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I am starting a photography business and first want to know if I
need a lawyer, to draw up papers for an LLC?
A bookeeper to help me keep track of finances? (And teach me
Quicken for Mac)
A CPA to do taxes & give tax advice?
And/Or an accountant?
How many of the above do I need & can anyone make any
recomendations as to who is wise to tax law, honest, and
not too expensive, not condescending, as well as a shrewd
business person, preferably in the Richmond,El Cerrito, Berkeley
You don't need a lawyer to create your LLC: you can do it
yourself, or use Nolo Press materials to guide you. That said,
it's still often a good idea to have a lawyer do it, or at
least to consult with one. Why? It's simply that the lawyer
will be able to use the time you spend together to discover any
other issues that may exist with your prospective business.
Some will be relatively obvious things to check - licensing
requirements, fictitious name statements, etc. - and others
probably less so. Nor is it necessarily expensive to involve an
attorney: I offer a free consultation, for instance, and so do
If there's anything that I can do for you, please feel free to
contact me by phone (510-289-2288) or via email at any time.
I'm, a videographer and have used Richard Lee, 272-0200, as my
attorney for over 20 years (thankfully not frequently!). He
has a reasonable fee, but you can see him for a half hour free
if you join Film Arts Foundation for $45. www.filmarts.org
Dennis Middleton is a tax CPA who can set things up for you so
you get maximum deductions. His phone is 339-8860, email is
dnm at jps.net.
Sandra Garselle, with Hilliard Management, can do your
weekly/monthly bookkeeping 655-2041
An excellent lawyer to contact is Richard Lee, 510-272-0200,
or e-mail rjl at rjleelaw.com. He is experienced working with
new businesses. You might also try Ann Valliant, who is a
Management Consultant, 510-848-1516
ann at annvalliant.com. She could help you set up
bookeeping and advise you on your other needs
I am considering starting a small business and would like to
consult with an attorney about my options. I have looked at the
website, but there are only a couple recommendations and they are
old and not geographically convenient. Can anyone recommend
someone in the East Bay, first choice being Berkeley/Albany, but
others would be great too.
www.sweepslaw.com: (Berkeley) good, knowledgeable attorneys to
help you decide a) which corporate status is right for you, b) how to
secure your trademark or trade name, and c) what issues you should be
worried about as you begin. Ask for Angelique Tremble for corporate
formation questions and Tsan Abrahamson for trademark/tradename
issues. (flat fee for corporate formations, and they provide excellent
back-up materials for keeping your coporate records straight). They
make house calls!
www.methven.com: (berkeley) good website for getting basic legal
knowledge and links to help you do-it-yourself and to keep abrest of the
law. Also have corporate and litigation lawyers. Very reasonable rates
(roughly $240/hr) and nice people.
www.premiercounsel.com: (Lamorinda) Good resource for forming
large corporations or for securing funding/raising capital, and creating
private placements or angel funding documents.
www.athenalaw.com: (SF) good for start-up companies who plan to do
a great deal of high-tech work, including software and technology
licensing work. Ask for Hilary Luros; she will take the time to really talk
you through your issue and has excellent rates, including a 20% ( I
think) reduction if you go over a certain amount of money each month.
-- legal eagle
I work with several small business clients on issues relating
to formation, contracts, employment, etc. Happy to assist.
david at dlevinlaw.com
Kathleen Hunt is an attorney located in El Cerrito. She has
worked with quite a few business start-ups, so she might be
able to help you with whatever you need. Her office number is
I own a small business and need an attorney to deal with several
issues related to it. I'd prefer someone in the East Bay. Any
My husband is a partner with a firm located in Palo Alto. He'd
be available to speak with if you like. We live in Danville.
You can email us at jeffreyiiATsbcglobalDOTnet
My husband, Rick Randel, is an attorney in Oakland who does
corporate/real estate and general business transactions
representing small businesses in matters relating to new venture
formation, raising capital, real estate transactions, etc.
He can be reached at 510-336-9454 or randoloATsbcglobalDOTnet
I have used Peter Sproul (925-256-3900) for my small business
needs for years. He is a nice guy but also a very effective
attorney. He is not cheap, but he is worth it.
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