Entity Formation and Selection


Whether you are an independent contractor who’s been told to incorporate, an entrepreneur who sees a niche that isn’t being filled, or you want to own your own business so you can be your own boss, you may be looking at starting a business. The process of starting a business involves lots of decisions, and lots of paperwork, and you may not know where to start. Reeder Murphy can help.

Our business law attorneys know all the ins and outs of the decisions you need to make, not to mention the documents you need to file. We have the experience and understanding to guide you through the process of starting your own business and beyond – helping you to stay current, to set up good employee procedures, and to protect your assets.

Choosing and Forming a Business Entity in Michigan

There are many business forms, and which one you choose will depend on your circumstances and needs. Our business law attorneys know the questions to ask to help you determine whether you need a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corporation, or C Corporation.

We will explore with you your needs for ownership structure, personal liability protection, liability insurance for your vehicles or premises, and more. We’ll help you evaluate and resolve issues you may not have considered, such as taxation, zoning, and whether your chosen business name is available for use.

Once we’ve helped you select the business entity that will best serve your purposes, we’ll assist you with the formation of that entity, preparing and, when necessary, filing such documents as:

  • Operating Agreements
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Pre-Incorporation Agreements
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Registration of your Business Name
  • IRS paperwork, including Form 2553 (Election by a Small Business Corporation) and Form SS-4 (Application for Federal Employer Identification Number)
  • Licenses and Permits, including Sellers’ Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Liquor Licenses, and City and County Business Licenses
  • DBA (“Doing Business As”) Registrations

We know that you want to focus on the work of your business. When we’re on your side making sure the legal and procedural requirements are taken care of, you’re able to do just that.

In order to help us best evaluate your needs, we invite you to complete our Limited Liability Company Formation Checklist, our Corporation Formation Checklist, or our Non-Profit Corporation Formation Checklist. This information will allow us to more efficiently form the entity that is right for the goals of your business.

Comprehensive Support at the Start of Your Business and Beyond

Reeder Murphy P.C. has been a fixture in the Grand Rapids, Michigan community for over 20 years. From the beginning, we’ve helped other businesses get off the ground and thrive in the West Michigan communities we love and grew up in. We look forward to partnering with you to offer the guidance your company needs to launch, grow, and succeed.

Business & Corporate Law Team: Bryan D. Reeder, Jeffrey M. Black, Richard A. Conklin