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The Advantages of Forming a Missouri LLC

Posted by Sivia Law on Mar 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Forming a limited liability company in Missouri is relatively new but increasingly popular.

The Secretary of State’s office says that, despite being first recognized in 1993, Missouri now boasts more than 127,000 active LLCs, with nearly 25,000 of these being formed in 2004 alone.

Here are the advantages of forming a Missouri LLC:

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8 Things You Need to Know About Forming an LLC in Illinois

Posted by Sivia Law on Mar 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve decided that the business structure you want to start in Illinois limited liability company, you have some decisions to consider.

Limited liability companies are suitable for nearly any type of business besides those in the banking or insurance industries.

An Illinois LLC requires at least eight things you need to know. Here's what you'll need to know about forming an LLC in Illinois:

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Why You Need an LLC Operating Agreement

Posted by Sivia Law on Mar 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Choosing to form an limited liability company among the many types of business structures can be a great decision.

In your research, you may have seen conflicting reports about whether you should file an operating agreement for your LLC. Yes, it’s true that not all states require this document—Missouri requires one while Illinois does not. Regardless of which state you operate in, we recommend that you need an LLC operating agreement.

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The Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Business in Illinois

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Starting a business seems easy, but sometimes, the amount of information online can be overwhelming.

To help ease your mind, here are the things you need to know before starting a business in Illinois.

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The 10 Steps to Starting a Business in Missouri

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve wanted to start a business in Missouri, this post contains 10 things you need to look at in order to do it successfully. Take a look through to see how simple it is to start a business. Here are 10 steps to starting a business in Missouri:

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Resources for Writing a Business Operating Agreement

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Congratulations! You’ve decided to structure your business as a limited liability corporation.

As an LLC owner, you are not personally liable for the debts of your business, and your financial risk is limited to the amount of your investment. Your taxes flow through to you instead of your organization, and you can participate in the management of your business. LLCs are suited toward many types of business ventures, except those of which prohibited by state statute.

Now that you’ve decided to organize as an LLC, you should consider drafting a business operating agreement.

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Business Legal Structure: A Quick Rundown

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you’re starting a business, it’s important to know what type of entity you want your business to be. That’s because the structure of your new business has ramifications on your taxes, legal protections, and benefits. 

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10 Down … Many, Many More to Go!

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on Jun 27, 2016 3:57:47 PM
 Todd Sivia Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services


It’s official. This month marks the 10th anniversary of Sivia Business & Legal Services! It’s hard to wrap my head around, honestly. We’ve come a long way--from a lone lawyer space to a four-attorney firm. I was once an army of one, but now we have our own office building(s) and a full time support staff. I am beyond grateful to all the wonderful clients.

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A “Trust”ed Twist on Buy/Sell Agreements

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on Apr 21, 2016 9:08:03 AM
 Todd Sivia Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services


A Cross Purchase buy/sell agreement is a popular strategy used in succession planning. In a typical cross purchase agreement, each owner purchases a life insurance policy for each of the other owners. So, for example, in a business with three partners, six life insurance policies are purchased. Naturally, the more owners involved, the more complicated and expensive this type of agreement can be.

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New Year + New Laws = Outdated Estate Plan

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on Jan 5, 2016 10:39:53 AM

Todd Sivia, Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services


As 2016 begins, we reflect upon the joys and challenges we faced throughout the past year. Unfortunately, many people overlook how these joys and challenges affect estate planning. Often, the events that shape our lives the most also influence how we would want to take care of our loved ones. For example, have you experienced changes such as these in 2015:

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