Corporation, Partnerships, and LLC Formation Services:

Thomas L. Gourde offers a wide variety of services to his firm’s clients related to forming and operating their companies.  From start-up through dissolution, Ray & Gourde, LLP recognizes that the entity’s legal needs must be met in their entirely in an efficient and cost-effective manner.   Mr. Gourde is well versed in the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership, and how each is structured. 

As part of Mr. Gourde’s services, he will draft and execute formation documents, including:

  • Preparing and filing  articles of incorporation and organization
  • Drafting partnership agreements, by laws and LLC operating agreements
  • Filing initial tax documents to obtain the client’s employer identification number

In addition to basic formation services, Mr. Gourde routinely advises his clients on the more nuanced aspects of entity formation including:

  • Preparing of shareholders’ agreements and documenting buy-sell arrangements, whether funded or unfunded
  • Drafting terms dealing with issues of management and control, capitalization and shareholder voting
  • Succession planning for both intra-family and inter-family owned entities

Of course, once a business is fully operating, the need for strong, cost-effective legal guidance does not cease.  Mr. Gourde offers services in basic and advanced corporate governance as well as handling those exceptional situations that can have serious consequences for your business.  The firm’s on-going entity support includes:

  • Structuring the division of a business or the departure of an owner or executive
  • Corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, including recapitalization of subchapter S corporations
  • Negotiating, drafting and executing joint venture agreements
  • Analyzing and counseling on personnel issues, including negotiating and drafting employment and independent contractor agreements, consulting agreements, and separation agreements
  • Drafting non-competition agreements
  • Counseling on and negotiation of compensation arrangements, including deferred compensation planning for executives, stock options and phantom stock agreements

If you wish to form or currently operate a corporation, partnership or LLC, you should consult with a competent and experienced attorney who can assist you. 

If you have any questions about corporations, partnerships and LLC formation services, please contact Mr. Gourde at (949) 825-6525.


Thomas L. Gourde, Partner - Ray & Gourde, LLP
111 Pacifica, Suite 120 - Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 825-6525 - Fax: (949) 825-6544 - Email: