Corporate Formation & Governance

Form Your Company For a Flat Fee

Choose the legal counsel you need without being worried about the billable hour. Clients on our flat formation fee can pick up the phone and call without fear of high costs. We walk you through every step of the process, from choosing which corporate form to how to set up your bank account.

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business entity that combines pass-through taxation with the limited liability of a corporation. LLCs provide owners, known as members or managers, flexibility through tailoring the business’s Operating Agreement. Additionally, the IRS provides LLCs with pass-through taxation.

At Apex Law we work with numerous start up and early stage companies. The decision to form a LLC must take into account complex issues surrounding ownership and control, liability, taxation, and profit sharing.

Flat Fee Services for LLCs

  • Drafting, advice, and counsel to obtain and file
    • Operating Agreement to form the company
    • Certificate of Formation from the Secretary of State
    • A master business license application
    • A request for a Federal Employer Identification Number
    • Any city business licenses, if necessary, for the company
    • Provide a half hour meeting once above services are complete to discuss potential next steps

Other Formation & Governance Services

  • Initial & Annual Reports
  • C-Corp Election
  • Membership Issuance and Conversion
  • Amendment of Principal Documents
  • Any other legal advice, analysis, and services as requested by the client

A Corporation is one of the most common and recognizable business entities. Corporations are formed and registered with the Secretary of State and require a number of formation documents.  Seen as a separate legal person from the owners, the law affords protection to the Board of Directors, Officers, and shareholders.

At Apex Law we work with numerous start up and early stage companies. The decision to form a Corporation must take into account complex issues surrounding ownership and control, liability, taxation, and corporate profits.

Flat Fee Services for Corporations

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Corporation Bylaws
  • EIN
  • State Business License
  • Local Business License
  • Organizational Meeting Minutes
  • Initial Report
  • Certificate of Formation

Other Services for Corporations

  • Annual Reports
  • Corporate Minutes
  • S Corp Election
  • Stock Issuance and Conversion
  • Corporate Resolutions
  • Amendment of Principal Documents
  • Financial Statements: Review and Advice
  • Corporate and Financial Structuring

A Washington Social Purpose Corporation (SPC) allows companies to fulfill a stated social or environmental goal alongside pursuing financial profit. Under Washington law, SPCs may consider its mission in corporate decision making. SPCs are governed and managed similarly to a normal corporation; however, a SPC must define a social purpose and notify investors of this incorporation.

At Apex Law,  we believe that social entrepreneurship is one of the most important and fastest growing business models being adopted today.

Flat Fee Services for Social Purpose Corporations

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Corporation Bylaws
  • EIN
  • State Business License
  • Local Business License
  • Organizational Meeting Minutes
  • Initial Report
  • Certificate of Formation

Other Services for Social Purpose Corporations

  • Annual Reports
  • Corporate Minutes
  • S Corp Election
  • Stock Issuance and Conversion
  • Corporate Resolutions
  • Amendment of Principal Documents
  • Financial Statements: Review and Advice
  • Corporate and Financial Structuring

 

Resources
Become a certified B Corporation
Social Purpose Corporation Primer
The Difference between a B Corporation and Benefit Corporation
Find the Recipe for Social Entrepreneurship
Washington’s Social Purpose Corporation
Why the Social Purpose Corporation is Necessary
White paper by Attorney Peter J. Smith on the Social Purpose Corporation

A Non-Profit is a legal entity dedicated on furthering a social cause or mission instead of making profit. Non-Profits include charities, foundations, industry associations, sports clubs, and religious organizations. The organization is generally controlled by a Board of Directors and managed by either volunteers or paid executives.

Apex Law has provided services to nonprofit organizations at all stages of growth. We help our nonprofit clients manage a diverse array of legal issues including maintaining tax-exempt status, corporate governance, officer and director compensation, and technology licensing and transfer.

Apex Law prides itself on being a firm that adds value in business thinking and counsel without losing focus of our client’s core mission. In addition to providing legal services, we work to connect our clients with the supportive local nonprofit community. As a part of this community, we often help our nonprofit clients connect with the right service providers to provide the necessary expertise to ensure that our clients flourish and achieve their mission.

Flat Fee Services for Non-Profits

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Non-Profit Bylaws
  • State Business License
  • Local Business License
  • EIN
  • Organizational Meeting Minutes
  • Certificate of Formation
  • Initial Report
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Consent to Review E-notice
  • WA Non-Profit

Other Services: Non-Profit

  • Nonprofit fundraising and finance
  • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Corporate governance (forming advisory boards, committees, and other organizational arms)
  • Filing form 1023 seeking tax-exempt (501c3) recognition
  • Director and officer compensation
  • Advice on avoiding private inurement and excess benefit transactions
  • Mergers
  • Social Enterprise and for-profit subsidiaries
  • Employees and volunteer

Additionally, Apex Law assists our Non-profit clients with maintaining funding through grants and earned income. Financing a Non-profit can be a complicated process that encounters many legal issues that can affect the entity’s non-profit status. Through counsel and strategic planning, Apex Law helps our clients continue their growth and outreach.

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