Archive for ‘Business Law’

October 30, 2013

Why Pay a Lawyer?

Often people ask, “Why pay a lawyer?” when legal document prepares in Arizona can often prepare documents that people would normally go to a lawyer to prepare instead. Arizona  is  rather lax in allowing non-lawyers prepare what are essentially “legal documents.” These individuals typically prepare wills, trusts, powers of attorney, divorce and bankruptcy petitions, Limited Liability Company filings and other such documents. In addition to these “document preparers”, there are several online websites that essentially offer the same services.

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August 7, 2013

Starting a New Business? Now’s the Time!

During the summer, many Anthem residents travel in order to beat the heat and enjoy time off while their children are home from school. This coming week marks the end of summer vacation for many Anthem families. The first day of school for Deer Valley Unified School District’s 2013-2014 school year officially begins on August 12, 2013. With the new school year beginning and summer vacation coming to an end, families are returning to town, and Anthem is bustling.

Now that families are back in town, and snow birds are soon to follow with the summer heat calming down, it may be the perfect time to start a new business. If you have been considering setting up a new business, the attorneys at The Carroll Law Firm can help.

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May 28, 2013

Why an Attorney Should Set Up Your Non-Profit Organization

Arizona is a progressive state when it comes to self-service forms for different types of legal matters. The Arizona Corporation Commission has forms to help you set up your own non-profit.  Unfortunately, the forms provided do not contain every provision necessary to reach tax exempt status. You can save yourself time, money and frustration by having an attorney set up your non-profit from inception.

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June 15, 2011

Not all Non-Profits are Charities

In Arizona, a non-profit is not necessarily a charity. Often people make the mistake of assuming a non-profit is automatically a charity, which can leave the non-profit organization open to tax liability down the road. A non-profit is an organization is created for some purpose other than making a profit for owners or investors, but not necessarily for a purpose that would qualify it for exemption from taxes. To become a public charity, you must first file as a non-profit organization, but also take the extra step to file for tax exempt status.  In order to form a tax-exempt charity, you must file a separate application with the IRS.

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May 18, 2011

Steps to Forming a Business

Before starting a business, there are several necessary steps to take in order to make sure the business is legal and complies with local, state, and federal statutes, regulations, and taxes. The attorneys at The Carroll Law Firm PLC have put together the following checklist to assist clients in starting their business.


  • Create a Business Plan
    A business plan should include business goals, an executive summary, business description, projected costs, profits, and losses, business environment analysis, industry background, competitor analysis, market analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management summary, and financial plan. Be realistic with your plan, most businesses don’t turn a profit until the end of the first year due to start-up costs and the fact that a clientele list takes a while to build.

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