From three offices located in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Fremont, the business dissolution lawyers at The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer aid existing businesses, corporations, partnerships and other companies with dissolving their entities, from the initial windup of business to final termination. Dissolution can be voluntary — meaning that the owners make the decision to end the company — or involuntary, such as by bankruptcy or court order. Following dissolution procedures properly is extremely important, as failure to do so may subject the owners or members to personal liability for business debts or judgments against the company.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN DISSOLUTION?
If you decide to end the life of your business, typically the first item to address will be to ensure that any existing obligations are completed, while not taking on any new obligations. The business should then pay off any existing debt and/or tax liabilities and create a reserve for future known liabilities (such as an existing lawsuit against the company) when possible. It is very important that debts and taxes be paid and that a reserve be created before paying money to members, partners or shareholders, as they will become personally liable for the debts and taxes otherwise, whether to the state of California or to private debt holders. Once the taxes are paid, the debts cleared and any reserve created, the owners then receive payment, first to their respective capital accounts and then the remainder of any profits.
DISSOLUTION-RELATED TAX ISSUES
The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer can also assist with the filing of dissolution paperwork and any taxes due if your entity is one of the following:
A limited liability company (LLC)
A limited partnership (LP)
A limited liability partnership (LLP)
California requires that these types of companies have the state’s consent to terminate — in fact, the state considers companies to remain in existence until they have been wound up, paid all creditors and distributed the remaining money to the owners. If the company is not properly terminated, you must still submit tax returns, pay annual taxes and fees and complete any reports required by the California secretary of state. The key item in considering a dissolution request is a clearance certificate from the California Franchise Tax Board confirming that all taxes and required fees have been paid. The firm’s accomplished legal team can also advise on Mediation or business litigation throughout the process.
BUSINESS DISSOLUTION ATTORNEYS IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA
With offices conveniently located in the downtown areas of Morgan Hill, San Jose and Fremont, The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer offers a broad range of in-depth experience in a wide scope of business legal needs to businesses in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas, including Monterey, San Mateo, San Benito, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. Whether you are an individual entrepreneur, an out-of-state entity seeking to operate in California, a startup venture or a well-established corporation, the firm and its business attorneys are at your service.