Attorneys for small businesses?

accounting ledgerJeff emails:

I know a few weeks ago you had a post about where to find an accountant in the Albany area but I was wondering where the best place to set up an LLC locally was. Any suggestions? I'm totally lost!!

An attorney who specializes in commercial law could definitely smooth the way here.

So, any suggestions for Jeff -- either for a good attorney to help him, or some other resource? Please share!

Earlier on AOA:
+ A good oral surgeon?
+ A good accountant?
+ A good divorce attorney?

photo: Edinburgh City of Print (Flickr user edinburghcityofprint)


It's actually very easy to set up an LLC yourself, and the people at the Department of State are very helpful in making sure you've filled out the forms properly. The basic information is here:

I agree with Carl, you can definitely do it yourself. If you would still prefer to hire someone Kriss, Kriss and Brignola ( is a local firm that handles all kinds of law, including business law. It's a little off topic for the question but they also specialize in the formation of not-for-profits. I've known a lot of people who have been very happy with their work.

(Full disclosure, I am related to one of the partners but I know they do good work for a reasonable price.)

I know there is a company in Albany that sets up LLCs and other corporate entities around the nation...they are based out of Colonie and have competitive rates. Unfortunately they don't have a website, but the name of the company is Nationwide Information Services, Inc. My contact's name is Angela Brown and her number is 518-449-8429.

We use a great attorney based in Latham - Tobin and Grifferty, P.C. Talk to Steve Grifferty who has been practicing in the area for over 25 years. I believe they focus mostly on small business, real estate, finance, estate, trust and not-for-profits.

If you're interested, the firm is located at 678 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham. His email address is or you can call him at 518.452.2552...i forgot his extension, but the receptionist can always just put you through. If you have any questions, just ask! He's a great guy and has a wonderful team - very friendly and personable people!

Andrew T. Pelletier, Esq.
(518) 765-5783
Voorheesville, NY

i know the legal project also has a free consultation program for individuals looking to start small businesses.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

48 stories

Over at the Biz Review Mike DeMasi got a look at one of the until-now-undisclosed proposals for the former Albany convention center land that (apparently)... (more)

PechaKucha is back at the Opalka Gallery

The local PechaKucha series returns to the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus this Friday. The lineup (so far) posted includes short talks on... (more)

A synthetic DNA signature

There are a bunch of interesting angles to this NYT article about efforts by researchers at UAlbany create synthetic DNA-based tags for authenticating art work,... (more)

Baklava at Athos

Lately, I've been feeling wanderlusty. Don't get me wrong -- Upstate New York in fall is a wonderful place to be. I relish and marvel... (more)

"Even if you just hire one person with autism, I think that'll make a huge impact"

Check it out: Puzzles Bakery and Cafe in Schenectady -- which was founded with a mission to provide employment opportunities for people with autism --... (more)

Recent Comments

I'm actually slightly worried that I'm going to enter one of our fine "curated" establishments in Troy and find a framed pothole hanging on the wall, now...

Map quiz: up there

...has 4 comments, most recently from Greg

The week ahead

...has 2 comments, most recently from Dan Roesser

Today's moment of autumn

...has 3 comments, most recently from Paul

LGBT Law Day at Albany Law

...has 1 comment, most recently from Vince

A quick look at how Albany's red light camera system has started off

...has 3 comments, most recently from James C. Walker