Incorporation in Florida

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Florida law allows a business to incorporate and be recognized as its own legal entity. When an incorporated business acts, whether it is to buy and sell property, assent to contracts or exercise legal rights, the process is then attributable to the business itself and not its owners. In Florida, the process of incorporation is begun by filing with the Secretary of State in accordance with particular guidelines.

Benefits of Incorporation in Florida

A corporation enjoys benefits that unincorporated companies do not. Primarily, it cannot be held accountable for an amount of debt greater than the value of the assets that the owners have invested in it. Without incorporation, the personal property of business owners is at stake should the company become unable to satisfy its debts. A corporation also allows creditors in the Clearwater area to assess the credit worthiness of the business as a whole rather than that of its owners, allowing the business to obtain loans more easily. Lastly, the ownership stake in a corporation can be apportioned into uniform slices, known as "shares" of stock. This makes it possible to sell ownership investments in more manageable slices.

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Life in Clearwater

Clearwater, Florida is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, of which it is the county seat. It is west of Tampa and north of St. Petersburg. It has a population of about 108,000 people.

Clearwater can trace its modern history back to 1835, when the Army established a military outpost there to fight the Seminole Wars.

Presently, Clearwater, Florida is a largely residential community. It is also known for being home to the spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology. While the group is controversial, its presence in Clearwater, Florida injects about 150 million dollars into the local economy each year. Because of the many legal disputes they get into, they also probably contribute to the business of several Clearwater, Florida attorneys.

If you live in Clearwater, Florida, and need an attorney, chances are good that a Clearwater, Florida lawyer can help you with whatever your legal issue might be.

Costs of Incorporation

Incorporation can be costly. First, a modest filing fee may be charged in Florida for any business that wants to incorporate. Also, a corporation is taxed as its own entity. The individual incomes of the owners are still taxed also, and this can mean the same income is taxed twice, known as double taxation. With proper planning and assistance from a local Clearwater lawyer, you can avoid this disadvantage.

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