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Business Planning Attorneys in Erie, PA

Starting a company involves a number of different considerations including choosing the correct type of business entity, securing financing and discussing concerns such as limiting liability. When you create a company, there are filings that need to be made with the Department of State Corporation Bureau in Harrisburg. Our attorneys at Elderkin Law Firm will work with you to select the right type of entity for your business, and take care of all the paperwork necessary to get your new business on its feet.

We also can provide clients in the Northwestern Pennsylvania region with legal business planning advice in areas including:

  • Building or acquiring facilities or equipment
  • Contracting for the purchase or sale of goods and services
  • Developing policies, procedures, and plans concerning employees and independent contractors
  • Drafting of appropriate employment agreements and/or covenants not to compete
  • Insurance coverage & claims litigation
  • Leases
  • Licensing
  • Trade secrets

No matter the issue, one of our business law attorneys has had experience with a problem similar to yours. Call our office in Erie, PA at (814) 456-4000 and our business team will be ready to assist you. 

I’m starting a business with a business partner; what steps do I need to take to protect my own investments?

You and your partner will want to make sure that you both understand how the business will operate, and what your respective roles will be. It will be important for you to have your business arrangement reduced to writing so that there is no confusion as to how each of you will contribute to the operation of the business, how you will be compensated, how decisions will be made, what will happen in the event of dissolution and many similar topics.  Choice of operating entity for the business is also a very important consideration. Many businesses are established as either corporations or limited liability companies, which are entities that would help shield your personal individual assets from liabilities of the business or the company that you’re forming. Knowing what business form will best serve you will depend on many factors that you and your business partner should discuss with an attorney before you get the enterprise off the ground.  It's never too early to consult an experienced business attorney, who can help you think through the issues before they become problems.

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