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Working with an experienced small business attorney to make sure your legal entity is set up correctly can help expedite the paperwork process so you can get on to making customers smile.

$145 + State Filing Fees

The Benefits of Working with an Attorney to Start Your Business

Working with a provider attorney well versed in the process of entity formation provides significant advantages over trying to figure everything out on your own.


If you’ve never formed a business entity before, you may have to spend hours researching how to do it correctly.

Business attorneys know exactly what to do and can often have your entity formed legally in a few days.


Some legal business entities limit your personal liability, but only if you’ve prepared and filed all the paperwork and maintained your business entity correctly. 

Rather than stress and guess, have an experienced attorney handle the filing for you and rest easy knowing it was done right.


Which entity is best for your situation? Do you know how to obtain your tax Id number and set up your bank accounts properly? 

An attorney can help make sure you maximize your legal protection and set your business up for success.

LegalShield has developed a network of law firms across the United States with extensive experience in the business entity formation process. Skip the stress of trying to find the right attorney and let your provider law firm handle the heavy lifting while you enjoy the other aspects of starting your business.

What Our Members Are Saying

  • My experience with LegalShield has been awesome and I could not be happier about my decision years ago to become a member. The process to get my LLC launched was seamless and extremely easy. Amy treated me with utmost respect and dignity throughout the process as well as keeping me informed of the status of my launch process. A heartfelt thank you for helping me make a lifelong dream of becoming a business owner come true.
    Dimitri V.
    Arizona Member
    My experience with LegalShield has been awesome and I could not be happier..
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    [My provider lawyer] was very professional and he demonstrated diligence in supporting me through the LLC process. I am confident that I am in good hands.
    Hop Pham Thi C.
    Maryland Member
    [My provider lawyer] was very professional and he demonstrated diligence in..
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    Attorney was very engaging and asked multiple times if I had additional questions and explained the Launch by LegalShield team would complete the process.
    Richard E.
    Illinois Member & Independent Sales Associate
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Why Use Launch by LegalShield?

When you purchase Launch by LegalShield, you’ll work directly with an attorney who can help you select the right business entity type and handle the formation process for you. It’s the stress-free way to set your business up for success.

Based on your business needs, you will receive three months of a either Personal + Home Business Supplement legal plan or a Small Business Essentials legal plan (up to a $147 value), which provides you access to an attorney who can help you tackle common legal tasks like securing business licenses, negotiating contracts, hiring employees, and more.

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How Launch by LegalShield Works

Business Questionnaire

Before you speak to an attorney, we’ll ask you to tell us a little about yourself and your business during the checkout process so that your attorney can be prepared for your consultation.

Consultation with Your Attorney

A business attorney can help you make key decisions that will affect your business for years to come, such as which type of business entity you should form.

Business Name Check

Your attorney will help ensure that your planned business name does not infringe on another's name rights. 

Articles of Organization or Incorporation

Your attorney will prepare the documents needed to form an LLC or corporation for your business. 

Filing Business Formation Paperwork

With your approval, your attorney will file all necessary paperwork to form your new business with your state and facilitate the payment of state filing fees.  

Federal Tax ID (EIN)

Your attorney will apply for a Federal Tax ID for your business, which you’ll need to open a bank account, apply for permits or hire employees.     

Having quick, affordable access to an entire team of attorneys helps you sail through legal issues and get back to growing your business.

What’s Included in the Small Business Legal Essentials Plan?

Launch by LegalShield includes three months of essential legal services (a $147 value) in this low price. Core plan benefits include the following:

  • Legal consultation from a provider attorney on business legal matters, with legal research for each issue, if needed.
  • A provider attorney can write letters or make phone calls on behalf of your business.
  • Your provider lawyer can review business-related legal documents.
  • Your provider attorney can write debt collection letters each month.
  • Your provider attorney can help if you’re notified of an IRS audit on your federal tax return.

Visit our plan overview page to learn more about the three different small business legal plans we offer or, get started with Launch today.

Small Business Legal Plan
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State Filing Fee Calculator

Whether you file yourself or through LegalShield, every new business is required to pay a one-time state filing fee.

Select the state in which you plan to form your business entity to see the filing fees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the attorneys I’ll work with?

While LegalShield does not employ the attorneys that provide the services to members, LegalShield has a network of dedicated independent law firms across the United States and Canada  made up of seasoned lawyers with an average of 22 years experience. The law firms in our network provide legal protection to over 4.1 million LegalShield members any time they need it, even in covered emergency situations, 24/7, 365 days a year. You can view the names and background information about the provider law firms and many attorney profiles in our Law Firm Finder.

Who is covered under the Business Plans?

It’s important to note that all of our business plans cover your business, not you personally. Each business plan allows you to designate a certain number of authorized spokespeople to work with our attorneys on behalf of your organization. Designated spokespeople must be employees, owners, partners or officers of your company. If you need personal legal help, check out out our personal plan

There is more information about this specific question near the top of the Coverage & Pricing Page.

Do you have attorneys in my area?

The dedicated independent law firms in our provider network cover the United States and Canada 24/7, 365. There are 900+ attorneys in the network.