Using Your Home Address as Known Place of Business in Arizona

Using Your Home Address as Known Place of Business in Arizona

Business Formation, Corporations, Entity Formation
Startup founders who have just launched their business are usually focused squarely on developing their MVP and are not quite at the point where they need office space or want to take on the expense of an actual lease. These business owners will frequently ask our Phoenix startup law practice if they can use a home address (usually that of the company owner or a shareholder) as the known place of business for their Arizona corporation? First of all, the usual caveats. This post deals strictly with Arizona law and requirements. You should always examine the applicable law of your state of formation or consult an attorney practicing there. For purposes of this article, we also are focusing on Arizona domestic corporations. Now, let’s take a look at what Arizona…
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Repeat After Me—Domains are NOT Trademarks (but Trademarks Can Be Domains)

Repeat After Me—Domains are NOT Trademarks (but Trademarks Can Be Domains)

E-Commerce, Entity Formation, Lanham Act, Trademark, Trademark Infringement
Lately, I've had more than one new business owner client tell me they registered a website domain with their company name and, because they were able to do this, then it must not be a registered trademark and available, right? [I direct your attention to the title of this blog post] No, you cannot just add a word onto someone else's trademark and register that domain A recent situation with a new startup client ran something like this: the founder had selected their company name but had not ever bothered to perform an actual trademark search or "clear" the usage of the name. She subsequently hired my firm to assist with getting their startup formally set up and basic initial documentation and disclosures prepared. At one point, the founder requested…
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Is An S-Corporation Right for Your Startup?

Is An S-Corporation Right for Your Startup?

Business Formation, Corporations, Entity Formation, Equity Incentives, Foreign Corporation, Start-Up
In my Phoenix emerging business law practice, I’m regularly asked to incorporate a client’s startup company. However, I’m often met with a founder's blank stare or “Um…” when I ask them if they wish to be considered a C or an S-corporation. Let me remind the reader that I am not a CPA or tax attorney and that you should always (and I mean always!) discuss your and your co-founders' specific tax situation and business and capital raise goals with your CPA or tax advisor before making a Subchapter S election for your startup. Aren't all corporations just...well, corporations? Not exactly. When you incorporate your startup company, for Federal taxation purposes anyway your new corporation will be treated by default as what is known as a "C" corporation (based on…
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Demistifying Authorized vs. Issued Shares in Your Startup

Demistifying Authorized vs. Issued Shares in Your Startup

Corporations, Entity Formation, Start-Up, Stock Options
Historical Stock Securities by pictavio via Pixabay There is often a misconception among startup founders that the number of shares of stock authorized by the company is the same thing as the total number of shares issued. However, what shares are “authorized” and which are “issued and outstanding” are actually two very different things. What are authorized shares? When I say the words “authorized shares” to my founder clients, what I'm referring to is the number of shares the corporation is allowed (i.e., authorized!) to issue under its articles of incorporation (which may also be described as a certificate of or charter of incorporation, depending on the state the company is incorporated in). In most instances, particularly with our technology startup clients, we incorporate the company with anywhere from 10…
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What Should Par Value for My Startup’s Shares Be Set At?

What Should Par Value for My Startup’s Shares Be Set At?

Business Formation, Corporations, Entity Formation, Start-Up
Not that kind of Par. Founders who are incorporating their startup initially are usually faced with the question of what to set the “par” value of the business’ stock. This is a question I'm regularly asked about as a Phoenix Startup attorney. In this post, we look at what par value is, why it remains important, and what you might want to set it at initially. What's a Stock's Par Value? While most of us who golf (or try to anyway) are familiar with the concept of "par" on the golf course, when it comes to corporations, par has a very different meaning. It is a common misconception of startup founders is that par equates to market value. Although this can be true, it usually is not. Put simply, par…
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