You do not need an attorney to create an LLC or a Corporation. However, as an attorney, I have a great deal of experience advising clients which entity is best for them and also setting them at ease regarding the creation of the entity. It will save you headaches and money in the long run.
There are a number of do-it-yourself options for creating a corporation. I have seen a number of issue pop up with clients after creating an entity. They fail to make the proper tax treatment selection in a timely fashion. They create a corporation or without creating a proper shareholder/operating agreement and bylaws. They fail to properly document decisions regarding the operation of the business. And lastly they fail to properly anticipate how their business will grow.
I highly recommend that if you start an LLC or Corporation with more than one person, you should have an attorney prepare it for you. You need to prepare for changes to the business and prepare for the end of the business. What will happen if one of the shareholder’s die or goes through a divorce? What happens if a shareholder wants to leave the business? These are just a few of the questions that should be tackled at the start of the business rather than a time of crisis. Lastly an attorney with tax experience can help you anticipate the most favorable tax policies for your business and avoid costly audits.