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Different types of legal entities and liability

Consider the following scenario:

Joan has always been a "hands-on" manager, a businessperson who becomes involved in all aspects of an operation. She is starting her own company, which will manufacture parts for the private aviation industry. There is some potential for product liability in this line of business. Joan consults an attorney to decide upon the kind of business entity to form, so she has freedom in exercising management control and she is protected to the greatest extent available from product liability lawsuits.

Assuming Joan will be the sole owner of the business, what would be the advantage of operating her new firm as a sole proprietorship? What would be the disadvantages, if any?
To protect Joan from personal liability, what business form or forms may her attorney recommend? Why?
Besides recommending a certain business structure, what other steps might the attorney suggest to Joan to help protect her from losses due to product liability?

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If Joan decides to operate the business as a sole owner, the advantage is that setting up the business will be simple as far as the state is concerned. Joan can probably set this up by herself with the state and many times she does not really have to do anything special.

The disadvantage ...

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Assuming Joan will be the sole owner of the business, what would be the advantage of operating her new firm as a sole proprietorship? What would be the disadvantages, if any?
To protect Joan from personal liability, what business form or forms may her attorney recommend? Why?
Besides recommending a certain business structure, what other steps might the attorney suggest to Joan to help protect her from losses due to product liability?

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