Choose a Legal Structure for Your Business

What is a business legal structure?

Businesses in the United States are legal entities defined by city, state, and federal laws. The legal structure of a business can vary. Some businesses are structured as corporations, some as limited liability companies, some as sole proprietorships, and so on.

In order to start your business, you’ll need to decide on an appropriate legal structure, and work with an attorney or other service provider to prepare the necessary documentation.

Why is it important to choose the correct legal structure for my business?

There are many legal and financial issues to consider when choosing a legal structure for your business. The right legal structure can help limit your liability and protect your personal assets from bankruptcy. Legal structure can also influence the way your business is taxed, and the way it carries out day-to-day operations.

Which legal structure is right for my business?

There are many factors to consider when determining an appropriate legal structure for your business, and it’s best to consult with a business counselor, attorney or accountant before making a decision.

The Small Business Administration is a great resource for learning more about possible legal structures for your business.

SBA Business Structure Guide

Register Your Business with the Massachusetts Secretary of State

In order to operate within Brookline, your business must be registered with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Register with the MA Secretary of State

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