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Discussion in 'Lawn Care Business Management' started by Texas*Golf*Bum, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Texas*Golf*Bum

    Texas*Golf*Bum LawnSite Member
    Posts: 110

    Where would you recommend I get this? My lawyer or on line like legalzoom.com? I have been told that I might have loop holes if I do this on line.
     
  2. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    First try the search function on this website: secondly Go to your local county clerks office they can direct you from there.
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  3. PK Mows

    PK Mows LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    LegalZoom worked fine for me when switching to an S Corp. I think I spent about $750 with them and it was quite painless. Previously I have gone the LLC and S corp route but using a local Attorney, cost me probably 3 times as much and I had to make several trips to their office. LegalZoom does thousands and thousands of these things and have it down right. It's really just filing paperwork and paying fees, you can even do it yourself if you don't mind frustration. Myself, it's cheaper and less stressful to pay someone who knows what they're doing.

    Now myself, I don't see any real issue about who does the paperwork for you, long as they're a legitimate company. LegalZoom or any of the others should be just fine. BUT, just getting that status is the simple part, you must have a good Accountant to keep you current with all the rules. Especially important with either an S or C Corp but I think necessary as an LLC as well. You can get yourself some very major headaches real quick, simplest and safest to hire a Professional to maintain this essential part of your business. You have quarterly filings, State and Federal tax issues that are different from a sole proprietor, much more scrutiny from regulating agencies and who knows what else. So pay a good Accountant to sit down with him monthly and review your business and to keep you compliant. This sort of thing will save/make you more money than picking up a dozen residential accounts.
     
  4. Bhplyler

    Bhplyler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Go to secretary of state website and find the information on how to do it yourself in your state. It is very simple here in NC I would never consider hiring someone to do it.
     
  5. Texas*Golf*Bum

    Texas*Golf*Bum LawnSite Member
    Posts: 110

    Thank you for the help!
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  6. gwoodcutter

    gwoodcutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    I'm having my lawyer file all the paperwork for me and the only question he has is whether or not i should file Single member or Multi member. Does anyone here have any advice on this? Thanks.
     
  7. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 780

    We are an S Corp. Make sure you research the differences between an S corp and LLC. Its been so long ago that I can't tell you them, but an S corp made a lot more sense to us.
     
  8. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 780


    Isn't multi member only if you have partners? Do you?
     
  9. gwoodcutter

    gwoodcutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

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  10. gwoodcutter

    gwoodcutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Yes lawnlandscape, multi would be for if I had a partner, which I don't. I'm going to file single. That is what my tax lady advised. Now I'm looking into workmans comp.
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