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Examples of Articles of Incorporation

What are Articles of Incorporation?

'Articles of Incorporation' act as a charter for your corporation that establishes the existence of your corporation in the state it is registered, and establish basic information about the new corporation. Articles of Incorporation are filed as a single document with the Secretary of State's office (or similar government agency that handles business registration). This document describes the basic indentifying and operating characteristics of your corporation (explained in more detail below). Once this document is filed and approved by the state, the articles of incorporation legally establish the corporation as a fully registered business entity within the state.

What is included in the Articles of Incorporation?

Regardless of the type or size of your business, there is a minimum amount of information that most states require be included in the articles of incorporation. These are:

  • Corporation's name and address(the primary place of business)
  • Your corporate purpose - stated in broad terms such as 'to engage in any lawful activity' so that the corporate business prospects are not limited
  • The name and address of the corporations registered agent, the person responsible and authorized to physically accept delivery of all legal documents including lawsuits for your corporation
  • All Stock information - including the number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue, the value of each share and the designation of the classes of all shares.
  • The articles of corporation will also identify the incorporators of the corporation, those who initiate the incorporation process and are responsible for signing the articles of incorporation before filing with the state. The directors of the new corporation may also be required to sign the articles of incorporation.

Writing the Articles of Incorporation

Whether you prepare the articles of incorporation yourself, or hire a business attorney, the articles of incorporation do not need to be overly complicated or extensive. As long as you have the minimum information outlined in the above bulleted list, your articles of incorporation will most likely be accepted for filing in your state. Most state's Secretary of State's websites will offer pre-printed articles of incorporation forms that your business can fill out in a short time.

Articles of Incorporation Fees and Filing Costs

Once the articles of incorporation are written and signed they are ready to be filed with your state's Secretary of State's office or other similar agency. All states will require a filing fee to file your corporation's articles of incorporation. This fee varies from state to state and ranges anywhere from $35 to $300, depending on the state of incorporation. This fee can vary in some states, for example, if your new company is a non-profit rather than a for-profit corporation.

Get Help

Writing and filing your new corporation's articles of incorporation is an important step for your business's success. You may want to consult an experienced business attorney to ensure that all of your state's legal requirements have been met in the incorporation process.