LLC’s or Corporations
Get the right business structure
We get your LLC or corporation up and running or update your existing LLC or corporation. We draft your operating agreement, resolutions, minutes, asset transfer documents (deeds, assignments, bill of sale), and promissory notes.
Keep the government happy
We file your biennial reports, renew your business lisc, serve as our registered agent, and file other reports with the state of Alaska to keep your LLC or corporation in good standing.
Peace of mind with what you sign
Call when you have questions
We give you legal advice whenever you need it. Just pick up the phone or send us an email. There’s no clock running when we answer your questions.
Prevention is better than litigation
We strive to keep you out of the courthouse. We’ll help you resolve disputes short of litigation. We’ll help you find the right attorney if something goes to mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
Trademark & Copyright
Protect your brand
We help you register your trademark and copyright applications to protect the brand you’ve worked so hard to build.
LLC or Corporation
Inside-out Legal Services
$100/month per LLC or Corporation
+ FILING FEES
with a two-year commitment
Only good standing portion of service
$20/month + FILING FEES
with a two-year commitment
Just need a little legal advice
$100 for a one hour consultation
We’ve pushed as much as we can to the internet. We don’t have paralegals, legal secretaries, and fancy offices. So we can keep our costs down and pass the savings on to you.
Prevent Legal Problems
Most small businesses don’t call an attorney until things are really bad. That’s like using the emergency room for your primary care provider. We designed things so that you don’t hesitate to ask us for help. This prevents small problems from becoming big problems.
You just want to run your business. You don’t want to worry about all that legal stuff. Our goal is to take your legal headaches away.
Andrew C. Mitton
I’ve practiced law in Alaska for over 17 years. I’ve worked in law firms and as in-house counsel for large corporations. I started Vellum LLC in 2011. Why start a new company? Because there’s a much better way to provide legal services to Alaska’s small businesses and nobody else was doing it. So I redesigned the law firm from the ground up so that small businesses like yours can have a legal department like the big guys.
I've negotiated and drafted thousands of contracts, managed many business acquisitions, managed the corporate records for over sixty companies, designed and developed a compliance and ethics program covering over 1500 employees, argued a matter in front of the Alaska Supreme Court, and taught myself web design.
I attended Brigham Young University for my undergraduate degree and attended the University of North Dakota for my law degree.
I believe that everyone has a calling in life. It takes a lot of hard work, prayer, and searching to find that calling. When you do find that calling, your life changes. I’m here to help small business owners fulfill their calling.
I heard someone once say that they look for people who have the heart of a teacher rather than the heart of a salesperson. A teacher serves; whereas a salesman makes sales. The teacher focuses on the customer. The salesman focuses on the sale. My aim is to teach small business owners about the law, legal risks and their options.
I’m a big fan of Alaska. I’ve lived here for over 17 years. My wife was born here. Her grandparents moved here in 1949. I think it’s the greatest place in the world to raise a family. I want to do my part for Alaska. I’ve concluded that the best way to do this is to help Alaska’s local small businesses and their owners achieve their calling in life.
I believe in self-reliance. I believe that our nation was built on the principal of self-reliance. The small business owner is the epitome of self-reliance. Small business are built by people who know the value of hard work, risk, and rewards. Some of my favorite people are small business owners.
I’ve always felt that the legal industry has done a huge disservice to its clients by ignoring design. I asked myself: why are legal forms, contracts, and legal briefs so difficult to understand? Why do lawyers just use text? Couldn’t they include videos, infographics, and graphic design into the documents they produce and the laws they write? There must be a better way to convey difficult legal concepts to non-lawyers?
I study fonts, color theory, typesetting, writing, photography, layout, etc. to find answers to these questions. I’m implementing my conclusions into Vellum.
I don’t know why, but lawyers always seem to be the last group to adopt new technologies. Many lawyers adhere to their old ways at the cost of efficiency. The client often pays for these inefficiencies. I’m at the other end of the spectrum. I love new technology. I keep up with it and adopt it into my practice. For example, Vellum is paperless. This way I don’t have to maintain files, my clients can easily access their information, and I can quickly find what I’m looking for. Vellum is also developing web applications to streamline legal processes. Vellum will always be at the cutting edge of innovation.
Someone once asked me to identify the most important quality of a leader. I said: humility. I’ve worked with many leaders, including CEOs of large corporations. The least effective leaders are those who feel that they must control things. The most effective leaders are those who allow the human spirit to thrive and build trust within those whom they lead. I try to implement this quality in the way I negotiate, the way I draft legal forms, and the way I practice law. This isn’t a matter of weakness. I find that those who are most humble are the strongest.
I have hired Vellum's inside-out legal services for two of my companies and have never been let down. Andrew's attention to detail, timely communication and expert knowledge in Alaska business law has given my small businesses the legal support I want and need for a price that is within my budget! Nothing but praise!
Kristian Pettyjohn | PhotoUp LLC
McCarthy Ventures LLC has been using Vellum as our Legal Department for several years now. We own and operate several hospitality businesses including 2 liquor licenses and 34 staff. The need for expert legal advice is critical for our operations. Having a legal department means having one source for all our legal questions and advice. We can count on contracts, questions, advice and resolutions - basically everything short of litigation - to be handled for one flat rate.
Neil Darish | McCarthy Lodge
"I've really enjoyed using Vellum LLC's Inside-Out Legal Services. It eliminates the need to manage one more thing during my busy day- tracking the amount of time my lawyer spends on projects- and there aren't any surprise bills at the end of the month. Yet I'm still getting competent and thorough insight and explanations month by month on varying small business concerns like payroll, employee management, and optimal company structure. It's been a fantastic experience so far!"
Billy St. Pierre | Pita Pit
I have worked with Andrew for quite a few years and have grown to appreciate his approach both to life and business. I am thankful to have Vellum, LLC in Sundog Media’s corner and for the thoughtful counsel I have received over the years. As an Alaskan company I feel I can count on Vellum’s knowledge and legal expertise to guide us as we strive to build a company that is above reproach.
Joe Law | Sundog Media
Buy or sell a business
When it’s time to sell the business you’ll want to make sure that you get a good deal and that you document things correctly. We represent both buyers and sellers and can help you through this complex process.
$2,000 to $5,000
The better way for Alaska’s small businesses to manage their legal risks. This book is not meant to make you a legal expert. Instead it’s purpose is to make you aware of the laws which every small business owner should know about. Its goal is to help you prevent legal problems from happening.