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We protect your business so you can focus on growing it.

Franchising your business? Forming a corporation? Work with our team to form your business right from the start.

Business Formation

C-Corp? S-Corp? LLC? We can help you design your company's legal structure.

Franchise Experience

We can help take your business to the next level and into the world of franchising.

Real Estate

Get expert guidance on commercial leases, agreements, & letters of intent

Intellectual Property

Your brand is your company's public identity. Protect it and make a name for yourself.

Business Acquition

We can help develop asset purchase agreements for your acquisitions

Your Franchise Law Experts

We’ve helped companies take the next step from regional chains into the vast world of franchising. We have the experience and resources you need in order to file documents, create policies, and protect your brand as you grow.

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Our Legal Practice Area

The law office of Soden & Steinberger, APLC, provides experienced, effective business law and litigation services in the San Diego area and throughout California.

We work with a wide variety of commercial clients, each coming to us with different needs.
Explore our services below to learn more about what we can do for your business.

Business Enterprise Formation

There are many forms a business can take on. The best one for you takes into consideration flexibility, tax advantages, and growth opportunities.

Franchise Law and Franchise Formation

A solid legal understanding is necessary for those looking to either create a franchise or buy into a franchise. We are experts in this.

Business Litigation

Litigation is the process of pursuing the settlement of a dispute in a court of law. We work to protect you and your business interests.

Contracts and Contract Review

Contracts establish sound foundations for business startups, effective mergers, successful joint ventures and real estate transactions.

Intellectual Property

IP includes registration of trademark and copyrights, defending against trade secret infringement or the process of issuing licenses.

Real Estate Law

Almost every business enterprise needs a physical place to conduct business. Because of this, it is important to enter into any real estate agreements with as much understanding as possible.

All-in-One Business Formation Package

Corporate Filing

Articles of Incorporation which forms the company and Statement of Information that is required to filed on an annual basis for a corporation and every other year for limited liability companies.

Meeting Minutes

Shareholder and Board of Director Minutes for annual meetings and for other important events that happen throughout the year. Like a diary for an enity.

Services Agreement

Every business needs agreements in order to secure contracts for its services. We make sure you have the contracts you need to have confidence in your business agreements.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement, confidential disclosure agreement, proprietary information agreement, or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with each other prior to entering into a business relationship.

Employee Agreements, Manuals and Employee Handbook

An employee handbook, sometimes also known as an employee manual or staff handbook, is a book given to employees by an employer. Usually, the employee handbook contains information about company policies and procedures, vaction and sick leave policies.

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Our firm provides legal services all over the country. If you are located too far away to visit, we can handle your needs over the phone!

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Schedule a meeting to talk to one our partners about your business' legal needs and make an action plan.

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Legal Services

Affordable legal services for your small business, family, and personal needs

Soden & Steinberger, APLC is a boutique law firm offering strong, skilled and knowledgeable business, intellectual property and real estate representation to clients throughout the San Diego area.

Years of Experience

Changing the way people think about attorneys One Client at a Time.®

Meet Our Team

Robert J. Steinberger


Jason W. Coberly


Megan Johnson

Of Counsel

Megan Johnson

Of Counsel

Jasfer Nepomuceno

Why Choose Us

Legal solutions for your business

Our attorneys offer each client the benefit of our broad business background, our strong entrepreneurial spirit and our skilled legal counsel to benefit your interests.

Certified Legal Experts

We are certified to practice law in the state of California and can also serve clients remotely across the country

Experience You Can Trust

With us, you're getting more than just theory. We've applied our expertise to countless businesses over many decades

A Valuable Service

When it comes to protecting your company, you want the best. Our rates are reasonable and affordable.

Common Questions

Most Popular Questions

A C Corporation is so named because it is taxed under subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), while an S Corporation is taxed under subchapter S of the IRC In an S Corporation, the income of the corporation is not taxed at the corporate level as in a C Corporation, but rather it passes through to the shareholders. All corporations generally start out as C Corporations, but shareholders can elect to switch to S Corporation status if the corporation meets certain requirements.

The S Corporation and Limited Liability Company (LLC) both provide limited liability for all shareholders and flow-through tax treatment. However, there are numerous requirements that corporations must meet to qualify for S Corporation status that do not apply to LLCs. To qualify as an S Corporation, the corporation must be, among other things, a domestic corporation with only one class of stock and with no more than 100 shareholders (all of whom are individuals, estates or certain qualifying trusts and are U.S. citizens and residents).

Generally, shareholders or owners are not personally liable for a corporation's actions; however, if the corporate veil is pierced, they can be held personally liable. Courts may allow plaintiffs to pierce the corporate veil where the corporation is really the "alter ego" of the owners and the corporation cannot be viewed as a separate entity. This is often found to be the case where the corporation disregarded corporate formalities or the shareholders' and corporation's assets are intermingled.

Yes. Most states have a form that allows you to convert your business to an LLC. For states that do not have a conversion form, the business must file an application to become an LLC. Some states also require a partnership to run an advertisement in the newspaper announcing its dissolution. You must also remember to change all of your licenses and permits over to the name of your LLC.

A registered agent provides a local address for the receipt of service of papers and for contact by the Secretary of State and other agencies. A corporation and LLC need registered agents because even though they are separate legal entities, they cannot receive paperwork, so they need someone to receive documents on their behalf. The registered agent forwards service receipts, tax information and other paperwork to the business.

Yes. A foreign corporation wishing to do business in another state must qualify to do so. It is typically a simple process. One need only contact the Secretary of State for the state in which he or she wishes to conduct business.

General partners are subject to personal liability for the debts and obligations of the partnership. In addition, general partners are typically entitled to participate fully in the management of the partnership. Limited partners cannot generally exercise much control over the business and their liability is limited to their investment in the business.

A non-profit corporation is a corporation that is carried out for a charitable, educational, religious, literary or scientific purpose. A non-profit corporation does not pay either state or federal taxes because the government deems the corporation's actions to be for the betterment of society.

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Let us help you not only grow but also ensure that your business remains protected on all fronts. Contact us today to learn more about how we can contribute to your success.

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