Business Attorney in Texas


Embarking on your startup journey is exhilarating, but navigating the complexities is the real challenge. Especially in the healthcare sector, whether dentistry, medicine, medical clinics, or hospitals, understanding and adhering to Texas-specific regulations is paramount. Whether you're envisioning the next breakthrough dental practice or pioneering healthcare facility, laying the groundwork correctly is key to protect your assets and avoid potential setbacks.

Explore the vast landscape of possibilities in Texas, where startups are thriving across sectors. However, success hinges on more than just a great idea - it requires meticulous adherence to laws and regulations. Navigate the regulatory landscape wisely, ensuring your business establishes a sturdy foundation for growth. Partner with our expert attorneys who understand the unique considerations for Texas dentists, physicians, medical clinics, and hospitals, and let your startup journey in the Lone Star State flourish.

At Huynh & Huynh, PLLC, we want your startup to grow. Our experienced attorneys based in Houston, TX will help you get established with the best business structure for your idea while also meeting all your legal obligations to help you avoid future fines and limit your liability. Contact us at 713.622.1111 to schedule a strategy session today.

Startups and the Importance of Business Structure

One of the first, and most important, decisions when setting up your startup is which business structure to use. 

The main business structures to choose from are:

  • Sole proprietorship. The most straightforward and affordable business structure to set up, a sole proprietorship is a single-owner business. It may suit solopreneurs and consultants conducting low-risk business activities. 
  • Partnership. A partnership is owned by two or more partners whose personal liability depends on the type of partnership set up (general, limited, or limited liability (LLP)). LLPs are often useful for professions such as lawyers, financial advisors, and accountants.
  • Limited liability company (LLC). An LLC combines the features of a sole proprietorship or partnership and corporation. The structure suits a range of medium to high-risk small businesses that are seeking a simpler alternative to incorporation. 
  • Professional Limited liability company (LLC). A PLLC seamlessly integrates the advantages of a sole proprietorship or partnership with the liability protection of a corporation. This organizational structure is particularly well-suited for a variety of medium to high-risk professional practices, providing a straightforward alternative to the complexities of traditional incorporation.
  • Corporation. A corporation has a separate legal identity from its owners, limiting their personal liability. However, corporations are expensive and complex to set up and run. Incorporation may be attractive to startups requiring large amounts of venture capital or maximum liability protection. 

The structure of your startup has long-term legal, financial, and tax consequences so it's important to choose wisely. 

Startup Legal Services in Texas

When setting up your new business, you can engage a lawyer to advise and assist you on a range of matters.

Choosing a Business Structure

A business lawyer can explain the business structures available, the pros and cons of each, and which may be the best choice for your startup. They can also advise you of any city, county, state, and federal regulatory requirements, such as licenses, permits, and professional registration. 

Drafting Initial Documents

There's a lot of paperwork involved when starting a new business. An attorney can draft all the necessary initial documents, including:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Bill of Sale
  • Texas Certificate of Formation
  • Operating Agreement
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Banking Resolution
  • Doing Business As (DBA)
  • National Provider Identifier (NPI)
  • Tax Identification Number (EIN)
  • Privacy policies
  • SaaS agreements
  • Venture financing documents

Reviewing Contracts

In addition to preparing contracts for you, a lawyer can review and advise you on any business contracts prepared by third parties, like clients, suppliers, or landlords.

  • Independent Contractor/Associate Agreement
  • Commercial Leases
  • Non-Compete Agreement
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Investment Agreement
  • Employment contracts
  • Service contracts

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

A lawyer can assist you with patent, trademark, and patent applications to protect your business's intellectual property. 

Providing Ad Hoc Advice

There is a range of other legal issues that can arise in the course of setting up and running a startup business. These include tax, capital raising, and employment issues, like determining employee stock options and termination. 

Identifying Any Legal Risks

Once a business lawyer has an overview of your business and what it does, they can identify and explain any legal risks or potential issues that may arise. They can advise you on how to avoid them and best protect your business. 

Making Sure You Comply with Regulatory Laws

The government regulates the activities of businesses, including startups. Five main areas of law can be significant and could impact your startup in Texas. These five core areas include:

  • Advertising restrictions 
  • HIPAA regulations
  • Employment and labor laws 
  • OSHA regulations 
  • Data security and privacy protection 
  • Radiation Control (DSHS)
  • Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Compliance Plan

The layering of laws and regulations can make compliance more difficult, but our experienced business attorneys know the laws and regulations and will ensure compliance.

Five Factors to Consider before Starting a Business in Texas

Starting a business can be risky if adequate planning and due diligence are not undertaken. There are many issues to think about before setting up your business, and here are just a few of those things. 

1. Nature of your business

Clearly outlining the nature of your business helps guide many of the choices you make when starting a business, such as choosing a business structure. This includes identifying the product you are selling or the service you're providing, your target audience, and where the business will be based. 

One of the best ways to think through these issues is in a detailed business plan.

2. Business structure

The best structure for your business depends on a variety of factors, including the number of owners involved and how the business will be funded. Its structure will determine the business' tax obligations and the personal liability of its owners, so it is crucial to take time to consider the issue. 

3. Capital

One of the biggest questions when starting a business is how it will be funded. Are you funding it personally from savings or via a business loan, are family members contributing, or will you seek external investment? 

4. Employees

Factor in employee salaries and any other compulsory employee contributions into your financial planning. You will also need to familiarize yourself with the relevant federal and Texas employment laws. 

5. Compliance

There are also various state and federal regulations on businesses (as already noted), depending on the business structure and its activities. It is important to understand all of these compliance requirements, such as registration requirements, financial reporting, and other record-keeping obligations. 

Our experienced business lawyers can advise and guide you on these issues. 

Contact our Business Lawyers in Houston, TX Today 

At Huynh & Huynh, PLLC, we want to help you start your business from its conception. Our experienced business startup lawyers will get your business up and running quickly. We will make sure your startup is structured properly for efficiency's sake and to minimize risk. We will make sure your business complies with all relevant laws and regulations. We will provide the legal services you need to succeed. 

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