• What are the state requirements for company names?

    Naming rules for LLCs are state-dependent. Some words may be prohibited and some words may be required. Required company indicators include the LLC, L.L.C. or Limited Liability Company or variations thereof listed in the LLC Designator dropdown menu.

  • Does this address have to be in the state of formation?

    Of the states that require a business address, only a few states require the business address to be within the state. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If your entry does not satisfy your

  • What is a Registered Agent?

    It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or LLC who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for receiving and

  • Why are P.O. boxes not allowed?

    A Registered Agent is responsible for receiving any legal papers on behalf of the LLC, and often legal documents must be hand delivered to a physical address and accepted by an individual. Therefore, almost all states require that the agent’s address be a

  • Who counts as a "member" of an LLC?

    A member of an LLC is listed in the company’s Articles of Organization and/or in an internal Operating Agreement. Members may include individuals, corporations, other LLCs and foreign entities. Most states also permit “single member” LLCs, those having on

  • Can we add or remove LLC members later?

    LLC members can be added or removed later by a decision of the current members, usually by vote. This should be outlined in the LLC Operating Agreement (the internal governing document). When the business adds or removes members, the business must reflect

  • How many members can an LLC have?

    Most states have no limit on the number of members an LLC can have. Members may include individuals, corporations, other LLCs and foreign entities. Most states also permit “single member” LLCs or those having only one owner.

  • What are the state requirements for company names?

    Naming rules for corporations and other business entities are state-dependent. Some words may be prohibited and some words may be required. For General For Profit Corporations, required company indicators generally include Inc., Corp., Incorporated, or va

  • Does this address have to be in the state of formation?

    Of the states that require a business address, only a few states require the business address to be within the state. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If your entry does not satisfy your

  • What is a Registered Agent?

    It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or Corporation who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for recei

  • Why are P.O. boxes not allowed?

    A Registered Agent is responsible for receiving any legal papers on behalf of the Corporation, and often legal documents must be hand delivered to a physical address and accepted by an individual. Therefore, almost all states require that the agent’s addr

  • How many directors should I have?

    Corporations may have multiple directors. However, generally, states require corporations to have at least one director. Launch by LegalShield performs a preliminary order audit to ensure that specific state requirements are met.

  • What is the incorporator?

    The incorporator is the person who signs the company’s Articles of Incorporation and brings the company into existence. For General For Profit Corporations, in most states Launch by LegalShield acts as the incorporator. For Professional Corporations, Laun

  • Can Launch by LegalShield act as incorporator?

    Launch by LegalShield is able to act as incorporator in most states for General For Profit Corporation filings. However, in a few states − and in all states with regards to Professional Corporations — you must designate an individual to be the incorporato

  • What is an S-Corp?

    An S-Corp is the same as a C-Corp, except for the way it is taxed. An S-Corp is taxed similar to the way a Corporation is taxed, i.e., income taxes are reported and paid by the owners rather than the company itself. There are pros and cons to the S-Corp t

  • Do I need a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) for a DBA?

    Legally, one is required to identify a business with one of two numbers: either a Social Security Number or an EIN (Employer Identification Number). If you are a sole proprietor, your Social Security Number can be used on all of your government forms and

  • What is a DBA?

    DBA stands for “doing business as” and is an official and public registration of a business name. DBAs are also known as Fictitious Names, Fictitious Business Names, Assumed Names, and Trade Names. Essentially, a DBA is the name of a business other than t

  • Do I need to file a DBA?

    DBA registration may be necessary if your company conducts any business under a name other than your own name (for sole proprietors) or its legal name (for state-level entities such as corporations and LLCs). “Conducting business” can include marketing, a

  • Where should I file my DBA?

    DBAs can be filed at the state level and sometimes at the county level depending on the state. Generally, one should file a DBA in the state and/or county in which they are conducting business under the name. In addition, certain jurisdictions require pub

  • What is an example of a DBA?

    For example, if Jane Brown and had a business called “Donuts Unlimited", she would register the business as “Jane Brown". doing business as "Donuts Unlimited". If a corporation was named “ABC ,Inc.,” and wanted to conduct business under the name “Express

  • Does filing a DBA exclude others from using the same name?

    Generally speaking, filing a DBA grants little, if any, exclusivity to use of the name. In many jurisdictions, more than one applicant can file the exact same DBA. The only way to legally ensure exclusive rights to the use of a name is to register a trade

  • Are name checks required for DBA filings?

    Generally, some states allow more than one DBA for the same business name, in which case a name check is not required. However, other states will not file the same DBA for two separate owners – in those states, Launch by LegalShield will perform a name ch

  • Do I need an EIN?

    An EIN is generally required when a company has employees, business operates as a corporation or a partnership. A business files any of these tax returns Employment, Excise or Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A business withholds taxes on income, other than

  • How long will it take to obtain an EIN number?

    Generally, it takes about 3-5 business days to obtain an EIN. Our rush service can obtain an EIN in about 1-2 business days.
In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.

  • What is a Registered Agent?

    It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or LLC who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for receiving and

  • Can an entity act as its own Registered Agent?

    Most businesses choose an independent third party to serve in this important capacity and with good reason. Business matters frequently take essential personnel out of the office. In the absence of a responsible employee, an organization might be at great

  • What purpose does a Registered Agent serve?

    A Registered Agent will act as the representative for accepting Service of Process served upon the company within the jurisdiction of any state where the company conducts business, and will also forward any other official legal and tax correspondence from

  • What is the duration of Registered Agent Service?

    It is an annual service, renewing automatically in the month when service was first initiated. Failure to renew Registered Agent Service may result in an Agent Resignation filing and will ultimately effect good standing with the state(s) where registered

  • What is auto billing?

    For your convenience, Launch by LegalShield will automatically renew your Registered Agent Service annually. Eliminate the worry about remembering to renew your Registered Agent each year. Failure to renew may affect good standing with the state where reg

  • What is the deadline for selecting S Corporation status?

    To qualify as an S Corporation in the present tax year, a “calendar year” corporation must timely file IRS Form 2553 with the IRS. If a corporation was in existence prior to the present tax year, then this filing must be submitted to the IRS on or before:

  • Who should elect S Corporation status?

    Owners who want the limited liability of a corporation and the “pass-through” tax-treatment of a partnership will often make the S Corporation election. In most cases, corporations that would benefit from S Corporation status are those who plan on distrib

  • What are the S Corporation formalities?

    An S Corporation follows the same state formalities as does a C corporation (i.e. filing Articles of Incorporation and paying state fees). However, an S Corporation must make a special tax election under sub-chapter S of the Internal Revenue Code by filin

  • Who is the legal representative?

    The legal representative is the person that will be the official contact person for the IRS. This will be the person the IRS will contact if they need more information or have questions concerning your filing.

  • Why do you need to know my spouse's name?

    This is to establish whether you and your spouse, if you are both shareholders, must be listed separately as shareholders or whether you can be listed together. This is required by the IRS.

  • What does home state mean?

    A corporation or LLC is considered to be domestic only in the state in which it was incorporated. This is considered the entities “home” state.

  • What is a foreign state?

    In all states other than the home state, a company is regarded as a foreign corporation or foreign LLC. Please indicate for which state you want to operate your corporation or LLC as a foreign entity.

  • Why am I being charged for shipping?

    Several shipments are required throughout the process, to obtain signatures and to forward and return signed and filed documents. In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.

  • What if my company does have debts or liabilities?

    Some states require a statement on the dissolution documents declaring whether or not a company has debts and/or liabilities and, if so, if provisions have been made to satisfy such debts/liabilities. In cases where a company does have debts/liabilities,

  • What if my company does have assets?

    Some states require a statement on the dissolution documents declaring whether or not a company has assets and, if so, a statement that such assets have been distributed to the interested parties.

  • What is the effect of a Withdrawal?

    Filing a withdrawal will terminate the corporate existence in that state. It is important to note, however, that in most jurisdictions, the application for withdrawal is not considered complete until all required fees, penalties, and costs have been paid.

  • What if I don't know why my filing date is?

    Generally, information such as filing date and filing number can be found on the original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf

  • What other information can I change by filing an amendment?

    In addition to changing company name or authorized shares, the filing of Articles of Amendment can change the following information if desired: The name and address of the registered agent The principal office address The names and addresses of directors

  • Does amending my name require a name check?

    To make sure that your choice is available, Launch by LegalShield will conduct a preliminary, non-binding, name availability check before submitting your documents to the state office. It is important to note that the name you request is not final until y

  • Why do you need my entity information?

    In order to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the state, we need information such as the type of business entity, the state and date of formation and business name.

  • Where can I find my date of formation or corporate number?

    Generally, the date of formation and Corporate or LLC Charter number can be found on your original Articles of Incorporation.
If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

  • Why am I being charged for shipping?

    Several shipments are required throughout the process, to obtain signatures and to forward and return signed and filed documents. 
In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.

  • Annual Reports Auto Renew

    For your convenience and to avoid any interruption of service, we will automatically renew your Annual Reports Service annually.
By Providing payment information, you agree and consent to the automatic renewal of your Annual Reports Service each year. You

  • What is auto billing?

    For your convenience and to avoid any interruption of service, we will automatically renew your Annual Reports Service annually.
By Providing payment information, you agree and consent to the automatic renewal of your Annual Reports Service each year. You

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    LegalShield has dedicated law firms that employ 1,900 attorneys in 49 states and four provinces in Canada, plus an additional 5,000 referral attorneys. The attorneys have been with their respective law firms for an average of 20 years and have a range of

  • What law firm will provide my legal services?

    LegalShield has arranged for you to have access an accomplished law firm available to handle your legal needs. Law firms have been screened, are monitored daily, and are ready to handle your legal matters with the care and concern you deserve.
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  • Will I work with the same attorney for every legal matter?

    LegalShield takes the selection of our Provider Law Firms very seriously. While you may not work with the same attorney for every legal issue you have, you will work with the same Provider Law Firm, so you can be assured that you are receiving quality ser

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    LegalShield has been providing legal service plans to North American families for over 40 years. Our customers can access legal counsel and advice from qualified lawyers simply by calling a toll-free number. Many other benefits are included, but even at t

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