Setting up a business in Atlanta isn't as simple as it may seem. It's not just about choosing a name and opening the doors with a product or service to sell. There are rules and regulations that have to be adhered to in order to get off on the right foot.
The forms may seem endless, but they're necessary to start a new business and take care of the legalities to make sure you don't have trouble later.
In the US a business license is mandatory to conduct a "legal" operation. The rules and regulations will differ depending on where you set up your business. If you plan on opening in the city, then you apply to and comply with the city specifications for running a business.
The firm offers advice to small businesses to assist in formation, employee issues, trademark infringement and liability claims. The firm has experience litigating both in federal and state court in and outside of Georgia. We have litigated a large variety of business and personal matters. Business law matters are generally handled on an hourly fee basis.
While you might have a superb name chosen for your new venture, you need to check and make sure you're not violating a trademark. Next would be registration of the company name. In the US, partnerships and sole proprietorships have to register their trade name with the secretary of the state.
If you're starting a larger corporation, you will have to register with the Department of Financial Institutions in your home state. This is when you register the trade name as a trademark if you plan to sell goods under the same name.
Depending on the type of business you choose to set up, your tax requirements and liability issues will vary. This is why you will need a legal expert to sort out the paperwork.
Ask about Intellectual Property Rights. These are to protect your "ideas" from being used or stolen by others. The intellectual property may be registered as a trademark or under the Copyright and Patent Act.
Health and safety is another issue to be aware of, as these standards must be maintained at work for the benefit of any workers you have. Every company with three or more people must provide insurance against on-the-job accidents.
At Webb & D'Orazio, we have over 50 years experience handling cases of this nature. Our firm has the highest AV rating with Martindale Hubbell. The "A" is for legal ability and stands for Very High to Preeminent. The "V" is for ethical standards and stands for Very High. You know you will get preeminent personal service when your case is handled by Webb & D'Orazio.
Please contact Robert F. Webb or John D'Orazio at 800-321-5685 for a free consultation.