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Do I need a lawyer to Incorporate in California?

The short answer is no.  The state of California does not legally require a lawyer to form a California Corporationmore...

Do I have to Reserve a Company Name before I Incorporate in California?

You are not legally required to reserve a Company Name for a new California Corporation before you submit your application to Incorporate in California.  more...

What if the California Corporation Name I want is already taken?

If the Name you have chosen for your new California Corporation is already in use by a currently active California Corporation or LLC, and you still want to use that Corporation Name, then you will have to register a DBA Name with the county recorder in each California county in which you want to do business. "DBA" is an abbreviation for "Doing Business As."

In California a DBA Name is called a Fictitious Name.

We verify that the Name you have chose for your new California Corporation is available before we submit your Incorporation filing to the California Secretary of State.  If necessary we can register a Fictitious Name in California for you so that you can open your new California business as quickly as possible.

What do I have to do to Incorporate in California?

8 things you have to do in order to Incorporate in California.
  1. Choose a name for your California Corporation
  2. Select an official address and a Registered Agent for your California Corporation
  3. Choose a Board of Directors for your California Corporation
  4. Decide who will be Officers for your California Corporation
  5. Determine how you want your California Corporation to be taxed
  6. File Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State
  7. Get a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  8. Issue Stock Certificates to the Initial Shareholders

What do I have to do after I form my California Corporation?

6 things you have to do after you Incorporate in California.
  1. Conduct an initial Meeting of the Board of Directors and adopt Corporate Bylaws
  2. Open a Business Bank Account in California for your CA Corporation
  3. Obtain Business Licenses from the cities and counties in which you plan to do business
  4. Hold Meetings of Shareholders and Directors of each year.
  5. File the required California Corporation reports
  6.  Keep proper records of your California Corporation on file

What information do I need in order to Incorporate in California?

In order to Incorporate in California you'll need certain specific information about your new Company including the Corporation name and address; and Registered Agent information.

How long does it take to Incorporate in California?

Processing times for new California Corporation applications vary depending on the work load of the Secretary of State's staff.  We've found that normal processing of new California Articles of Incorporation takes the state around 5-10 business days.  Add 2-3 days for the time period for shipping the final documents by mail.  Choosing our Express Mail option can shave a couple of days off the total processing time for your California LLC.
We are dependent on, and have no control over, the staff and systems of the California Secretary of State.

In our experience 5-10 business days is the time it usually takes the California Secretary of State to process a new California Corporation application. We get your California Corporation application to the CA Secretary of State ASAP. Once it is at the state we have no control over the new California Corporation application process.

Are there any Expedited Processing Options for new CA Corporation Filings?

California processing times for new California Corporation filings can vary depending on the staff work load at the Secretary of State's office. The California Secretary of State offers these expedited options for new California Incorporation filings:
  • $350 - The California Secretary of State will guarantee a 24 hour turn around
  • $750 - The CA Secretary of State will guarantee a response by 4 PM the same day that the application to Form a new Corporation in California was submitted

How much does it cost to Incorporate in California?

The state of California charges $141.00 to Incorporate in CA.  If you choose All Business Documemnts to help you Incorporate in California our processing fees are $125.00.  This includes:
  • Same day processing in of your new California Corporation order
  • CA Name Check and Reservation
  • Prepare Articles of Incorporation
  • File Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State
  • Certified Copies of Articles
  • California Corporation Checklist
  • Priority Mail Delivery
  • Unlimited Customer Support

What is a California Professional Corporation?

Generally, if you are required to obtain some kind of license before you can market your skills in the state of California then you will most likely need to form a California Professional Corporationmore...

California Foreign Corporation Qualification

You want to do business in the state of California but are registered as a Domestic Corporation in another state.  In order to legally conduct business in the state of California you must register with the California Secretary of State as a California Foreign Corporation. more...
For $125 our California Incorporation services include:
 Same day processing   explain
 CA Name Check and Reservation
 Prepare Articles of Incorporation
 File Articles of Incorporation
 Certified Copies of Articles
 CA Corporation Checklist
 Priority Mail Delivery
 Unlimited Customer Support
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  $350 - 24 hours
  $750 - Same day
 Express Mail $25   explain
 S-Corporation Election $30   explain
 Initial Statement of Information $75   explain
 CA Registered Agent $135   explain
 Customized Bylaws $75   explain
 CA Good Standing Certificate $52   explain
 Federal EIN $65   explain
 CA Corporation Kit and Seal $75   explain
 Business License Research $150   explain
Processing fees $125.00
California incorporation fees $141.00
Optional products and services $0.00
Total cost $266.00
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  • We start processing your California Corporation order as soon as it arrives.
  • We get your documents to the California Secretary of State in the quickest possible way.  If we receive your order before noon California time we will submit your California Corporation application to the Secretary of State on the same day we receive it.
  • We guarantee our work.  If you're not satisfied with our California Incorporation services we will refund 100% of your processing fees.
  • We've been helping businesses Incorporate in California for over ten years.  Our A+ BBB rating speaks for itself!

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