Personally, I dont think you need a lawyer. You can always obtain one if you need one. I know a few but have only used them to draw up my contracts. Call the secretary of state to see what you need to do with getting the business lic. I would also venture to say that you arent hiring anybody right out the gate so dont worry about the payroll thing yet. To be legit you need the business lic., liability insurance, and the other lic. mentioned if you go into those fields(DNR, chemicals, etc). I guess my point is, you dont need to be bogged down with some of the stuff mentioned. You arent big enough to have to worry about that stuff yet. Focus on the licenses, insurance, and getting customers. Grow your business and then implement the other things mentioned. I do recommend a good CPA right off the bat though.