Experienced
43+ years of combined in-house and law firm experience.
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Represent individuals and businesses in 30+ industries.
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One team, one goal; your business's success.

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Why Choose Our Business Lawyers?

With over 45 years of combined in-house and law firm experience, the business lawyers at the Law Office of Elliott J. Brown provide dependable legal solutions for problems that businesses of all sizes often encounter. Our mix of in-house and law firm experience has provided us a unique ability to balance the needs of a business with the law.

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Law Office of Elliott J. Brown | 33 N. Main Street | Marlboro | NJ 07746

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Should Your Startup Be an LLC or Corporation?

Search Google for the best legal entity for your new startup, and you will get different opinions. Startup advisors and CPAs will probably recommend a limited liability company (LLC). That’s because an LLC isn’t subject to double taxation and is easier to set up.

On the other hand, many startup lawyers will recommend the C-Corporation structure (typically a Delaware C-Corp) because corporate law is typically more “stable,” equity (stock) ownership is passive, and the entity is more structured.

How you choose to incorporate your startup business will have massive implications down the road. This blog explores the basic advantages and disadvantages of each option.

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The Benefits of S-Corps

Anyone starting a new business is faced with a lot of decisions. Arguably the most important is choosing the business entity type and tax status. Business lawyers and CPAs will present entrepreneurs with several options to choose from depending on the legal entity, including “S” election. 

Each type of legal entity has its benefits and limitations. Technically, there’s no legal entity called an “S-Corp.” A company that makes an “S” election for tax purposes is typically referred to as an S-Corp. However, various types of legal entities including LLCs and Corporations can elect S-Corp status. This blog will discuss the benefits of “S” election.

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What is a SAFE?

Raising capital is among the top priorities of startup companies. As a result, startups receive money from investors in various ways. One of those ways is through a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE). A Silicon Valley accelerator, Y combinator, created this document in 2013 to allow startups to structure seed capital without interest or maturity dates. Specifically, a SAFE is a legally binding contract that permits an investor to buy shares in a company for an agreed-upon price at some time in the future.

As you consider your options to seed your startup, you should understand the benefits and disadvantages of SAFEs and how they differ from convertible notes.

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Do I Have a Trade Secret?

If you are a start-up founder or business owner, you may wonder whether the special practices or proprietary information that make your business unique qualify as trade secrets under state or federal law. In this blog, we’ll provide five questions to ask, to determine if you have a protectable trade secret.

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