the guesswork from the process, and to provide a steady hand in arriving at the business structure you need to succeed.

Law Offices of James P. Marion, Esq. has worked with clients in cannabis, entertainment and many other industries, providing customized counsel to help business owners achieve their ultimate objectives.  Whether you are an individual artist or entrepreneur, founding an innovative start-up, or running an established non-profit or for-profit corporation, we are here to lend competent legal advice to assist your business.  Our primary office is located in San Francisco, but we work with clients all over California and the United States.  Get in touch with us by phone, by email, or by filling out our online contact form to schedule your free legal consultation today.