Seattle and Tacoma Sole Proprietorship Attorneys

Providing sole proprietors with solution-oriented legal counsel and representation

According to the State of Washington Business Licensing Service, sole proprietorships are the most common form of business entity. In fact, many people may be operating as a sole proprietorship without being aware of it. A sole proprietorship exists when an individual or a married couple operates as a business; common examples could include music teachers, nannies, plumbers, handymen, carpenters, freelance writers, or housekeepers. Because many sole proprietorships are small operations, their owners are often under the mistaken impression that they do not need legal counsel or that they should just obtain representation on an ad hoc basis if the circumstances call for it. In reality, anyone who is operating their own business should seek legal counsel regarding their business and develop a relationship with an attorney who is familiar with representing small business owners.

Call the Dickson Frohlich today at (251) 621-1110 in Seattle and (253) 572-1000 in Tacoma for a free 15-minute consultation with one of our lawyers.

The legal pros and cons of sole proprietorship

Sole proprietorships have various legal advantages and disadvantages that make them more suitable for some business than others. For example, there are no filing requirements to start a sole proprietorship, they are extremely flexible in terms of management, are not subject to corporate regulations, and may pay less in taxes than other business forms. On the other hand, the owner of a sole proprietorship is personally liable for all of the debts incurred by the business. Other business formations, including limited liability companies, S-corporations, and C-corporations shield their owners from personal liability in many cases.

While there are few legal formalities associated with operating a sole proprietorship, there are many ways in which an attorney can help sole proprietors successfully run their businesses and avoid legal liability. These include the following:

  • Contract review and drafting
  • Tax advice
  • Representing you in business negotiations
  • Ensuring that your operation complies with any applicable state and federal regulations

The exact way in which an attorney will be able to help you depends of the specifics of your business. An experienced lawyer will conduct a thorough analysis of your circumstances and advise you as to whether there are any critical legal issues that need to be attended to immediately.

Contact a Seattle and Tacoma business law firm today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation

Anyone who is operating a sole proprietorship in the state of Washington should contact an experienced business law attorney as soon as possible. With over 100 years of combined experience, the Seattle & Tacoma business lawyers of the Dickson Frohlich are equipped to provide individuals and businesses with top-notch legal representation and counsel.

For a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Dickson Frohlich today at (206) 621-1110 from Seattle or (253) 572-1000 in Tacoma.

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Thomas L. Dickson

Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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Robert P. Dickson

The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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Mark S. Johnson

Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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Daniel J. Frohlich

Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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Chris Lindemeier

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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Rebecca Corcoran

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Rebecca is active in the firm’s business law department. She can help with entity formation, intellectual property, as well as any necessary litigation involving your business’s needs

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Daniel Pizarro

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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Alexander Wisbey

Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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George Knight

George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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Reed Speir

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Reed Speir has lived in the Tacoma area since 1994. Reed earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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I highly recommend Dickson Frohlich and if I ever need a lawyer again they will be my first call.

- Jeremy H.

I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate this firm! These guys helped me through one of the most challenging legal situations I’ve faced in my life. Their skill and expertise literally saved my business. I’ve dealt with other counsel in the past but the Dickson firm was by far the most competent and tactful counsel I’ve ever received. I would recommend this group to anyone!

- Keith D.

It’s a pleasure to work with the guys at Dickson Frohlich. One of the first things that stood out to me was how down to earth and friendly everyone at the firm is. I would definitely recommend them.

- Den L.