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State Guide: Corporation Laws

State Corporation Laws Overview

State laws regulate the manner in which corporations, partnerships, and other business entities are established and structured. Laws governing these different business forms are not the same, especially in areas such as personal liability for business debts and the business's tax obligations.

A lawyer can help you tackle the following important considerations. For instance, California's Business and Professions Code states that a business may not use "Corporation" or "Inc." unless that business entity is in fact incorporated. Generally speaking, corporation laws spell out the rights, responsibilities, and procedures pursuant to a given business structure.

Select a state from the following chart to view its corporations code. See FindLaw's Incorporation and Legal Structures section for additional articles and resources.

Alabama Title 10 Corporations, Partnerships and Associations
Alaska Title 10 Corporations and Associations
Arizona Title 10 Corporations and Associations
Arkansas Title 4, Sub-title 3 Corporations and Associations
California California Corporations Code California Corporations Code
Colorado Title 7 Corporations and Associations
Connecticut Title 33 Corporations
Delaware Title 8 Corporations
District of Columbia Title 29 Corporations
Florida Title XXXVI Business Organizations
Georgia Title 14 Business Corporation Code
Hawaii Title 23 Corporations and Partnerships
Idaho Title 30 Corporations
Illinois Chapter 805 Business Organizations
Indiana Title 23 Business and Other Associations
Iowa Title XII Business Entities
Kansas Chapter 17 Corporations
Kentucky Title XXIII Private Corporations and Associations
Louisiana Title 12 Corporations and Associations
Maine Titles 13 - 13C Corporations
Maryland Corporations and Associations Maryland Corporations and Associations Code
Massachusetts Title XXII Corporations
Michigan Chapter 450 Corporations
Minnesota Chapters 300 thru 319B Corporations
Mississippi Title 79 Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships
Missouri Title XXIII Corporations, Associations and Partnerships
Montana Title 35 Corporations, Partnerships and Associations
Nebraska Sections 21-2001 - 21-20,193 Business Corporation Act
Nevada Title 7 Business Associations; Securities; Commodities
New Hampshire Title XXVII Corporations, Associations, and Proprietors of Common Lands
New Jersey Title 14a New Jersey Business Corporation Act
New Mexico Chapter 53 Corporations
New York Chapter 855 Business Corporation Code
North Carolina Chapter 55 - 55D North Carolina Business Corporation Act
North Dakota Title 10 Corporations
Ohio Title XVII Corporations - Partnerships
Oklahoma Title 18 Corporations
Oregon Title 7 Corporations and Partnerships
Pennsylvania Title 15 Corporations and Business Associations
Rhode Island Title 7 Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships
South Carolina Title 33 Corporations, Partnerships and Associations
South Dakota Title 47 Corporations
Tennessee Title 48 Corporations and Associations
Texas Business Organization Code Business Organization Code
Utah Title 16 Corporations
Vermont Title 11 Corporations, Partnerships and Associations
Virginia Title 13.1 Corporations
Washington Title 23B Washington Business Corporation Act
West Virginia Chapter 31D West Virginia Business Corporation Act
Wisconsin Chapter 180 Business Corporations
Wyoming Title 17 Wyoming Business Corporation Act

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Let an Attorney Help You Comply With Your State's Corporation Laws

Want to learn more about corporation laws or need help incorporating in your state? A good first step is to contact a small business attorney in your jurisdiction. An attorney who specializes in a small business incorporation will be able to guide you through the process. Start today by finding an experienced business attorney near you.

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