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Incorporation

What does it cost to incorporate and how long might it take?

Timelines and prices vary by state.  To calculate how much incorporating your business will be or to view the estimated timeline, please click Read more...

What is a Registered Agent?

A registered agent is an individual who maintains a physical presence in the state in which you are incorporated.  They receive all important legal Read more...

How can I check the status of my incorporation?

To check the status of your processed incorporation, you will need to e-mail our incorporation processing department at incorporation@rocketlawyer. Read more...

LLC vs. Corporation: What's the Best Legal Structure for your Business?

No matter what sort of business you run, it's a great idea to "make it legal." Whether you are incorporating as an incorporation or forming Read more...

Should I Form an LLC or S-Corp?

Why Choose an LLC? Yearly, more people start LLCs than S-Corps. When considering the LLC vs. S-Corp question, keep in mind that limited liability Read more...

Forming a Limited Liability Company

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) combine the personal liability protection of a corporation with the tax benefits of a partnership.  To learn more Read more...

Incorporate a Business

Incorporation is the process of forming a new business entity and making it recognizable under law..  To incorporate your business and learn more, Read more...

Articles of Incorporation Guidelines

The Articles of Incorporation (also called the 'Certificate of Incorporation', in Delaware) are the primary rules laid out to manage a corporation. Read more...

I ordered my Tax ID (EIN) through Rocket Lawyer, when will I get it?

If you asked for a Tax ID (EIN) through Rocket Lawyer, as a part of your incorporation order, it will be delivered as a part of your finished Read more...

If I cancel my membership is Rocket Lawyer still my Registered Agent?

If your membership includes our Registered Agent service, then cancelling your membership also cancels your Registered Agent service. You can purchase our Read more...

What Documents Do I Need to Incorporate My Business?

Incorporating your business only requires a handful of documents:   1. Request for Reservation of Corporate Name. This form verifies and reserves the Read more...

Who should I speak with if I have questions about or want help with incorporating a new business?

If you have questions regarding incorporating your business, please call our incorporation specialists at (888) 627-1186. You can speak with a Read more...

Forming a Non Profit

A non profit is a corporation or association created to promote and maintain the well-being and greater good of a community, in which profits (or surplus) Read more...

Does Your Business Need an LLC Operating Agreement? LLC Operating Agreement Requirements by State

Though not every state requires your business to have a formal operating agreement, it's recommended that all LLCs have one. Find out which states Read more...

Corporate Kit and Seal

The Corporate Kit is an official binder, with sections for required corporate documents, which you will keep up to date. It does not include those Read more...

If I cancel my free trial does Rocket Lawyer continue with my incorporation?

Yes. Once you submit your incorporation information and pay the state filing fees, we will complete the filing. If you choose to cancel your free trial at Read more...

Incorporating in Delaware or Nevada: What's the Best Option for My Business?

What’s Attractive About Incorporating in Delaware or Nevada? Delaware and Nevada have designed their courts, tax structures, and regulatory climates Read more...

How can I ask questions, make changes, or get updates on my current incorporation order?

Please email all inquiries to incorporation@rocketlawyer.com. When you send the email, please be sure to do so from the email address used to place the Read more...

Sole Proprietorship

A Sole Proprietorship is an unincorporated business owned entirely by one person who is also solely responsible for all of its debts. For these Read more...

What Are the Advantages of incorporating a Property?

There are many advantages to incorporating a property: Limited liability protection If you haven’t incorporated as a business and something Read more...

What Is Limited Liability?

Limited liability refers to the protection of personal assets from business debts. For example, if your company went bankrupt, you would lose your Read more...

What Is a Limited Partnership?

When you're trying to create a Partnership, one of the options you can consider is establishing a Limited Partnership (LP). The Limited Partnership is Read more...

Forming a Doing Business As (“DBA”)

To learn more about DBAs and how to get started, please click here. If you have a question and need to speak with someone directly, please call our Read more...

What is an EIN? How do I get one?

An EIN (Employer Identification Number), or Tax ID number, is the corporate equivalent of a Social Security Number (SSN) and is required of anyone who has Read more...

Which State is Right for You? Where to Incorporate Your Business

Does it really matter where you incorporate your business? Absolutely!  To learn more, please click here. If you have a question and need to Read more...

State Processing Times for Business Entity Filings

After filing for incorporation for your business, you’ll have to wait for the state to process your application. How long? That depends on the state Read more...

Sole Proprietorship vs. Partnership, Which Is Better?

The answer depends primarily on how you plan to structure your business. Sole proprietorships are only available to companies owned by a single individual. Read more...

How Do I Incorporate a Property?

What you’ll want to do first is set up a corporation or LLC; LLCs are the most popular formation for landlords and property owners. To incorporate Read more...

What Is Double Taxation?

Double taxation refers to paying personal taxes on revenue already taxed at the corporate level. The prospect of double taxation daunting, but it is an Read more...

What is a buy-out?

A buy-out allows a member, who has withdrawn from a company, to distribute that member’s ownership percentage.  The first option for a buy-out Read more...

Incorporation Department

If you have a question and need to speak with someone directly, please call our incorporation specialists at (888) 627-1186. We can guide you through Read more...

What Are the Types of Limited Liability Entities?

Limited liability companies (LLCs,) limited liability partnerships (LLPs,) and traditional corporations such as S and C Corps all afford limited liability Read more...

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Sole Proprietorship?

What Is a Sole Proprietorship? A Sole Proprietorship is the default business entity for people who operate a one-person business. No documents are Read more...

What is 501(C)3 and why is it important?

501(C)3 is the section of the IRS tax code that allows for non-profit organizations to get tax exemption. You'll have to fill out IRS Form 1023 to do Read more...

Corporate Taxation: How an S-Corp is taxed

One of the biggest reasons business owners choose S-Corps over C-Corps is tax-related. Simply, S-Corps are generally exempt from federal income tax and, Read more...

I want to do some research before I begin filing, where should I look?

We have several resources to learn about incorporating a business and how our process works. The resources in our Incorporation Center will walk Read more...

How Is a C-Corp is Taxed?

Incorporating your business as a C-Corp allows more flexibility than you’d have as an S-Corp. For starters, you can choose to have several classes Read more...

What date will the LLC Operating Agreement take effect?

The date that the LLC Operating Agreement comes into effect should be after the incorporation is officially formed through the Secretary of State's Read more...

Does Rocket Lawyer offer corporate documents?

Here at Rocket Lawyer, we do offer access to create the documents used to maintain your corporate records such as Corporate Minutes, Corporate  Read more...

Benefits of Keeping Records

Corporate Records allows you to organize business records regarding shareholders, directors, officers, employees, and any other related parties. This Read more...

Does your C-Corp or S-Corp Need to Keep Minutes? Corporate Meeting Minutes Requirements by State

A vast majority of states require your corporation to keep regular meeting minutes. Though these minutes do not need to be filed with the state and can Read more...

Corporate Taxation: How a C-Corp is taxed

Incorporating your business as a C-Corp allows you more flexibility than you'd have as an S-Corp. You can choose to have several classes of Read more...

Choosing a Business Structure

Running your own business is tough work, but the rewards can be great. After all, small business ownership has made more people wealthy than any other Read more...

Benefits of a Non Profit

Non profits offer certain benefits that regular for-profit corporations lack... To learn more, please click here. If you have a question and need to speak Read more...

Benefits of a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid business structure that combines elements of a sole proprietorship or partnership with that of a corporation. Read more...

What Is a Partnership and What Are the Advantages?

A Partnership is a business operated by two or more partners. There is no federal regulation that governs how Partnerships are formed; each state has its Read more...

What Is a Sole Proprietorship and What Are the Advantages?

When you want to run a business on your own, the Sole Proprietorship is a convenient option. You don’t have to do any legal work to set up your Read more...

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Limited Partnership (LP)?

What Are the Benefits for Limited Partners? One of the biggest advantages for a limited partner in the Limited Partnership is the fact that he or she only Read more...

Corporate Bylaws

To create Corporate Bylaws, to define the corporation's structure and specify how the corporation will conduct its affairs, please click here. If you Read more...

Types of Non Profits

A non profit is a type of business structure where the profits of the business are not distributed among the owners and shareholders.  To learn about Read more...

What is an audit?

A financial audit reviews financial information of a given financial system, such as a business or a person’s personal finances.  This is done Read more...

What is profit allocation?

Profit allocation is the distribution of profits to various individuals, such as stockholders, shareholders, or others.  It may also be dispersed to Read more...

What percentage of the individual profit allocation must the Members be paid each year?

Each member of an LLC will receive a yearly profit allocation from the company's total profits.  This profit allocation is held within the Read more...

What percentage ownership should one calculate in an LLC?

Ownership is determined by the amount of capital contributions given to the LLC upon startup.  The total of all percentages should equal 100%.   Read more...