Kentucky Entity Formation: Starting a Business in Kentucky

Thinking of launching your business empire in the Bluegrass State but do not know where to start? A couple of years ago, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development created an excellent guide for Kentucky entrepreneurs such as yourself to help navigate the various choices and critical decisions you will face. Not only does it contain helpful information on the basic federal, state and local licensing and tax requirements for a new business it is also loaded with contact information for several government agencies that offer additional services. You can download a free PDF of the “The Kentucky Business Guide, A Handbook for Starting and Licensing a Business in Kentucky” here:

In it you will find advice on everything from where to go for help starting your business to tips on creating a business plan and licensing and permitting your business to where to obtain a Federal Tax ID number and how to register with the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

When it comes to the legal structure of your business, Conliffe, Sandmann & Sullivan is available to advise and file all the necessary paperwork on your behalf. Also, should you ever find yourself in a situation that might require our business litigation and legal services, be assured we have decades of experience representing individuals and companies of all sizes in commercial and business disputes from shareholder and franchise disputes to insurance coverage issues and defense of wrongful termination and sexual harassment claims, among other specialities.

Naturally, we applaud your decision to start a business in Kentucky. As one of Kentucky’s preeminent business law firms, we’re here to help. In fact, our hometown of Louisville was featured among Forbe’s 2011 Ranking of America’s Top Metros for Business – so it’s kind of a point of local pride!

When Municipalities are Involved in Business Disputes

Municipalities often engage in business with private parties as a necessary part of running the day to day functioning of government services. While the public/private contracts may be common, they still open the door to disputes. In the event that a government agency is involved in a legal dispute with a private party, CS&S can provide representation throughout the litigation, mediation or arbitration process.

Some common issues include:

Construction disputes – Construction disputes between municipalities or state agencies and private construction firms are not uncommon. We provide cities with skilled representation in litigation matters, and we can also provide counsel in an effort to prevent a dispute from becoming a lawsuit. Our attorneys have detailed knowledge of construction law, which is essential in handling these complex matters. We represent clients in matters involving public works, road construction, breach of contract, work delays, and many other construction-related cases.

Business and contract disputes – CS&S represents governmental bodies in a variety of business and contract matters. Legal disputes often arise between municipalities and private contractors who have agreed to provide services. When a city does business with a private party, the same possibility of contract litigation exists as between two private individuals. We bring our extensive business law experience to bear in protecting the interests of the governmental bodies we represent.