Business Formation, Start-up & On-Going Legal Management
Snohomish County Lawyers & Attorneys

Formation, Filing, and Start-up Legal Services For Snohomish County Businesses

Starting a business in Snohomish County is an exciting time. You have a dream that turned into a plan. Now it is time to put your plan into action by choosing a business structure to create a business entity. Selecting a structure has a long-lasting impact on business taxes, paperwork requirements, and personal liability. 

Business Structures 

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): An LLC is a popular choice among new business owners. It has fewer maintenance requirements than a corporation. It is also a separate legal entity from the owner, meaning you are not personally responsible for the conduct and debts of the company. 

 Additionally, for single-member - or one owner -  LLCs the IRS does not require the business itself to pay taxes because they consider it a disregarded entity. However, if you are the sole owner of an LLC, you must report business profits or losses on your individual income tax return.

Snohomish County Business Lawyers and Attorneys

Snohomish County Business Lawyers and Attorneys

  • Corporations

Like an LLC, a corporation is an independent legal entity from the owner(s). You are not personally responsible for the liabilities and debts of the business. There are two types of corporations: S-Corporations (S-Corp) and C-Corporations (C-Corp). Both options require formalities such as articles of incorporation, corporate bylaws, and director and shareholder meetings. 

The main differences between the two corporations are taxes and ownership. Note that your business will be taxed as C-Corp unless you elect to be taxed as an S-Corp. 

  • C-Corp: 
  • Taxes: C-Corp profits are taxed twice, a tax principal known as ‘double taxation.’ Taxes are paid once by the business entity and once by the shareholders. 

For example, if your company makes $100,000, the company pays taxes on that profit. The remaining funds are distributed to you and other shareholders. You then pay personal federal and/or state income tax on your dividend. 

  • Ownership: C-Corps have no shareholder limit.
  • S-Corp: 
      • Taxes: S-Corps have pass-through taxation. Pass-through taxation means that the business entity does not pay corporate taxes. Instead, the owners pay taxes on the profits or losses of the company on their tax forms. 
      • Ownership: S-Corps are limited to no more than 100 shareholders.

Business Structures We Advise Against 

  • General Partnerships: General partnerships are not a good idea because you are personally liable for all business debt, whether incurred by you or your partner. Personal liability opens the floodgates for all sorts of issues that are avoidable with other business structures. 

Get Started Today

Business structures impact your business’s taxes, maintenance requirements, and personal liability. The business attorneys at Bountiful Law in Snohomish County help you choose the most advantageous structure for your long-term goals. Call today to schedule a legal consultation at 425-775-900. 

On-Going Legal Services For Snohomish County Businesses

A business only starts with the formation. To keep a Snohomish County business running, you must comply with Washington State (And/Or other states) maintenance laws. Businesses that do not stay up-to-date with required meetings and documents are vulnerable to tax liability and loss of limited liability.

Should your business lose its limited liability, those seeking legal action against it can pursue your personal assets. At Bountiful Law in Snohomish County, our business attorneys and lawyers provide the necessary maintenance services to keep your business compliant and property safe.

Snohomish County Business Lawyers and Attorneys

Snohomish County Business Lawyers and Attorneys

Business Maintenance Services

  • Registered Agent: As your registered agent, we accept documents on behalf of your business, including annual reports, service of process, and other notices. 


  • Conducting Annual Meetings: Corporations must hold an annual shareholder meeting once a year where they address the following topics;
    • Election of directors when necessary 
    • The status of the corporation
    • Upcoming plans or projects
    • The annual report
    • Voting on essential issues
  • Drafting Documents: Every business needs documents that address internal operations. Two primary documents are corporate bylaws for S-Corps and C-Corps, and operating agreements for LLCs. 

All documents must be tailor-made to address the unique purposes and functions of your business. Therefore, "one size fits all" documents are not sufficient for continuity of practice and legal protection. Papers must be drafted with precision to ensure everyone - both inside and outside the company - understands the rules and expectations. Note the requirement differences between the two documents;

    • Corporate Bylaws 
      • Information regarding;
        • Identity, including whether it is a private or public entity
        • Statement of Purpose
        • Members
        • Board of Directors
        • Shareholders’ Meeting
        • Committees
        • Stock
        • Officers
        • Indemnification
        • Conflict of Interest
        • The procedure for bylaw amendments
    • Operating Agreement
      • The percentage of member's ownership
      • Voting rights and responsibilities 
      • Powers and duties of members and managers
      • Distribution of profits and losses 
      • Convene meetings
      • Buyout or buy-sell guidelines which decide the protocol for if a member passes away, becomes disabled, or wants to transfer their interest 
  • Filing Mandatory Documents with the Secretary of State: You must submit the correct documents with the Secretary of State to remain compliant with the law. Filing late may incur fees while failing to file can lead to the dissolution, or termination, of your business as a legal entity. Annual reports are one example of such documents. 

Maintain Your Snohomish County Business From The Start

The business attorneys at Bountiful Law focus on the legal requirements of your business so you can focus on building your business. Call today to schedule a consultation at 425-775-9700.

Snohomish County Business Lawyers and Attorneys