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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes MST Law different?

We’re sure you’ll notice the difference the moment you stop by our office.  MST’s attorneys will impress you with their legal knowledge with respect to your issues as well as their determination to finding the best solution for your problem.

Do you bill hourly?

MST has a variety of billing practices.  Depending on the matter, MST offers the traditional hourly billing in addition to flat-fee and monthly subscriptions.

What services do you provide?

We provide a suite of services for businesses, from corporate transactions to commercial litigation.  We also provide estate planning and immigration services.  Click here for more information.

Do you provide any services not listed on your website?

The field of law is both broad and detailed.  The attorneys at our firm dedicate a significant portion of their time to learning the trade of their practice areas.  For that reason, we are reluctant to accept matters outside of our areas of focus.  We do have working relationships with many great attorneys and would be happy to recommend an attorney who can address your needs.


While each client has a different story, our clients have many of the same questions in common.  This page will be used to answer the questions we receive most often.

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While the information here is not legal advice, we hope it helps highlight the value of attorney services.  We often suggest our clients review our FAQs prior to a consultation so that we may make most efficient use of consultation time.

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Business Services

I am starting a new business. Should I hire an attorney?

Starting a new business can be an exciting but stressful time for any person or partnership. An experienced attorney can help you navigate through the many decisions and tasks you will need to accomplish prior to doing business in Illinois, including the most cost effective and strategic form of organization, as well as registering with the appropriate local, state and federal government agencies. MST Law will thoroughly review your needs and options to ensure your business starts off with a strong, compliant and strategic foundation.

What are the Illinois Secretary of State’s requirements for my business?

The answer is different depending on a variety of factors, not the least of which is your choice of entity.  For example, if we determine that your business is best structured as a corporation, we would ensure that your company complies with all provisions of the Illinois’ corporation act, the Business Corporation Act of 1983 (850 ILCS 5). Forming a limited liability company will subject you to the Limited Liability Company Act with a different set of requirements. Sole proprieters, on the other hand, may not need to register with the Secretary of State, but may have publication requirements and required registrations with other departments of Illinois, county, or municipal governments. Domestic and foreign businesses also have different requirements, as do businesses involved in professional trades or design.  Please also note that you may need to register with multiple state governments, including IDFPR and IDOR.

As you can see, many factors need to be considered when determining the required first steps to starting your business.  While forming your own business without a lawyer is certainly possible, you may not know if you’re overlooking certain required registrations.

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