Start Your Business The Right Way

When beginning a new business venture, deciding which business structure works best for you is a critical step. Choosing the right formation requires proven legal and business savvy. 907 Legal will lay out the options and will tackle the paperwork so you don’t have to. Strategize about the future of your business today with 907 Legal’s legal advisors.

 

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Business & Entity Formation Options

Regardless of the size of your business, strategizing about the entity you form protects your assets and is an investment in your future. 907 Legal provides strategic legal advice in the following areas:

LLC

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business entity that acts and exists separate from its individual members. It can provide tax and liability benefits to those who participate.

LLP

A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is a type of partnership in which the liability of individual partners may be limited to their contribution. Many Alaskans choose to form LLPs for the liability protection it provides.

Corporate Veil

The “Corporate Veil” is the barrier created by a properly formed and operated business entity that protects the individuals involved in the business from individual liability. When it comes to protecting yourself from the acts of a corporation, the law can be complex and involve many parties who have competing interests. Call 907 Legal for a free consultation to make sure you protect your rights and your personal assets.

C-Corp

A C-Corp is a business entity which has elected to file Federal Taxes under Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code.

S-Corp

An S-Corp is a business entity which has elected to file federal taxes under Subchapter S of Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code. Entities can enjoy substantial tax benefits by opting to form an S-Corp- contact 907 Legal to see if it is right for you.

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Business Formation FAQs

How long will it take to form my company?

The time involved in forming a new business entity depends on the complexity of the formation documents and the wait list from the State of Alaska. Selecting the right business entity and ensuring it is properly formed are essential for smooth operation and avoidance of unnecessary delays, expenses, and future litigation. At 907 Legal we help form companies for a flat fee so that you know how much it will cost up front for us to handle the legal side so you can focus on your business.

Do I need a company to open a business bank account?

Your business will operate as an entity separate and apart from yourself. Call 907 Legal to set up a consultation to ensure you are starting your business on the right foot.

What is the difference between a corporation and an LLC?

Generally, an LLC has members whereas a corporation has shareholders. An LLC has the liability protections of a corporation without requiring a more complex management structure. When beginning a new business venture, deciding on which business structure works best for you can be one of the most fundamental and critical steps in avoiding unnecessary delays, expenses, and future litigation. At 907 Legal we have the knowledge and experience to help you select the right entity for your business and will wade through the creation process so you don’t have to.

Do I need an EIN?

Your business will operate as an entity separate and apart from yourself. Call 907 Legal to set up a consultation to ensure you are starting your business on the right foot.

Will I only have to file once?

The State of Alaska’s corporations and business entity requirements differ depending on the type of business you create. When beginning a new business venture, selecting the right business entity and ensuring it is properly formed are essential for smooth operation and avoidance of unnecessary delays, expenses, and future litigation. At 907 Legal we help form companies for a flat fee so that you know how much it will cost up front for us to handle the legal side so you can focus on your business.

How much will it cost?

When beginning a new business venture, selecting the right business entity and ensuring it is properly formed are essential for smooth operation and avoidance of unnecessary delays, expenses, and future litigation. At 907 Legal we help form companies for a flat fee so that you know how much it will cost up front for us to handle the legal side so you can focus on your business.

What entity should I form?

It depends on your individual needs, goals, and circumstances. When beginning a new business venture, deciding on which business structure works best for you can be one of the most fundamental and critical steps. At 907 Legal we have the knowledge and experience to help you select the right entity for your business and will wade through the creation process so you don’t have to.

Will you be my registered agent?

When it comes to legal service and communicating with the State, selecting the right registered agent is essential to make sure you know about problems as soon as they occur. Call 907 Legal to set up a consultation to ensure you are starting your business on the right foot.

What are articles of incorporation?

Articles of Incorporation are the documents that form your new corporation or company. When beginning a new business venture, selecting the right business entity and ensuring it is properly formed are essential for smooth operation. At 907 Legal we help form companies for a flat fee so that you know how much it will cost up front for us to handle the legal side so you can focus on your business.

How do corporations shield individuals?

Because your corporation operates as a legal entity separate and apart from you as an individual, a properly formed and operated corporation creates a barrier that can protect the individuals involved in the business from individual liability. When it comes to protecting yourself from the acts of a corporation, the law can be complex and involve many parties who have competing interests. Call 907 Legal for a free consultation to make sure you protect your rights and your personal assets.

Can I form my company myself?

You can –  it is essential that when beginning a new business venture you select the right business entity based on your individual needs, goals, and circumstances, and that you ensure that it is properly formed. Properly handling this first and most fundamental step is crucial for smooth operation and avoidance of unnecessary delays, expenses, and future litigation. At 907 Legal we use our experience to form companies for a flat fee so that you know how much it will cost up front for us to handle the legal side so you can focus on your business.

Do you provide business advice?

Absolutely. Whether setting out on a new business venture or protecting an existing company, the lawyers at 907 Legal have the knowledge and experience to assist you with your business needs.

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Peter R. Ehrhardt

Attorney at Law

Peter graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska the same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel. He founded 907 Legal to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Katie A. Elsner

Attorney at Law

After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, Katie continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office and then with Alaska Legal Services and as a contract attorney on the Peninsula.

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Josh B. Cooley

Attorney at Law

Josh shaped his practice in Miami, where in his first year he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, he moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney.


Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: peter@907legal.com

Peter R. Ehrhardt

Peter Ehrhardt, Attorney at Law, graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska that same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel, Alaska. In 1983, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Sitka, Alaska, and worked for a small general practice firm there. In 1984, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Kenai, Alaska, where he resides today.

In 2002, Peter started a Kenai law firm to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula. Since then, the office has expanded to include three local attorneys committed to providing honest, accommodating, and timely service throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Peter continues to fight for his clients’ rights and support the staff to this day.


Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: katie@907legal.com

Katie A. Elsner

Katie completed her undergraduate education in 2004 at New York University where she graduated cum laude. Katie then went on to the prestigious Northwestern University School of Law. It was here that Katie learned, while working on death penalty cases, that the client is the most important focus in each and every case.

After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, she continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office. During her five years in Miami, she represented thousands of adult and juvenile clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, like DUI and assault, to life felonies, including homicide and sexual assault. She was a founding member of the Task Force on Forensic Litigation and received national attention when she was featured on an episode of the A&E TV show ‘After the First 48’ where she successfully convinced a judge to dismiss her client’s murder case.

Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, Katie ultimately decided to leave Miami for the scenery and seasons for which Alaska is so well known. Since arriving in the Kenai area, she has worked for Alaska Legal Services, where she expanded her practice to include civil litigation in areas such as divorce and custody, child in need of aid, probate, protective proceedings and estates and later provided the same services as a contract attorney at Walton, Theiler & Winegarden. From attacking eye-witness identifications and the forensic sciences to resolving a family dispute, Katie is adept at litigating the particular issues involved in your criminal or civil case. With experience trying dozens of jury and non-jury trials, negotiating hundreds of case resolutions, and taking thousands of depositions, Katie is a vigorous advocate who will fight for you.


Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: josh@907legal.com

Josh B. Cooley

Josh Cooley, Attorney at Law, graduated from the The George Washington University Law Center in Washington, D.C. While in Law School, Mr. Cooley fell in love with criminal defense and Alaska while interning at the Alaska Public Defender Office here in Kenai.

Immediately after graduating, however, Mr. Cooley set out to shape his criminal defense and litigation practice in one of the biggest and busiest markets in the country: Miami. In his first year, he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, Mr. Cooley moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney handling only murder, attempted murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and “capital” sexual battery cases. Those first four years of Mr. Cooley’s practice helped shape him into the seasoned, aggressive, and strategic litigator that he is today.

Mr. Cooley has conducted over 1,000 depositions and defended more than 50 cases at trial. Mr. Cooley has defended clients charged with crimes including: murder, attempted murder, DUI, armed robbery, theft, burglary, home invasion robbery, mortgage fraud, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding, drug possession, distribution, and trafficking, assault, sexual assault, and all manner of domestic violence allegations. While in Miami, Mr. Cooley was a founding member of the “Task Force on Forensic Litigation,” and conducted presentations and training to attorneys on how to defend against weapons and drug charges.

Peter’s Cases of Note

EXXON VS. BAKER

Peter was a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team which obtained a $5 billion verdict in the Exxon Valdez litigation. For his work on that case, Mr. Ehrhardt, as a member of the trial team, received the 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a national organization of trial lawyers.

GLACIER BAY

Peter was co-council in Re: Glacier Bay, a class action arising out of a 1987 oil spill in upper Cook Inlet which resulted in a $51 million settlement.

SITKA PULP MILL

Peter and a very small team of lawyers aggressively researched and challenged the odds to win the fight against the pollution causing factory in the early 90’s.

Katie’s Cases of Note

STATE V. SOSA-PALMA

Mr. Sosa-Palma was accused of murdering his brother. If convicted, he would have spent the rest of his life in prison. By challenging and attacking the forensic, medical, and crime scene evidence, Katie was able to successfully convince the judge that, despite the State’s theory of the case, Mr. Sosa-Palma was acting in self-defense. When the Judge granted Mr. Sosa-Palma’s request for immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Mr. Sosa-Palma’s murder charge was dismissed and he was released from jail.

STATE V. RANDALL

Successfully challenged a CSSD administrative child support order leading to the reversal of tens of thousands of accrued child support arrearages, invalidating an administrative driver’s license suspension for non-payment of support and securing a dismissal of criminal charges for driving while his license was suspended.

MERRILL V. MERRILL

Prevailed on a theory of equitable rescission at trial resulting in the client keeping sole possession of all of the property acquired during the marriage without having to divide anything with his former spouse.

STATE V. WASHINGTON, ET AL

Challenged the constitutionality of Florida’s controlled substance laws and obtained a court order on behalf of over 30 defendants finding the statutory scheme unconstitutional and dismissing their cases. Although a stay was entered and the trial court reversed on appeal, the cases were able to resolve with negotiated resolutions that avoided felony convictions and lengthy prisons sentences for the defendants.

Josh’s Cases of Note

STATE V. T.D.

T.D., a juvenile, was charged with multiple sexual assault charges carrying mandatory minimum penalties upwards of 20 years per charge. Mr. Cooley was able, through the use of an expert and pretrial management, to provide substantial mitigating evidence to the District Attorney. In the end, T.D.’s case was handled in juvenile court and he was placed on probation, avoiding a lengthy adult prison sentence and a lifetime of sex offender registration.

STATE V. HYATT

Hyatt was charged with assaulting his wife with a kitchen knife. Mr. Cooley vigorously prepared the case for trial and presented his defense through cross examination of the State witnesses. At the conclusion of the State’s evidence Mr. Cooley was able to convince the Judge that no reasonable juror could find Mr. Hyatt guilty and the Judge dismissed the case.

The State, upset at having the assault thrown out, then sought to charge Mr. Hyatt with a DUI from an accident nearly a year prior. Mr. Cooley prepared legal briefing and filed it with the Court, arguing that too much time had passed to pursue the DUI. The State was eventually forced to dismiss the DUI as well.

STATE V. HENSEL

Hensel was charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence after being contacted in the driver seat of a truck stuck in the snow near Kasilof: he faced a minimum sentence of 3 years. At a pretrial hearing, Mr. Cooley was able to elicit testimony from the officer that conflicted with his prior reports and helped to show that Mr. Hensel had not in fact been driving or in physical control of the truck. Mr. Cooley was able to use these newly uncovered facts to convince the District Attorney to drop the charges.

STATE V. WHITAKER

Whitaker was charged with two counts of Murder in the shooting death of two individuals outside of a Chili’s restaurant in Miami. Through the use of expert witnesses and tireless preparation, Mr. Cooley was able to present evidence at a pretrial hearing that Whitaker had acted in self-defense. The Trial Court refused to grant Whitaker immunity from prosecution, but the Court of Appeals was persuaded by the evidence Cooley put forth in the hearing and granted Whitaker immunity from prosecution.