My answer to What is the best state to form an LLC for a one-person design consultantcy?
Answer by Raad Ahmed:
The first thing you should consider is where your company is located and where its principal place of business will be. From a practical standpoint, it’s likely easier to set up shop in your own state. However, there are tactical considerations for filing in other states as well. The most popular state is typically Delaware because of the structure of their corporate regulations. Most companies that choose a different state from where they are located do so for particular reasons that benefit their company.
Your best bet to figure this out is to consult a lawyer. Finding a lawyer that is business savvy and has experience in these types of legal matters can make your decision much easier. Despite this being somewhat inconvenient, your company could avoid unnecessary expenses and litigation, and limit overhead simply by just speaking with a knowledge lawyer.
Remember that you will need to foreign quality your company in order to transact business in every other state other than your state of incorporation. So it’s advisable to speak with a lawyer about your foreign qualification costs and any other ongoing fees with the state where you are transacting business.
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