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Incorporate Your Business: A Legal Guide To Forming A Corporation In Your State 3rd Edition Paperback – May, 2005

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"Offers a 50-state guide to incorporating a business without wasting money on attorneys or getting lost in the legalese.... This one's essential." (Michael Maiello, Forbes 20080202)

Offers a 50-state guide to incorporating a business without wasting money on attorneys or getting lost in the legalese.... This one's essential. (Michael Maiello Forbes 20090101)

About the Author

Anthony Mancuso is a corporations and limited liability company expert. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and studies advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for Silicon Valley EDA (Electronic Design Automation) companies, most recently working on a C++ open-source integrated circuit database project team. He is the author of several Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include Incorporate Your Business, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (national and California editions), Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, The Corporate Records Handbook, and LLC or Corporation?. He wrote and programmed Nolo's LLC Maker and Incorporator Pro software programs, which generate state-by-state articles and other forms for organizing corporations and LLCs. His books and software have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist in many musical idioms.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 3rd edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413301851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413301854
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,103,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Chang on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I looked at several books and found this one by Nolo to be COMPLETE, SUPERB, EASY TO FOLLOW. It explains benefits of incorporating then lead you through very clear step-by-step instructions. CD provides samples, save you from typing and there's explicit instructions fro each state. I incorporated in MA successfully using this guide. The author(attorney) has written many related books in similar clear step-by-step fashion. Thank you so much. I couldn't have had the guts to incorporate without this book and it turned out to be so easy.
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I have a bunch of these helpful books from Nolo. Even though there is often some overlap of information, that's not necessarily a bad thing and unavoidable since there are these are written by different authors. Another nice feature is the ability to link to accurately updated information on Nolo's web site, including state and Federal regulations and forms.

This book will help you decide whether to incorporate, what type of corporation to form and walk you through filing articles of incorporation with your state. It contains everything to get you off on the right foot.

For me, that is a decision of whether to operate as a sole proprietorship or a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), which offers some tax and protective advantages. I had originally anticipated visiting with and attorney, determining whether my chosen business name was available and paying the attorney to write and file paperwork to start my LLC. After just working through part of this excellent reference, I believe I'm armed with adequate knowledge to eliminate the middle man and perform these necessary tasks myself - saving 0ver a thousand dollars. I'll also be more in tune with my corporate requirements and better able to make necessary corporate decisions going forward.

If you're not comfortable or confident with "do it better yourself" practices, then this is not the book for you. If, however, you like to make your own decisions, determine your own business destiny and either want to have the necessary knowledge or want to save some money forming your corporation - then this book may be just what you need.
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I purchased this book even though I incorporated already. I wanted to review some items and also assist my father in law with possible incorporation. He read some of it and commented that it was a good text - clear and informative. I also found the text to be clear, informative and exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend this text to others, I would be interested to see what additional information is in the updated 4th edition.
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I bought the pdf version of the 6th edition of this book direct from Nolo. I am in the process of starting a business for the first time, so prior to buying the book I had no background experience apart from what I had gleaned from a week or so on the internet researching the pros and cons of different business structures.

I found the book to be very thorough, clear, informative, easily read and well organized. I would definitely recommended it. As well as explaining what has to be done, there are many sample forms that are used to show in detail what has to be filled out and filed and also pointers to external resources. Also as well as detailing the most straightforward ways of doing things, the author highlights areas in which an individual business's circumstances may add additional complexity. He also provides advice on how to find state-specific information in the states' Business Corporation Acts. Judicious use of sidebars and "skip ahead" notes help the reader avoid getting too bogged down in details they may not immediately need.

The author is also careful to point out areas in which a business founder may need to get additional legal and accounting advice and gives specific information on developing relationships with suitable advisors.

The only limitations I found...

The treatment of S-corps seems a little on the light side. Pros and cons relative to other business structures are summarized pretty well in Chapter 1, but in Chapters 4 & 5, which deal with the actual tasks that need to be undertaken during and immediately after incorporation, there is no mention of anything that is different about forming an S-corp compared with a C-Corp.
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Very easy to read and understand.
I wasn't sure if I should attempt to set up our new corporation myself or have an attorney do it so I decided to get this book and see how difficult it really was. I ended up doing it myself and saving several hundred dollars in attorney fees. It was not difficult at all.
It comes with a CD that has all the templates needed for bylaws and other start up forms. I highly recommend this book.
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