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Flathead Valley, Montana Business Law

Providing high quality legal services at a reasonable price.

Thomas T. Tornow has owned successful businesses for 40 years. As an experienced Whitefish business lawyer, he can help make your Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County business a success.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a business lawyer?

Doing business in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Flathead County has risks. Protecting your family's personal assets from your business debts and avoiding unnecessary taxes are too important to leave to forms from the Internet. Tom is an experienced Whitefish business attorney who can provide you with an assumed business name, Montana S-corporation, statutory close corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, professional corporation, mutual benefit non-profit corporation, public benefit non-profit corporation or religious non-profit corporation so your family and your business have the protection they need. Selling or buying a business in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Flathead County is too important not to have an experienced business lawyer. If you are doing business, Tom is an experienced Whitefish business attorney who can prepare an understandable contract binding in Montana to help avoid expensive lawsuits and make it easier for you to get paid.

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What if I am a Canadian?

Tom is an experienced business attorney who has assisted numerous Canadian citizens with their business ventures. He appreciates the substantial contribution Canadians make to the Flathead Valley economy and can help you do business in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or the Flathead County.

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Should I have a business corporation?

A Montana S-corporation, statutory close corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, professional corporation, mutual benefit non-profit corporation, public benefit non-profit corporation or religious non-profit corporation are different ways to protect your family's personal assets from your business creditors. Each has different options for ownership, control and allocation of profits and losses and tax benefits to prevent you from being taxed twice on profits or when you sell the business. The correct structure can also help limit self-employment taxes. Tom is an experienced Whitefish business lawyer who can help you determine which business structure works best for you.

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How long does it take to get a business corporation?

The Whitefish business law firm of Thomas T. Tornow, P. C. has an account with the Montana Secretary of State so your S-corporation, statutory close corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, professional corporation, mutual benefit non-profit corporation, public benefit non-profit corporation or religious non-profit corporation can be formed in as little as one business day.

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How much does a business corporation cost?

The Whitefish business law firm of Thomas T. Tornow, P. C. forms most S-corporations, statutory close corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, professional corporations, mutual benefit non-profit corporations, public benefit non-profit corporations or religious non-profit corporations for a flat fee.

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What about forming a non-profit corporation?

Tom is a Whitefish business attorney who has extensive experience in forming and representing non-profit corporations, including mutual benefit, public benefit and religious non-profit corporations. As the Whitefish business lawyer for numerous award winning non-profit corporations across Montana, he has successfully obtained property tax exemptions from the State of Montana and 501c3 income tax exemptions from the IRS. His current emphasis is forming partnerships between for-profit and non-profit corporations to build and acquire housing for low-income families and seniors.

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Do I need a business contract?

Whether your business is an assumed business name, S-corporation, statutory close corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, professional corporation, mutual benefit non-profit corporation, public benefit non-profit corporation or religious non-profit corporation, every business benefits from a binding Montana contract. If you are doing business or selling a business, a written contract can help your business recover its attorney's fees and costs if there is a lawsuit. Tom is an experienced Whitefish business lawyer who can give your business an understandable and binding contract to "give your business an edge" in the competitive business environment of Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or the Flathead Valley.

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Does my business need an EIN or TIN?

S-corporations, statutory close corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, professional corporations, mutual benefit non-profit corporations, public benefit non-profit corporations, religious non-profit corporations and most limited liability companies need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Tax Identification Number (TIN). This is your business' Social Security Number. The Whitefish business law firm of Thomas T. Tornow, P.C. can obtain that number for your business.

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What can I do if my business has not been paid for its work?

A demand letter from an experienced business attorney like Tom Tornow often results in payment. Also, you or your assumed business name, S-corporation, statutory close corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, professional corporation, mutual benefit non-profit corporation, public benefit non-profit corporation or religious non-profit corporation may be able to file a construction lien or mechanic's lien. Tom is a Whitefish business lawyer who is familiar with the City Courts in Whitefish, Kalispell and Columbia Falls and Small Claims, Justice and District Courts in Flathead County. If you have a well written contract or a construction lien or mechanic's lien you may be able to recover your costs of collection, including your attorney's fees. Tom is an experienced Whitefish business lawyer who can help you decide which avenue works best for your business.

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How do I sell or buy a business?

Buying or selling a business may be the largest business decision you ever make and is too important to leave to a handshake or to do yourself. Whether you want to sell or buy a business, Tom is an experienced Whitefish business attorney who can help you. He is well versed in bank loans and seller financing and the various ways to sell or buy a business. If the business is in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County and is an assumed business name, S-corporation, statutory close corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership or professional corporation, Tom is an experienced Whitefish business lawyer who will work for you to make your deal a success.

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