Business law can be difficult and confusing, especially if you’re just beginning as a business person.
Luckily, you don’t have to figure out your next legal steps alone. At The Curry Law Firm, we know starting a business, moving forward with a business deal, or other steps can be tough. Luckily, we have the tools and resources you need to move forward.
As a small-business owner, there are many areas where you may need legal help. These areas may include the following:
Your business lawyer can advise you on every legal step of your business venture. If you’re concerned about any of these areas of your business, reach out to a business lawyer in Houston to discuss your case.
All businesses enacting transactions in Texas must be registered in the state of Texas. But whether you’ll need to register with the state or with a county clerk will depend on the type of business. Sole proprietorships and partnerships are required to register and file an assumed name certificate (also called doing business as) with the county clerk.
Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) must register with the state. Typically, if you incorporate, you’ll have to select the correct legal structure for your business and register with the Texas Secretary of State.
If you’re starting a company that has more than one owner, make sure each person is aware of their responsibilities and liabilities before signing any documents. You’ll need an operating agreement or partnership agreement for your business if it’s an LLC or LLP.
Next, you’ll want to check with your local government office to find out what licenses or permits your business may need in order to operate legally in your area. These may include liquor licenses, health permits, zoning permits, and other similar requirements. Houston has a business portal for those looking for a clear, easy guide on the steps you’ll need to take.
There are many different types of business structures that can be used for small businesses. These include sole proprietorships, partnerships (limited or general), limited liability companies (LLCs), and corporations. Any of these types may be the right fit for your business.
The type of structure you choose will depend on several factors, including tax considerations, size, liability concerns, and each partner’s desired level of control over the company’s operations. Because of this, you may need to speak with a business lawyer about your needs and expectations before you start your business.
For example, a corporation is a business that is legally separate from its owners. It has its own legal identity and can sue or be sued on its own behalf.
In contrast, an LLC is a special type of business structure that combines the tax advantages of a sole proprietorship or partnership with the limited liability protection of a corporation. It’s similar to an S corporation in that it’s taxed as a partnership, but the owner or owners aren’t personally liable for the debts and liabilities of the LLC.
Trademarks protect images, symbols, words, and phrases that are used to identify specific products or services that are sold in commerce. Trademarks have to be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Copyright protects original works of the author, like books, photographs, music compositions, and artwork whether they are published or not.
A copyright gives you, as the owner, exclusive rights over the reproduction, distribution, and adaptation of your work. This is typically created automatically when a work is created. If you’re concerned about protecting your work, your lawyer can guide you through the process of trademarking and protecting your intellectual property.
Large or small, most businesses will need legal services at some point during their existence. It’s important to find an attorney who understands your industry and has experience dealing with other small businesses in Houston.
Your lawyer can guide you through the process of creating your business and maintaining the legal aspects of running a business. If you’re unsure of your next steps, feel free to reach out to us for a consultation.
Starting a business can be intimidating without legal help, and there’s little room for error. Fortunately, the attorneys at The Curry Law Firm are here to help answer your questions and take action.
Ready to get answers? Call us at 713-678-0013 or fill out our online contact form below. We’re ready to help you make your next business venture a huge success.