Sowerby Law Office > Articles by: Elizabeth Brown

Avoiding the Potholes: Why Business Owners Need Legal Counsel

Business owners should interview attorneys when they first start up new businesses, in order to have a ready legal counsel contact. You may need this person to advise you before you act and to help you react when something happens in your business. If you are sued or have an unexpected situation, you might not have […]

Nursing Home Costs and Protecting the At-Home Spouse

As a senior, there is a good chance that you, or your spouse if you are married, will need long-term care at some point. The Nursing Home Costs of that care will not be cheap. In fact, if you failed to plan ahead, your long-term care (LTC) costs could deplete your retirement nest egg in […]

Your Company Record Book- What is it and What Should be in It?

When a new company is formed, attorneys tell them to “Put that in your company record book,” or “Make sure you keep a copy of that in your record book.” It’s as if this record book is the most vital part of a young company (arguably it is)…but just what is a record book? First […]

Do It Yourself – LLC Formations

Recently someone posted on a local Facebook site looking for recommendations for an attorney to form a limited liability company for the poster. The initial LLC Formations post got a few recommendations for good local business attorneys. But the post also received lots of advice from folks that told her that she should just go it […]

Transferring Real Estate to an LLC or other Entity: What about the Real Estate Transfer Tax

For many years, we advised small business clients to purchase real estate to be used in a business after the business was formed. Otherwise, if the real estate was purchased ahead of time in the personal name of the client, and then transferred later to the LLC or corporation, a second real estate transfer tax would be […]

Tips on Buying an Existing Small Business

Starting a small business is risky business. According to the Small Business Administration, only half of new businesses survive past five years. Sometimes an entrepreneur can skip some of the hassles of a new business start-up by Buying an Existing Small Business. Although buying an existing business might be less risky than starting a new […]