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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e318570) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e33251c) out of 5 stars excellent guidebook to corporation issues and how-to 9 Aug. 2006
By David Martens - Published on
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as a research tool before incorporating my business as a California C corp without any outside assistance last year. This was all I needed and used.

I read the book cover-to-cover, which did not take more than about 6 hours, and I felt very comfortable with the entire process. Like most Nolo books, this has a very readable style, with plenty of important information organized in a sensible manner. Even though the topic may not be entertainment reading, Mancuso makes the process very reasonable and I can't imagine another book doing it meaningfully better than this.

This book hits its target audience very well - someone who wants to know about the practical and procedural issues related to incorporation. As part of the responsibility of operating a business, any incorporator needs to know most of what is covered in this book. Even if you get someone to do the filing, any incorporator needs to know this stuff. Don't worry - it's not rocket science.

For a broader understanding of business issues, I found Nolo's other titles to be similarly excellent (their guide to california business and their guide to business deductions). Both cover related but different and important areas for new business owners. Read all 3 and you'll be set for general business issues.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e76e0cc) out of 5 stars How to Form Your Own California Corporation (9th Ed) 28 Mar. 2000
By Thom Tu-Duc - Published on
Format: Paperback
Good examples. Fairly comprehensive. Good discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of forming a California corporation. The Corporate Tax section has some good pointers. Good writing style! It flows. But the diskette has only a fraction of the business and corporation related forms compared to "Small Busines Kit for Dummies". Overall, I recommend this book for a new commer. Well worth the money.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e60e030) out of 5 stars Excellent resource, easy to understand 5 Oct. 2007
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I bought this book because I wanted to incorporate my single-person consulting company. It took me a few hours to read this book (some sections didn't apply, but I still wanted to review them), and I felt very confident I could incorporate without a lawyer. I followed the instructions for forming a C Corp in California and used the forms provided in the CD-Rom. I delivered my forms in person to the LA regional office. Within 2 weeks, I received confirmation that my articles had been filed with the SoS of CA -- all for under $250 including the cost of the book. This compares to almost $1500 that most lawyers quoted me. I recommend this book highly but recognize that the process may be more challenging if you have many shareholders.
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HASH(0x9e33290c) out of 5 stars Extremely Valuable Resource for Starting a California Corporation 18 May 2011
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on
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While a sole proprietorship or general partnership is quick and easy to establish for the anxious entrepreneur, they also leave the personal assets of the business owner(s) vulnerable to debts and lawsuits stemming from the business. Anthony Mancuso, an attorney, offers valuable information for entrepreneurs considering the corporate entity for their business. Pages 23-27 offer a very thorough summary of business entity-type comparisons (sole proprietorship vs. general partnership vs. limited partnership vs. C Corporation vs. S Corporation vs. Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)) which I found very helpful in my own research on this subject. If the corporation still sounds like the preferred option, the remainder of the book coaches the reader through the necessary paperwork and considerations for starting one in the state of California.

Like most of the NOLO Press business startup books, it includes a CD-ROM with electronic copies of the important forms described in the book. For government-issued forms, it always makes sense to check the website of that government entity to verify that you have the latest version of the form since they can change at any point in time. Mancuso offers many example scenarios to help the reader understand the elements of forming a corporation in California that he describes. Rule of thumb advice also helps the reader to make decisions. While it is not a replacement for the advice of an attorney who specializes in corporate law, the book provides a roadmap for establishing a corporation in California for families or small operations.
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HASH(0x9e3370f0) out of 5 stars Good reference for forming your own company 4 Oct. 2011
By Amy Ong - Published on
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This book starts by comparing the features of sole proprietor, general partnership, limited partnership, C corporation, S corporation and limited liability corporation (LLC). The comparison comes in a tabulated form, which makes it quick to comprehend and compare. It dwells on a wide range of features, starting from ownership, personal liability for business debts, limits on transfer of ownership interest, right up to taxation of business profits.

This book does not elaborate in detail on LLC, but it does state the main differences of LLC and the conditions in which owners may want to consider starting a company first by forming a LLC.

It lists step-by-step the necessary process to form your own California corporation. Most topics are covered such as capitalization, stock issuance, handling and selling, dividends handling and selling, dissolving a corporation, up to, employment of workers (salary, insurances, etc). It highlights a main feature of the S corporation, the pass through tax status, as opposed to C corporation double taxation, where taxes are paid at the corporate level and then again at the personal level. In addition, it describes the possibility of converting a C corporation to a S corporation.

This book does show the legal expertise of the author and is written in a easy to read form.
Overall I highly recommend this book to get familiar with your options before forming your corporation, as this will help you make an informed decision.
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