Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ready To Incorporate? Houston Lawyer Can Help

Incorporating your business creates a separate legal entity from the individuals who own and/ or operate it. Even if you are the only owner, you and the corporation become separate legal entities. It is advisable to consult your attorney for legal advice.

Reserve Your Corporate Name

Check to see if the name you are using is available. Usually, you can obtain this information by contacting the Corporations Commissioner or Secretary Of State. You can use search firms or do this on your own by checking with trademark registers.

Select Your Corporation Type

There are different kinds of corporations suitable for different businesses. Contact your attorney and business associates to make this decision to understand the legalities and tax ramifications.

Set Up Your Pre- incorporation agreement

This can be a useful tool to start a corporation with the proper structure. Consult your attorney for legal advice. Your pre-incorporation agreement is not required but should include...
  • Names of shareholders
  • Name and type of Corporation
  • Purpose of Corporation
  • State of incorporation
  • Number of stock shares to be issued
File Your Articles Of Incorporation

The process begins by preparing Articles of Incorporation. This fee varies depending on your state and will document the following…
  • The Incorporator (s)
  • Number of Stock Shares To Be Held By Whom
  • Name and purpose
  • Type of corporation (for taxes)
  • State of business
Prepare Corporate Bylaws

Bylaws mainly detail the rules under your state's laws. You and your owners fill in other details such as meetings, board of directors, and voting procedures.

Your First Board Of Directors Organizational Meeting

Meeting minutes record the topics discussed at a meeting. All board meetings require notes to be kept on file. Most states require a President, Treasurer, and Secretary but one person is able to hold these offices in most states. The board must authorize the stock issuance at the first meeting

Issue Your Stock

The final step of your incorporation occurs when you file a Notice of Stock Issuance and issue stock certificates to shareholders and register with the Security and Exchange Commission. Consult your attorney for assistance. Begin your attorney search below to help you incorporate...

Disclaimer- is for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hiring A Houston Attorney- Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to find an attorney in Houston?

You have various methods to find your attorney such as the yellow pages or TV commercials but the easiest is a Google search. Type “Houston Attorneys" in the Google search bar below...

Why should I hire an attorney?

The complexity of our court system makes hiring a lawyer or attorney a necessity in most situations. Even other attorneys will regularly hire other attorneys for legal representation.

Why do the costs vary so much between attorneys?

Attorneys handle different kinds of cases and charge different rates. The price difference is dramatic between attorneys in many instances. Attornies typically charge their market value... similar to other industries. Perhaps Houston may be priced differently than New York. It is sometimes difficult to get quotes over the phone unless the attorney has reviewed the details of your case.

Is it possible to negotiate rates with attorneys?

Yes, depending on the attorney. Some busy Houston law firms are already working at capacity but others may be willing to reduce their fees like billing increments and hourly rates. Some lawyers have flat fees for services such as traffic tickets that you can sometimes negotiate. Keep in mind that both parties must win and if you negotiate too well, your attorney may lack the incentive to go the extra mile to provide you with ideal service.

What questions should I ask my attorney?

These are a few questions you may want to ask among others…
· Do you have a free initial consultation?
· Does your law firm handle cases like mine regularly?
· How long should this case take to be finalized?
· What is the total amount I need to pay?
· Who in your law office can I speak to regarding my case if you are unavailable?

Is it possible to fire my attorney?

You reserve the right to terminate your agreement with your attorney but are still responsible for the fees. Always consult another attorney regarding your particular situation.

What actions can I take in the event of a dispute?

If you have a dispute between you and your attorney, you can contact the Texas State Bar. You can file a formal complaint to and may be able to request an investigation if necessary.

Disclaimer- is for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.