Even if you want to go it alone, buy an hour or so of time from an attorney to chew over your plans--and the possible problems. Where to find a lawyer?
West Legal Directory: With a listing of 800,000-plus lawyers, this is the mother lode of U.S. legal talent. Searches can be conducted by state and practice area. (Check under "Corporations and Business Org.")
Freelance writer Robert McGarvey, who has been a sole proprietor, a partner and incorporated, still prefers the no-hassle option of sole proprietorship.