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Do I need a lawyer to Incorporate in Illinois?

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

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

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

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

If the Name you have chosen for your new Illinois Corporation is already in use by a currently active Illinois Corporation or LLC, and you still want to use that Corporation Name, then you will have to register a DBA Name with the Illinois Secretary of State.  "DBA" is an abbreviation for "Doing Business As."

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

What do I have to do to Incorporate in Illinois?

8 things you have to do in order to Incorporate in Illinois.
  1. Choose a name for your Illinois Corporation
  2. Select an official address and a Registered Agent for your Illinois Corporation
  3. Choose a Board of Directors for your Illinois Corporation
  4. Decide who will be Officers for your Illinois Corporation
  5. Determine how you want your Illinois Corporation to be taxed
  6. File Articles of Incorporation with the Illinois 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 Illinois Corporation?

6 things you have to do after you Incorporate in Illinois.
  1. Conduct an initial Meeting of the Board of Directors and adopt Corporate Bylaws
  2. Open a Business Bank Account in Illinois for your IL 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 Illinois Corporation reports
  6.  Keep proper records of your Illinois Corporation on file

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

In order to Incorporate in Illinois 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 Illinois?

Processing times for new Illinois Corporation applications vary depending on the work load of the Secretary of State's staff.  We've found that normal processing of new Illinois Articles of Incorporation takes the state around 4 weeks.  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 Illinois LLC.
We are dependent on, and have no control over, the staff and systems of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In our experience 4 weeks is the time it usually takes the Illinois Secretary of State to process a new Illinois Corporation application. We get your Illinois Corporation application to the IL Secretary of State ASAP. Once it is at the state we have no control over the new Illinois Corporation application process.

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

For an additional $150 we can submit your new Corporation filing to the Illinois Secretary of State on the same day that you place your order for guaranteed expedited 24 hours processing.

How much does it cost to Incorporate in Illinois?

The state of Illinois charges $311.25 to Incorporate in IL.  If you choose All Business Documemnts to help you Incorporate in Illinois our processing fees are $125.00.  This includes:
  • Same day processing in of your new Illinois Corporation order
  • IL Name Check and Reservation
  • Prepare Articles of Incorporation
  • File Articles of Incorporation with the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Certified Copies of Articles
  • Illinois Corporation Checklist
  • Priority Mail Delivery
  • Unlimited Customer Support

What is a Illinois Professional Corporation?

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

Illinois Foreign Corporation Qualification

You want to do business in the state of Illinois but are registered as a Domestic Corporation in another state.  In order to legally conduct business in the state of Illinois you must register with the Illinois Secretary of State as an Illinois Foreign Corporation. more...
For $125 our Illinois Incorporation services include:
 Same day processing   explain
 IL Name Check and Reservation
 Prepare Articles of Incorporation
 File Articles of Incorporation
 Certified Copies of Articles
 IL Corporation Checklist
 Priority Mail Delivery
 Unlimited Customer Support
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 Expedited Service $150   explain
 Express Mail $50   explain
 S-Corporation Election $30   explain
 IL Registered Agent $135   explain
 Customized Bylaws $75   explain
 IL Good Standing Certificate $75   explain
 Federal EIN $65   explain
 IL Corporation Kit and Seal $75   explain
 Business License Research $150   explain
Processing fees $125.00
Illinois incorporation fees $311.25
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Total cost $436.25
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  • We start processing your Illinois Corporation order as soon as it arrives.
  • We get your documents to the Illinois Secretary of State in the quickest possible way.  If we receive your order before noon Illinois time we will submit your Illinois 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 Illinois Incorporation services we will refund 100% of your processing fees.
  • We've been helping businesses Incorporate in Illinois for over ten years.  Our A+ BBB rating speaks for itself!

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