Christine Mathias

Attorney · Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Christine Mathias is a former legal editor at Nolo specializing in business formation. Christine has a B.A. from Portland State University, a J.D. from Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and a M.L.I.S. from the Simmons School of Library and Information Science.

Christine has been an active member of the California State Bar and an inactive member of the Vermont Bar Association.  Her experience includes working as a law librarian at the University of San Diego and the San Diego County Law Library, directing several nonprofits, and practicing as an attorney in both Vermont and California.

Christine operates a law practice based in Joshua Tree, California, with a focus on small businesses and nonprofits.

Articles By Christine Mathias

How to Start an LLC in 6 Simple Steps
A simple LLC start guide, with answers to common questions.
How to Convert a Sole Proprietorship to an LLC
When you convert your sole proprietorship to an LLC, you formalize the business and enjoy limited liability.
What is the Best Business Structure for an Independent Contractor?
Sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, and corporations are all business structures that independent contractors should explore.
Differences Between a Sole Proprietorship and a Partnership
A sole proprietorship has one owner, while a partnership has two or more owners.
5 Steps to Dissolve a Business Partnership
You can dissolve a partnership informally, but taking the steps to wind up the business can limit your liability.
Guide to Pass-Through Entities: Avoiding Double Taxation of Business Income
A pass-through entity is any type of business that is not subject to corporate tax.
Do You Need a Buyout Agreement?
A buyout agreement is an important tool to allow you to plan for the future of your business.
Can You Convert an LLC to a Corporation?
An LLC can transition to a corporation, but conversion might mean more paperwork and taxes.
Understanding Joint Ventures and How They Work
Forming a joint venture is an opportunity to expand your business and reach new customers by working with another individual or business.
What is a Single-Member LLC (SMLLC)?
An SMLLC combines the limited liability of a corporation with the tax benefits of a sole proprietorship.