Incorporation · LLC

Best soures for setting up an LLC?

Derek Dukes Business Development, Startups at Amazon Web Services

January 28th, 2014

I have typically used a lawyer to set up LLCs / C-Corps et al., but I'm considering using Legalzoom or other alternatives for setting up. Who among you have had good experiences using Legalzoom or have a local SF lawyer you could intro me to.

Andy Jagoe

January 28th, 2014

Hey Derek, Have you looked at Clerky? I've just done the process with them and am impressed. https://www.clerky.com/

hunter walk Partner at Homebrew VC (fmr YouTube, Google, Second Life product lead)

January 28th, 2014

https://www.upcounsel.com/ can connect you w high quality independent lawyer. they facilitate a ton of incorporations. real lawyer, not a form/paralegal. several of our portfolio companies use them for legal work (contract reviews, employment law stuff. etc)

Scott Milburn Entrepreneurial Senior Executive and Attorney

January 28th, 2014

Derek, speaking with my lawyer hat on, you should not have to spend more than $1,000, at the most, in legal fees for a basic incorporation of an LLC or C-Corp. In Seattle, I and other lawyers do them for significantly less than that.

Josh Bohls Founder at Inkscreen

January 29th, 2014

I would recommend going to www.clerky.com - SF based, focused on start-up community, and affordable. Ask for Chris Field if you end up getting consultation.

Grant Moller MBA | PMP | Certified AWS Architect | Entrepreneur

January 29th, 2014

I've done it myself in the past, but used Legalzoom for my latest S Corp. The process was easy, the service is excellent and the additional services that come as part of the initial package have been quite valuable. I've used the legal consultation services that come as part of the Business Advantage plan a number of times. I like the value Legalzoom provides and will continue to use them.

Anonymous

January 28th, 2014

I really like LegalZoom. The process is quite fast and their support is actually really good. The last time I used them, it took less than 2 weeks to complete everything. In fact, I'm working on a side (for now :)) photo startup with 2 co-founders and we just filed for an LLC on the 24th and LegalZoom estimates we should be all set by the 2nd of February (as can be seen here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/on168ljrcqgo7a0/legalzoom-example-screenshot-001.png). We're also using them for trademark filing. So yeah, I'd recommend them.

- Jonathan

Anonymous

January 28th, 2014

@Duane Nickull:

For the most part, you can avoid this type of problem by completely reading and making sure you understand every question you answer. Also, it takes time, but read all the legalese ... all of it. You can call them if you don't understand something and they'll walk you through it.

- Jonathan

Kate Hiscox

January 29th, 2014

I always use Legalzoom although the last one was Wyoming and I used an excellent company there to set it up. If it's a Nevada LLC, Mail Link Plus are great for mailbox services and include being a registered agent for free. Sent from my iPhone

Kate Hiscox

January 29th, 2014

Interesting, they push a C Corp over an LLC for a startup. I wonder what the assumptions are? Sent from my iPhone

Kate Hiscox

January 29th, 2014

Just to clarify, if all you want is an LLC then save your money and use Legal Zoom for ease. Corporate governance, partnership and operating agreements etc. are separate things. That's where a lawyer comes in. Sent from my iPhone