What Are The Requirements In Establishing a Corporation?
by: Jinky C. Mesias
A corporation is the biggest type of business entity. So how does one creates one of these giants? But first it is important to define the term CORPORATION- a corporation is an artificial legal entity which is chartered by a state and formed to conduct business. A corporation is completely a distinct and separate entity from its owners, it has its own life and can be held liable for any debts that it may incur. A corporation is also required by law to pay its own taxes.
Every state has their own General Corporation Law or Business Corporation Law that permits practically anyone to acquire a charter in order to conduct a business. The mechanics involve in the creation of a corporation is termed as Articles of Incorporation and there is also a fee to be paid. The start of creating a corporation is with the filing of the Article of Incorporation and then the payment of the required fee to the state office or the office of the Corporation Commissioner. This process is common to the standard type of corporation however the same process occurs in both the limited liability company and the limited liability partnership since many of their offered benefits are the same as those of the traditional corporation.
The Articles of Incorporation are vital components of a corporation and therefore requires for the assistance or the presence of a counsel. The specific content of a certificate of incorporation differs from state to state. Nevertheless, the basic features are the same in all states and these are as follows: the corporation’s name, the number of shares authorized, the names and addresses of the incorporator/s and also included is the address of a registered office and agent for service of process.
When it comes to the filing there are different approaches that can be employed to hasten the processing. Some people make use of interactive software programs that can help quicken the filing process and then there’s the convenient tear-out form available in most guides to incorporating. There are also the easy to fill-in-the-blank forms that can be found in state offices. Incorporators may also seek the assistance of a corporate service company to help them in creating the corporation for them but of course within their set standards. Incorporators may also hire a corporate attorney to help them set up their corporation.
The creation of a corporation does not complete the entire part of the process of setting up a business. There are still some requirements that have to be satisfied and the hiring of an attorney to help in the creation of the corporation is by far the wisest decision that any incorporator may implement. The great thing about having an attorney to help in the creation of a corporation is that all the by-laws and resolutions as well as all the other legalities involved are correctly done. Not only that, incorporators are assured that all their rights and benefits are protected when the time comes for them to operate their business.
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This article was posted on September 02, 2005