Phoenix Incorporation Lawyer
Dedicated and Diligent Attorney Counseling Phoenix Businesses
Once you have decided that you would like to form a corporation, you must incorporate your business according to set instructions provided by the Arizona Corporation Commission before you can operate. This includes ensuring that your proposed name is not copyrighted or trademarked, drafting and then filing pertinent paperwork, and assigning individuals to specific roles. The viability of your business is undoubtedly important to you. You want to get everything right so that you can begin operating as soon as possible. You need someone who will give your business individualized attention and consideration. A skilled business law attorney well-versed in business formation, incorporation, trademark and copyright law, and business disputes can guide you through the incorporation process in Arizona, as well as any issues that may arise.
Monahan Law Firm, PLC is dedicated to assisting Arizona residents with realizing their dream of starting their own business. We understand how complex and exhausting the process of opening your own business can be. We are here to handle all aspects of incorporation so that you can focus on what’s important, like building products, finding distributors and retailers, hiring employees, and crafting marketing strategy.
How to Incorporate in Arizona
Incorporation in Arizona is more than simply filling out a form. A long list of steps must be performed before the Arizona Corporation Commission will give you the green light. These include:
- Determining who will be responsible for what: Who will be running your company, and what will their job titles be? Incorporation requires names and mailing addresses (usually the office address) for all incorporators and directors. You must also designate a registered agent, such as yourself or your attorney, to accept legal documents on behalf of the company.
- Naming your company: Every company needs a name, but Arizona and federal trademark and copyright laws dictate limitations on naming organizations based on the rights of pre-existing businesses. You need to first check to see if another company is already using your name. If not, you should file for protection to prevent someone else from stealing your name in the future. If you don’t, your brand may be damaged. In addition, your incorporated entity must contain one of the following words: “corporation,” “company,” “incorporated,” “association,” or “limited.”
- Draft Articles of Incorporation/Organization: Depending on the entity structure, your Articles of Incorporation/Organization must be submitted. They include, for instance, names and contact information of owners, the purpose of your business, classes and series of stock (if any), and more.
- Fill out a cover sheet: This simple document can be found on the Arizona Corporation Commission website.
- Complete a Certificate of Disclosure: You may need to disclose negative information about the directors of your company, including bankruptcies and criminal convictions.
- Pay fees and taxes: An incorporation fee must be paid to the Commission. You are also required to pay annual state and federal taxes.
- Publish your Articles of Incorporation: Once the Commission has approved your application, you are then required to publish your Articles of Incorporation for three rounds of publication in a local newspaper. Once completed, you can then file an Affidavit of Publication, and you are now ready to open!
Guiding Phoenix Businesses through Incorporation
Monahan Law Firm, PLC counsels businesses throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, and all of Maricopa County. For assistance with business incorporation, call Monahan Law Firm’s Phoenix office today at (623) 385-3190.