It is no surprise that the LLC has become the most popular limited liability entity to form in the U.S. The flexibility afforded by the LLC structure is attractive to many entrepreneurs, especially small businesses. There’s one important step that owners of an LLC should not overlook: drafting the operating agreement. Today’s post highlights some of the main benefits of drafting an operating agreement for your LLC.

What is an Operating Agreement?

It’s a contract between the owners of the LLC (referred to commonly as “members”) and the LLC itself. The operating agreement includes terms that detail (among other things) the management rights, distribution of cash, allocation of profits of losses, and how members can join and exit the company.

Setting Clear Management…

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I hear clients often discuss raising money from friends and family to finance their business. There is a common misunderstanding that you can take on investment from friends and family without having to comply with securities laws. This type of misunderstanding regarding securities laws can lead to serious consequences for the owners of the business. And I wanted to set the record straight so you can avoid unnecessary liabilities when raising money for your business.

What is a security?

To begin, it is important to understand what a security is to understand why this all matters at all. There’s a lengthy definition for what a security is, and boiled down to its essence a security is any contract, transaction or scheme…

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As a small business owner, it is important that you are aware of all mandatory regulations that affect your business. One such regulation for employers in Washington is providing workers’ compensation coverage for all non-exempt employees. Today’s post discusses some general information related to workers’ compensation insurance, and highlights certain individuals who are not required to be covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

What is workers’ compensation insurance?
Workers’ compensation provides no-fault insurance coverage for most employers and workers in Washington state. Workers that are unable to work because of a work-related injury or occupational disease may be eligible for partial wage replacement benefits and medical treatment for injuries that occur as a result of their employment. Employers are required to…

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Sorting out your company’s owners’ exit strategy is one the most important considerations when forming an LLC. It may sound odd, but deciding how to get out of your small business in the beginning will save you and your business partners time and money down the road. When it comes to LLCs, one of the primary benefits is flexibility when drafting the operating agreement. This can be especially important when deciding on exit strategies, restrictions, and procedures for your small business. Today’s post highlights some of the more common exit provisions in an LLC operating agreement.

Buy sell provisions detail what will happen when a member of the LLC decides to leave the business, dies, or is otherwise unable to continue…

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