How does incorporating work?
Forming a corporation is a smart step for your business. We make it happen smoothly. To get the process started, first decide:
- What type of entity you wish to form
- Which state you wish to form in
- Which incorporation package you prefer
Most states don't require legal representation to form a corporation. But it's a good idea to consult with your attorney or accountant to discuss your options. American Incorporators does not provide legal or financial advice.
Once you've made your decisions, you can begin two ways:
- Incorporate online with our easy to follow instructions
- Let an incorporation specialist take you through the process over the phone
We will need:
- Your contact information
- Name of the company
- State of Formation
- If you are forming a corporation. How many shares of stock
- Names and addresses of the initial directors or members
- Your company's legal address
We will handle everything else!
- We will check the company name for availability
- We will file the certificate of incorporation or formation with the appropriate state
- We will send you your filed document once the process is complete
Ready? Incorporate now or call us at 800.441.5940.
What happens next?
- First, we conduct a thorough search of your proposed name within your chosen state. If a conflict is discovered, we notify you within 24 to 48 hours to request an alternative, if one has not been provided.
- We prepare and file a Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Formation.
- Economy Packages are not expedited. You can expect your documents with the following time frames:
- Delaware: 2-3 business days via email
- Most Other States: 7-20 days via email
- Standard & Premium Packages include state expediting fees (with the exception of CA-additional $350 + name reservation)
- Delaware: 1-2 business days via email. Originals will be mailed
- Most Other States (excluding Al, CA, NM) : 3-7 business days via email. Originals will be mailed.
Get help from a Customer Care Specialist online.
Most states require Corporations or LLCs have a registered agent that will forward legal papers and state tax notices to the company.
We've got you covered. American Incorporators has a nationwide network of registered agents.