Articles of Incorporation Style 43

If you do not use an Articles of Incorporation, the default assumption is that you are a sole proprietor. As an unincorporated business, the law treats you and your business as one entity. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year. The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents. Hi, Yokum, we don't have the cash to hire the lawyers right now–can we do a simple incorporation with only common stocks now, award investors common stock now, and later change the angel investors common stock to preferred stock? Would that be done by holding a board meeting, followed by voting to change the articles of association (and filing an amended articles with the state, with lawyer help), then voting to change the common stock already issued to these 2 investors to preferred? The Secretary of State's office is the central filing office for certain Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens. Filing with our office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy. Bylaws have no effect outside the corporation, but can be introduced into a lawsuit to demonstrate corporate governance was or was not consistent with the applicable bylaws.

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Articles of Incorporation Style 43

The articles of organization must also contain the legal name of the business, which must conform to state parameters generally requiring the inclusion of the phrase “limited liability company” or an appropriate abbreviation thereof. States also usually require the name of the business to be unique. Rocket Lawyer provides information and software only. Rocket Lawyer is not a "lawyer referral service" and does not provide legal advice or participate in any legal representation. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. Use of Rocket Lawyer is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Rocket Lawyer provides information and software only. Rocket Lawyer is not a "lawyer referral service" and does not provide legal advice or participate in any legal representation.

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