California Corporations Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed June 20, 2016
Deciding whether or not to incorporate a business is often a question for companies with hopes of becoming the next big thing. California corporations laws allow businesses to incorporate within the Golden State if they properly follow the requirements set out by the Secretary of State. This is a quick summary of the corporate laws in California.
Weighing the Benefits of Incorporation Under California Corporations Laws
There are several pros and cons of incorporating a business under California law. Making sure that the pros outweigh the cons is an essential process before spending the initial money to incorporate your company. If incorporation is right for your company, the next step is checking the availability of the business name that you wish to use.
The following table outlines the specifics of California corporations laws.
California Code - Division 1: General Corporation Law
One or more natural persons, partnerships, associations or corporations may form a corporation under California corporate laws by executing and filing articles of incorporation. If initial directors are named in the articles, each director named in the articles must sign and acknowledge the articles
Articles of Incorporation
The articles of incorporation must set forth:
The name of the corporation must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited" or an abbreviation of one of those words.
The purpose is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under California corporations laws. Also, the purpose of the corporation can be to engage in a profession permitted to be incorporated by the California Corporations Code.
In order to file forms with the secretary of state, incorporators must pay filing fees. These fees are posted online and are subject to change.
Incorporating your business can be an exciting step for a growing company. However, it is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure that your paperwork is properly filed with the state. If you would like legal assistance with forming a corporation, you can contact a California business organization attorney. You can also visit FindLaw's sections on corporate laws for more articles and information on this topic.
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