• Capital Structure For Start-Ups: Part 2

    By: Robert Hawn As a business lawyer in the Silicon Valley area of California, I find that one of the most important issues founders of a high tech start-up company have to consider is its ownership, or capital structure. As you grow your company, it is important to understand your percentage ownership of the company. […]

  • General Partnership – What Is it And Am I In One?

    By: Serge Filatov Working as a business attorney in Silicon Valley, which some consider the start-up capital of the world, I have seen my fair share of different business structures . One structure that people form (most without even realizing it) is a general partnership. A general partnership is formed when two or more people […]

  • New Partnership Tax Return Filing Deadlines

    By: Tamara Pow Since I started my career as a tax attorney at Price Waterhouse, and have been managing partner at two San Jose law firm limited liability partnerships (LLPs) since then, I am used to being in control of the tax reporting for my business. This is also one of the tasks that falls […]

  • Partnership Alert!

    By: Tamara Pow On November 2, 2015 the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”) was enacted, completely transforming partnership audit procedures going forward. The intent was to streamline audit procedures and increase partnership tax compliance. The effect is going to be a lot more scrutiny related to tax terms in partnership agreements , tax […]

  • Sole Proprietorship – Is it right for me?

    By: Serge Filatov Many people here in San Jose and Silicon Valley have a dream of starting their own small business. Small business owners that are just starting out often come to me and ask if they can simply run their business as a sole proprietor to save on the cost of forming and maintaining […]

  • New California Law Allows Finders To Help With Start-up Financing

    By: Robert Hawn In representing start-up companies in Silicon Valley I have found that one of the biggest challenges facing founders is raising early stage capital. Emerging growth companies often do not have the necessary relationships that can lead to investment funding. To find these relationships, the company may retain a finder. A finder is […]

  • We Are Not Going There! The Limits of Waivers in Loan Guaranties

    By: Jack Easterbrook Question: if a person signs a loan guaranty and it contains a long waiver section in which the signer gives up defenses (and the guaranties all have these sections, right?), is the guaranty still enforceable if the lender breaches the loan agreement? That is, can the lender claim that the guarantor is […]

  • Loans With High Rates of Interest – Be Careful About Usury

    By: Serge Filatov As a corporate attorney here in Silicon Vall ey and San Jose, I have numerous clients who need help documenting loan transactions and promissory notes . These clients may be taking on debt or providing a loan to a third party. One area of law that clients are not always familiar with […]

  • Be Careful When Leasing A Home To Relatives

    By: Tamara Pow Many people are very fortunate here in the San Francisco Bay Area to have acquired so much wealth in their real estate, both their homes and their vacation homes, as well as homes held for investment. As a result, I am often asked to assist my business and real estate clients with […]

  • Capital Structure For Start-Ups: Part I

    By: Robert V. Hawn As a corporate attorney in San Jose, California, I help a lot of high tech start-up companies get up and running. One of the major decisions that requires a lot of time and discussion is how the new corporation should set up its capital structure. In this series of blogs, I […]