Business Services

Formation | Contracts Intellectual Property | Representation

Whether you are starting a new business or are looking for consultation with your existing company, I offer a variety of services to help you reach your goals.  I can assist with deciding how to incorporate (or if even if you should), and preparing the required formation documents.  For existing business I can assist with lease agreements, preparing or review contracts and provide advice on other business and legal matters including trademark and copyright issues.

I offer most business services at a flat rate so you know what to expect before you move forward.  For services not listed below, I can give you an estimate of the costs before the work is started.

BUSINESS FORMATION

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) – single member – $300*
    includes Certificate of Formation, LLC Agreement (basic),1 hour consultation, EIN registration and Registered Agent**
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) – multi-member – $600*
    includes Certificate of Formation, LLC Agreement (custom), 1 hour consultation, EIN registration and Registered Agent**.
    ⇒   View LLC F.A.Q.
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) – $800*
    includes Certificate of Partnership, LLC Agreement, 1 hour consultation, EIN registration and Registered Agent**
  • Corporation (Inc.)  – single member – $300*
    includes Articles of Incorporation, 1 hour consultation, EIN registration and Registered Agent**
  • Corporation (Inc.)  – multi-member – $800*
    includes Articles of Incorporation, Operating Agreement, 1 hour consultation, EIN registration and Registered Agent**

* This does not include the State of Maine filing fees.
** Registered Agent services includes subsequent state filing requirements and 30 minutes of consultation time @ $45 annually.

CONTRACTS

Assistance with drafting and reviewing contracts.  Litigation representation.

  • Purchase agreement
  • Indemnity
  • Lease – commercial or residential
  • Liability Waiver
  • Non-Compete
  • Non-Disclosure
  • Power-of-Attorney

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Copyright – Registration and research
  • Trademark – State & Federal registration and research

REPRESENTATION

We can provide legal representation in disputes with individuals, other companies or governmental agencies.  Contact us to discuss details.   The rate is $175 / hour.


 

Limited Liability Company ~ F.A.Q.

Q.  What is required to establish an LLC in Maine?

A.  An individual or a group of people can set up an LLC.  A Certificate of Formation needs to be filed with the Maine Secretary of State. Additionally an LLC Agreement is required, but does not get filed with the state.  A federal employer identification number (EIN) is also required.  In order to maintain the liability protection an LLC provides, a separate bank account for the LLC is needed.  Depending on the type of business, additional permits and licensing may be required.

Q.  What does it cost to establish a LLC in Maine?

A.   There is a state of Maine filing fee of $175 to record a Certificate of Formation (with additional fees for expedited processing).  The LLC Agreement needs to be prepared (though not filed with the state), and depending on number of members the fee for that will vary.

Q.  How long does it take?

A.   An LLC is officially established when recorded with the state of Maine.   When filing the Certificate of Formation with the state you have three options for how quickly the filing will be processed –  there is “immediate service”, “24 hour service”, or regular service.  Regular service typically takes about a week, although sometimes longer if the Secretary of State office has a backlog.
We can typically prepare the Certificate of Formation for filing with the state in a couple days, but sooner if need be.  For a single member LLC, the LLC Agreement can be done with the Certificate of Formation.  For a multi-member LLC the Agreement will take more time to fit for the needs of the LLC.

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