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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 10th Bk&Cr edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873378261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873378260
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 712 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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About the Author

Attorney Anthony Mancuso is a corporations expert and author of Nolo's bestselling corporate law series. He is the author of How to Form Your Own Corporation for California, New York, Florida and Texas; How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (National and California Editions); The Corporate Minutes Book; California Incorporator (software) and co-author of Nolo's Partnership Maker (software) and How to Create a Buy-Sell Agreement & Control the Destiny of Your Small Business. His books and software have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to incorporate.


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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.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa37ef360) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38252a0) out of 5 stars excellent guidebook to corporation issues and how-to Aug. 9 2006
By David Martens - Published on Amazon.com
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(0xa38252f4) out of 5 stars How to Form Your Own California Corporation (9th Ed) March 28 2000
By Thom Tu-Duc - Published on Amazon.com
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(0xa382572c) out of 5 stars Excellent resource, easy to understand Oct. 5 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3825888) out of 5 stars Excellent Book! Warning for SoCal LLCs July 10 2012
By Adam F. Thurtell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is great, very clear, easy to read, and lays out the process step by step. I highly recommend it! I don't have anything to add that hasn't been said, EXCEPT:

LLC applicants in SoCal: you CANNOT reserve an LLC name in person at the Los Angeles Secretary of State!

The SOS does not announce this anywhere on their website, and the form itself, downloaded from the SOS site, directs you to file your LLC name reservation at the LA office. Since the SOS doesn't announce this, it's not in the book (but thru no fault of NOLO). I found out the hard way by schlepping to the SOS office, taking my number, sitting in a beat up dirty chair and waiting to be called, then being told that I'd have to file my reservation via mail.

I will post back if I run into further problems.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa382584c) out of 5 stars Extremely Valuable Resource for Starting a California Corporation May 17 2011
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on Amazon.com
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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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