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Houston Business Incorporation

Wilhite & Associates, P.C Attorneys at Law are successful in assisting clients with incorporation matters throughout the entire Harris County including Houston, Northwest Houston, Champions, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands and Conroe. Whether starting your own business, expanding your commercial presence, or making personal financial plans, it is important to ensure that you limit your personal liability, maximize your tax savings, and create a professional image for your clients, customers, and business associates. The attorneys at Wilhite & Associates, P.C. are available to consult with you about the type of business entity that will best suit your needs.

The major types of business entities utilized by most business owners are corporations (both ‘C’ corporations and ‘S’ corporations), limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships (general partnerships, limited partnerships (LPs), and limited liability partnerships (LLPs)), and sole proprietorships (d/b/a, assumed names).

Listed is a brief description of each type of entity and their basic benefits and potential problems:

Corporations

Corporations are possibly the most recognized business entity. They consist of a board of directors as the governing body and shareholders as owners. Corporations also have officers who manage the day-to-day operations. If formed and operated properly, corporations provide liability protection to their directors, shareholders, and officers. Corporations also provide a vehicle for providing needed benefits to their owners and employees. By making the proper election pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code (for example, electing ‘C’ corporation or ‘S’ corporation status) you can also maximize your tax savings. Corporations provide many benefits, but they can be cumbersome to operate properly with the meeting minutes requirements and other formalities necessary for this type of entity.

LLCs

Limited liability companies are a more modern business entity recognized by Texas statute. LLCs have managers who make up the governing body of the entity, members as owners, and can also have officers, such as president, secretary, and treasurer. LLCs may also have managing members who act both as the governing body and owners of the company. LLCs provide limited personal liability to their members, managers, and officers, and can act as ‘pass through entities’ for tax purposes (similar to the ‘S’ corporation). This entity is ideal for the company that is owned and governed by a few individuals who are looking to simplify the record-keeping requirements and minimize formalities. However, in some situations, LLCs provide fewer tax benefits to members than corporations.

Partnerships

General partnerships provide no liability protection. All partners in a general partnership share in the assets, income, management, and liabilities of the general partnership. Limited partnerships provide limited liability to limited partners who are generally considered passive investors in the partnership venture. LPs must have a general partner that will be responsible for all partnership liabilities. Limited liability partnerships (LLPs) provide limited liability for certain debts and claims if properly registered with the Texas Secretary of State. Partnerships are governed by partnership agreements that set out the rights and duties of each partner, and the agreements can be highly tailored to meet the business purposes of the partnership.

Sole Proprietorships

Sole proprietorships, also known as d/b/a or assumed names, are not a separate legal entity from their owner. As a result, they provide no limitation of personal liability and little tax benefit. An assumed name is registered with the county or counties where the business will operate.

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Properly forming and operating the business entity that bests suits your needs is imperative to limiting your personal liability and meeting the other goals of your business. To incorporate or form your business entity, you will need to consult with professional experts, including attorneys, CPAs, and financial planners, who understand your needs. Contact the attorneys at Wilhite & Associates, P.C. to schedule a consultation and discuss your specific concerns and goals. Our Houston civil litigation attorneys represent clients in Houston or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Washington County, Grimes County, Fort Bend County or Waller County. Call (281) 537-2171 or submit any questions or concerns you may have in our online form.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. represents clients from all over Southeast Texas, including:

Harris County - Aldine, Atascocita, Barrett, Barker, Baytown, Bellaire, Brownwood, Bunker Hill Village, Channelview, Clear Lake, Cloverleaf, Crosby, Cypress, Deer Park, East Houston, El Lago, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Highlands, Hilshire Village, Houston, Hudson, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, Kingwood, Klein, La Porte, Louetta, Lynchburg, Nassau Bay, North Houston, Pasadena, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Sheldon, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Webster, West University Place

Montgomery County - Conroe, Cut and Shoot, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Patton Village, Roman Forest, Shenandoah, Splendora, Stagecoach, Willis, Woodbranch, Woodloch, The Woodlands

Fort Bend County - Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fulshear, Kendleton, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Needville, Orchard, Pleak, Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, Stafford, Sugar Land, Thompsons

Waller County - Brookshire, Hempstead, Pattison, Pine Island, Prairie View, Waller

Grimes County - Anderson, Bedias, Iola, Navasota, Todd Mission

Washington County - Brenham, Burton, Chappell Hill

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