• Location:
  • 3058 Leechburg Rd.
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  • Monday- Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Small Business Attorney
in New Kensington, PA

Business Formation Assistance From the Philip V. McCalister Law Office

Business formation is a necessary early step when starting a business, and you need a trusted small business attorney in New Kensington, PA. This is when you should call the Philip V. McCalister Law Office. The most common forms of business formation are sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and Limited Liability Company, or LLC. The way that your business forms determines how you are taxed, legal liability, cost of formation, operational costs, and other details. Having an experienced retainer attorney protects you and your business as issues are likely to arise. Call the Philip V. McCalister Law Office at (724) 339-8318 to schedule a meeting to discuss what business formation works best for you.

What Difference Does the Business Formation Make?

Sole Proprietorship

The simplest and most common form of business. A sole proprietorship is a person who may receive significant benefits by operating as a sole proprietor.
  • Benefits:
  • All assets and profits belong to the owner personally
  • Owners create their own operating procedures
  • Very few requirements for starting
Let Attorney McCalister consult with you regarding the creation of your sole proprietorship business enterprise to best suit your needs.


There are two types of partnerships: general and limited. In general partnerships, both owners invest their money, property, and labor, but a written agreement is not always required. Each person is then 100 percent liable for business debts. Limited partnerships require a formal agreement between the partners to protect their portion of the business profits and debts. They must also file a certificate of partnership with the state.
  • Benefits:
  • More capital for the business
  • Each partner shares profits
  • Inexpensive to establish a business partnership, formal or informal


Corporations are, for tax purposes, separate entities and considered a legal entity. This means profits generated are taxed as the “personal income” of the company. Then, any income distributed to the shareholders as dividends or profits are taxed again as the personal income of the owners. Attorney McCalister serves as corporate counselor for numerous small corporations and LLC’s from formation through operations. He provides trusted counsel on business practices and avoids common business pitfalls. He has extensive experience with the small business administration, department of state, department of revenue, as well as the department of health in navigating the bureaucratic road map.
  • Benefits:
  • Limits liability of the owner to debts or losses
  • Profits and losses belong to the corporation
  • Transfer to new owners fairly easily
  • Personal assets cannot be seized to pay for business debts

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) limits the liability of owners, while providing some of the income advantages of a sole-proprietorship or partnership. An LLC allows the operator to conduct business without invasive third-party oversights. The LLC can develop a legal entity that can establish credit, own assets, and establish the enterprise purpose. Mr. McCalister provides ongoing legal advice to assist with LLC growth, employment matters, and long-range planning. An LLC may also be sold and transferred with minimal governmental oversight.
  • Benefits:
  • May protect owners from liability for debts or claims against the LLC
  • Provides many tax advantages to the owners

Let Our Attorney Read Through Your Business Contracts

Every day in business, there are forms, documents, and other legal documents that need an expert’s eyes. At the Philip V. McCalister Law Office, the business contract attorney negotiates, examines, and drafts legal contractor agreements. Trust us for the following business contracts, including:
  • Advertising and Marketing Agreements
  • Assignment or Assumption Agreements
  • Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure (NDA) Agreements
  • Escrow Agreements
  • Indemnification Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • License Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • And more

For business formation assistance, trust the Philip V. McCalister Law Office, the small business attorney in New Kensington, PA.