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As a proud supporter of the WIF Emerging Producers Program, EMINUTES is waiving its fees for participants in the program.

(Yes, and free means free.  We’re even covering the filing fees)

And for all other WIF members, we will substantially reduce our flat charge to $595.

For more than two decades, we have been forming corporations and LLCs for the world’s best known actors, producers, directors, writers, athletes, and musicians. The entertainment community has supported our firm, and now we are on a mission to amplify the voices of women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, seniors, underrepresented, disenfranchised, and emerging filmmakers.

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Legal Advice and Flat Charges

Our flat charge includes legal counsel regarding every aspect of the structure of your new company and the following:

  • Determine name availability
  • Reserve corporate name in states where appropriate
  • Prepare and file Certificate/Articles of Incorporation/Formation with Secretary of State
  • All Secretary of State filing fees
  • Prepare all Organizational Documents (Operating Agreement (for LLCs only); Bylaws and Organizational Minutes, authorizing election of officers and directors, establishment of bank account, issuance of stock, and other matters (for Corporations)
  • Prepare and file IRS form SS-4 and obtain Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Prepare and file IRS Form 2553 and State S-election (e.g., CT-6) to elect “S” status, if applicable
    For corporations, prepare and issue stock certificates
  • Organizational documents available online
  • Automatic enrollment in eMinutes Entity Management service
  • Agent for Service of process for six months (provided by eResidentAgent, Inc.)
  • Key ancillary documents (e.g., Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan, Employment Agreement, Promissory Notes/ Revolving Line of Credit)
  • Follow up to ensure all documents are properly signed, filed, fees are paid, and formation is properly completed.

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    Everything You Need To Know About New York’s LLC Publication Requirement

    New York is one of a very small handful of states that require a newly formed limited liability company to publish notice of its formation in local newspapers.

    How to Form a Corporation that will Act as a SAG Signatory

    When a production company wishes to employ Screen Actors Guild (SAG) performers, the company must agree to follow various SAG rules related to the employment to SAG performers.

    You don’t need to incorporate to start a business

    Starting a business is a fantastic New Year’s resolution, but first-time entrepreneurs should keep in mind that it is not necessary to incorporate to start a business.

    What It Means to Properly Form a Corporation

    Most people are not aware of just what it means to properly form a corporation, which consists of much more than just downloading a form and filing Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

    Most Entrepreneurs Should Not Incorporate

    Seems like a shocking thing for a lawyer who forms corporations to say – but after talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs, it is clear to me that too many entrepreneurs are wasting money when they incorporate.

    How to Choose Between an LLC and a Corporation in California

    Although virtually the same from a liability protection standpoint, LLCs and corporations are extremely different from a tax standpoint (INFOGRAPHIC).

    The Nevada Corporation is Officially Dead

    Effective July 1, 2015, Nevada’s business license fee for corporations increased 150%, effectively putting the nail in the coffin for Nevada as a jurisdiction to consider when forming a business.

    Why Mule Racers and 93 other types of California Businesses Cannot Form LLCs

    Did you know that there are dozens of activities that cannot be provided as a LLC in California?

    When Do I Need To Qualify My Company To Do Business In California?

    A foreign corporation—that is, a corporation not formed under California law — may not transact intrastate business in California without first obtaining from the California Secretary of State a certificate of qualification.

    When Do I Need To Qualify To Do Business In New York?

    A foreign corporation, that is, a corporation not formed under New York law, may not do business in New York until it has been authorized to do so under New York law.

    Qualifying To Do Business In A State As Required To Receive A Film Tax Credit Or Rebate

    Many states offer significant financial incentives for companies to film movies, television shows, and other productions such as music videos or commercials in their states.

    Why Delaware Is The Best Jurisdiction for Actors and Creatives

    Census figures indicate that between 2010 and 2015, about five million people moved to a different state every year. With that much interstate migration going on, it makes sense to consider carefully what state a corporation should be formed in, especially if the owner knows that a move may be likely in the near future.

    What Is a Loan-out Company?

    Simply put, a loan-out company is a business entity “through which an individual offers his [or her] services or rights to others.”

    How does a Loan-out Company Work?

    Loan-out companies may be used primarily in the entertainment industry, but there is nothing exotic about the companies themselves.

    The Importance of the Inducement Agreement in Dealing with a Loan-out Company

    Actors and other creatives often use loan-out companies to offer their services or rights to others. The artist’s wholly-owned company enters into an “employment agreement” with the artist and then “loans out” the artist’s services to a third-party production company or other employer pursuant to what we have referred to as a “lending agreement.”

    The Benefits of a Loan-out Company: Is Limited Personal Liability Really a Major Benefit?

    When courts and commentators discuss loan-out companies, they invariably mention at least two benefits for actors and other creatives who choose to offer their services through such companies: (1) limited personal liability, and (2) financial benefits such as advantageous tax treatment for the company’s artist-owner.

    The Tax Benefits of a Loanout Corporation

    The two most commonly cited benefits for actors and other creatives to do business through a loan-out company are (1) limited personal liability, and (2) advantageous tax treatment.

    Delaware LLC Remains Best Way for Celebrities to Preserve Anonymity Even After the Corporate Transparency Act

    There are legitimate reasons for an individual to protect anonymity by engaging in a particular transaction through a Delaware LLC without divulging the identity of the individual who ultimately is the beneficial owner of the company.