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Availability of LLC and Corporate Names in Virginia?

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

How do you find out whether the name you want to use for your new Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation is available?  There are two ways: You can check online by accessing the Virginia State Corporation Commission's online database (called the Clerk's Information System) located here.  Type in...

Virginia registered agents – who, what, where?

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

When you form a Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation, you must name a registered agent and registered office.  Why?  The answer is because of the nature of corporations and LLC's as separate entities.  In order to deal with these separate entities, we need to connect a real, breathing person to t...

Do I have to register my Virginia charity with the state?

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

Yes!  If you operate a charity in Virginia, you must first register with the state before soliciting contributions.  The Virginia Code requires that before you start soliciting funds from Virginia residents you first register with the state and pay the required filing fee.  If you're planning on...

Tax Status Options for a Virginia LLC

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

One of the nice benefits of an LLC in Virginia is that you have many choices for how you will be taxed by the IRS.  The choices available to you will depend on whether you're a single-member LLC or a multiple member LLC.  If you are a single-member LLC, the default tax status is as a sole propri...

First step in evaluating a franchise

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

Are you considering buying a franchise in Virginia?  If you are, the first thing you should do is make sure that the franchise you're considering has properly registered in Virginia.  Virginia, along with 14 other states, requires franchise registration.  This means that before a company can star...

Differences between corporations and LLC’s

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

I form a lot of Virginia limited liability companies and Virginia corporations for clients.  When deciding what entity to operate a business under, one of the first questions is "what is the difference between a Virginia corporation and a Virginia LLC?"  Here are my top five differences between t...

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