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Having an LLC is often preferable to an S corp, for a number of reasons, but primarily because of the fact that it's less "formal" than a corporation. He would be taxed the same, and have the same liability protections, but a corporation has more "formalities" that have to be complied with than an LLC, and if those formalities are not followed, then it's possible that a creditor could "pierce the corporate veil" and be able to get to his personal assets.
So in short, if I were starting up a single member business, I would use an LLC structure, particularly in light of using contractors (having contractors means a lot of potential creditors) and operating that through an LLC would mean that his liability would be minimized as well as any potential for "piercing the veil" of the LLC.
The documents that you would be looking for would be the LLC documents, plus the filing services.
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