FAQ


LLC FAQS

 

What are the state requirements for company names?

Naming rules for LLCs are state-dependent. Some words may be prohibited and some words may be required. Required company indicators include the LLC, L.L.C. or Limited Liability Company or variations thereof listed in the LLC Designator dropdown menu.

 

What if I don't want anyone to know the business address?

Many states do not require a business address at all, and many of those that do only require a post office box. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If you are uncomfortable providing a business address at this time, you may leave the fields blank and Launch by LegalShield will contact you if there are any issues.

 

Does this address have to be in the state of formation?

Of the states that require a business address, only a few states require the business address to be within the state. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If your entry does not satisfy your particular state’s filing requirements, Launch by LegalShield will contact you for an acceptable address.

 

What is a Registered Agent?

It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or LLC who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for receiving and forwarding lawsuits and other critical legal and tax documents on behalf of the company.

 

Does the registered agent need to be a member of the LLC?

No, the Registered Agent does not need to be a member of the LLC, but must be an adult individual (or qualified commercial registered agent service), not the LLC itself, with a physical address in the state of filing.

 

Why are P.O. boxes not allowed?

A Registered Agent is responsible for receiving any legal papers on behalf of the LLC, and often legal documents must be hand delivered to a physical address and accepted by an individual. Therefore, almost all states require that the agent’s address be a street address where the agent is physically located during standard business hours.

 

Can the agent be in another state?

No, the registered agent must have a physical address in the state in which you are filing.

 

Who counts as a "member" of an LLC?

A member of an LLC is listed in the company’s Articles of Organization and/or in an internal Operating Agreement. Members may include individuals, corporations, other LLCs and foreign entities. Most states also permit “single member” LLCs, those having only one owner. A member usually contributes financially or otherwise to the company, has voting rights and shares in the profit of the company.

 

Can we add or remove LLC members later?

LLC members can be added or removed later by a decision of the current members, usually by vote. This should be outlined in the LLC Operating Agreement (the internal governing document). When the business adds or removes members, the business must reflect this in the information sent to the state. Some people submit these changes in their annual report, but some submit an Article of Amendment to their Articles of Organization to the state. Launch by LegalShield can file Amendments and Annual Reports for your LLC.

 

How many members can an LLC have?

Most states have no limit on the number of members an LLC can have. Members may include individuals, corporations, other LLCs and foreign entities. Most states also permit “single member” LLCs or those having only one owner.

 

What are the government filing fees?

These are state-dependent required government filing fees that Launch by LegalShield passes directly to the appropriate government agency.


Corporation FAQs

What are the state requirements for company names?

Naming rules for corporations and other business entities are state-dependent. Some words may be prohibited and some words may be required. For General For Profit Corporations, required company indicators generally include Inc., Corp., Incorporated, or variations thereof, as listed in the Designator dropdown menu. For Professional Corporations, different naming rules apply which also vary by state. Launch by LegalShield performs a preliminary name audit to ensure that corporate names meet state requirements.

What if I don’t want anyone to know the business address?

Many states do not require a business address at all, and many of those that do only require a post office box. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If you are uncomfortable providing a business address at this time, you may leave the fields blank and Launch by LegalShield will contact you if there are any issues.

Does this address have to be in the state of formation?

Of the states that require a business address, only a few states require the business address to be within the state. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If your entry does not satisfy your particular state’s filing requirements, Launch by LegalShield will contact you for an acceptable address.

What is a Registered Agent?

It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or Corporation who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for receiving and forwarding lawsuits and other critical legal and tax documents on behalf of the company.

Does the registered agent need to be a principal or owner (e.g. director or officer or shareholder) of the corporation?

No, the Registered Agent does not need to be a principal or owner, but must be an adult individual (or qualified commercial registered agent service), not the corporation itself, with a physical address in the state of filing.

Why are P.O. boxes not allowed?

A Registered Agent is responsible for receiving any legal papers on behalf of the Corporation, and often legal documents must be hand delivered to a physical address and accepted by an individual. Therefore, almost all states require that the agent’s address be a street address where the agent is physically located during standard business hours.

Can the agent be in another state?

No, the registered agent must have a physical address in the state in which you are filing.

How many directors should I have?

Corporations may have multiple directors. However, generally, states require corporations to have at least one director. Launch by LegalShield performs a preliminary order audit to ensure that specific state requirements are met.

What is the incorporator?

The incorporator is the person who signs the company’s Articles of Incorporation and brings the company into existence. For General For Profit Corporations, in most states Launch by LegalShield acts as the incorporator. For Professional Corporations, Launch by LegalShield cannot act as incorporator; therefore, you must provide the incorporator info as requested.

Can Launch by LegalShield act as incorporator?

Launch by LegalShield is able to act as incorporator in most states for General For Profit Corporation filings. However, in a few states − and in all states with regards to Professional Corporations — you must designate an individual to be the incorporator.

What is an S-Corp?

An S-Corp is the same as a C-Corp, except for the way it is taxed. An S-Corp is taxed similar to the way a Corporation is taxed, i.e., income taxes are reported and paid by the owners rather than the company itself. There are pros and cons to the S-Corp tax election, therefore, competent professional tax advice is strongly advised.

What are the government filing fees?

These are state-dependent required government filing fees that Launch by LegalShield passes directly to the appropriate government agency.


DBA FAQS

Do I need a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) for a DBA?

Legally, one is required to identify a business with one of two numbers: either a Social Security Number or an EIN (Employer Identification Number). If you are a sole proprietor, your Social Security Number can be used on all of your government forms and other official documents, but most small business advisors recommend that you apply for an EIN and use that number instead. If you are a corporation, LLC or other state-level entity, you must obtain an EIN because your business is an entirely separate legal entity.

What is a DBA?

DBA stands for “doing business as” and is an official and public registration of a business name. DBAs are also known as Fictitious Names, Fictitious Business Names, Assumed Names, and Trade Names. Essentially, a DBA is the name of a business other than the owner’s name or, in the case of a corporation, a name that is different from the legal or true corporate name as on file with the Secretary of State.

Do I need to file a DBA?

DBA registration may be necessary if your company conducts any business under a name other than your own name (for sole proprietors) or its legal name (for state-level entities such as corporations and LLCs). “Conducting business” can include marketing, advertising, letterhead, business cards, etc., in addition to actual business transactions. Also, banks may require a DBA registration in order to open a business bank account.

Where should I file my DBA?

DBAs can be filed at the state level and sometimes at the county level depending on the state. Generally, one should file a DBA in the state and/or county in which they are conducting business under the name. In addition, certain jurisdictions require publication of a DBA.

What is an example of a DBA?

For example, if Jane Brown and had a business called “Donuts Unlimited,” she would register the business as “Jane Brown, doing business as ‘Donuts Unlimited.'” If a corporation was named “ABC, Inc.,” and wanted to conduct business under the name “Express Cabinets,” they may register the business name as “ABC, Inc., doing business as ‘Express Cabinets.'”

Does a DBA give a company liability protection?

DBAs do not offer liability protection. Typically, companies looking to get limited liability protection form either a corporation or LLC.

Are there any maintenance documents (such as annual reports) to maintain a DBA?

Generally, the only requirement to maintain an active DBA filing is to renew the filing when the expiration date approaches (usually five years, although durations vary by jurisdiction).

Does filing a DBA exclude others from using the same name?

Generally speaking, filing a DBA grants little, if any, exclusivity to use of the name. In many jurisdictions, more than one applicant can file the exact same DBA. The only way to legally ensure exclusive rights to the use of a name is to register a trademark.

Are name checks required for DBA filings?

Generally, some states allow more than one DBA for the same business name, in which case a name check is not required. However, other states will not file the same DBA for two separate owners – in those states, Launch by LegalShield will perform a name check prior to processing documents.


Canadian Corporation FAQS

Do I have to provide three names?

No, you do not have to provide three names. However, the more names you provide, the greater the chance that at least one of the names will be available for filing.

If my first choice is not available, will Launch by LegalShield notify me as to which of the alternate names is available?

Launch by LegalShield will perform the preliminary name check in the order in which you list the names and will automatically draft and file the documents using the first name that is deemed available, which may or may not be your first choice.

What if none of the company names I provide are available?

If none of the provided names are available according to your state, Launch by LegalShield will contact you.

What are the requirements for company names?

Naming rules for corporations and other business entities are province-dependent. Some words may be prohibited and some words may be required. For General For Profit Corporations, required company indicators generally include Inc., Corp., Incorporated, or variations thereof. For Professional Corporations, different naming rules apply which also vary by province. Launch by LegalShield will perform a preliminary name audit to ensure that corporate names meet requirements.

Does this address have to be in the state of formation?

Of the provinces that require a business address, only a few require the business address to be within the province. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If your entry does not satisfy your particular jurisdiction’s filing requirements, Launch by LegalShield will contact you for an acceptable address.

What is the incorporator?

The incorporator is the person who signs the company’s Articles of Incorporation and brings the company into existence. For General For Profit Corporations, in most provinces Launch by LegalShield acts as the incorporator. For Professional Corporations, Launch by LegalShield cannot act as incorporator; therefore, you must provide the incorporator info as requested.

Can Launch by LegalShield act as incorporator?

Launch by LegalShield is able to act as incorporator in some provinces for General For Profit Corporation filings. However, in a few provinces – and in all province with regards to Professional Corporations — you must designate an individual to be the incorporator.

What is an BN used for?

The Business Number can be likened to a social insurance number for a human being, but instead of identifying an individual, it identifies a business entity (the corporation). It is used for tax purposes.

Who should be the signing officer?

The signing officer can be any officer of the corporation.

Is the social insurance number required?

Yes, the social insurance number of the signing officer is required by the CRA.


FEDERAL TAX ID [EIN] FAQs

What is the difference between Launch by LegalShield obtaining the EIN and preparing the EIN?

If you ask Launch by LegalShield to PREPARE your EIN form, we will prepare the IRS form and include the completed form in your final package. Upon receipt, the person designated as the IRS contact must call the IRS to obtain the EIN. If you ask Launch by LegalShield to OBTAIN the EIN, a Launch by LegalShield representative will personally contact the IRS and obtain your EIN.

What is the purpose of an EIN?

An EIN is a federal tax ID number issued by the IRS to identify a business entity (similar to a social security number).

What is the difference between a tax ID and employer ID number? Are they the same as Federal ID number?

An EIN can be referred to by many names including EIN, Tax ID, Employer ID, and Federal ID number. They are just different terms for the same number.

Do I need an EIN?

  • An EIN is generally required when:
  • A company has employees
  • A business operates as a corporation or a partnership
  • A business files any of these tax returns: Employment; Excise; or Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • A business withholds taxes on income, other than wages, paid to a non-resident alien
  • A business has a Keogh plan
  • A business is involved with any of the following types of organizations:
    • Trusts
    • Estates
    • Real estate mortgage investment conduits
    • Farmers’ cooperatives
    • Plan administrators

Why do I have to give you my social security number to do this?

The IRS requires a social security number or a TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) in order to obtain an EIN.

I already have an EIN for my sole proprietorship, do I need a new one for my new LLC/Corp.?

Generally, if a business incorporates then it will need a new EIN. In general, a sole proprietorship will also need a new one if it takes on partners or if a sole proprietor purchases or inherits an existing business.

Can I obtain my EIN now or do I have to wait until after the filing is completed?

Launch by LegalShield does not obtain an EIN until after the corporation or LLC is formed at the state.

Why do I need to wait until I am filed to obtain an EIN?

Waiting until a corporation or LLC is formed ensures that an EIN is not obtained for a business name that may not be available prior to filing.

Why do you need my legal name?

In order to obtain an EIN, the IRS requires that the name provided matches the name for the social security number exactly.

How long will it take to obtain an EIN number?

Generally, it takes about 3-5 business days to obtain an EIN. Our rush service can obtain an EIN in about 1-2 business days.
In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.


Registered Agent FAQs

 

What is a Registered Agent?

It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or LLC who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for receiving and forwarding lawsuits and other critical legal and tax documents on behalf of the company.

 

Can an entity act as its own Registered Agent?

Most businesses choose an independent third party to serve in this important capacity and with good reason. Business matters frequently take essential personnel out of the office. In the absence of a responsible employee, an organization might be at greater risk for a default judgment for failure to answer a complaint within a court-mandated response period. Additionally, the location of a principal office address may change from time to time. The maintenance of a constant registered office eliminates the costly requirement of changing the registered office location of the company with the state each time it relocates. Also, an independent Registered Agent affords an economical level of privacy to avert the need to deal with private process servers and/or the court appointed law enforcement personnel when served in front of employees and clientele at the office or neighbors at home.

 

What purpose does a Registered Agent serve?

A Registered Agent will act as the representative for accepting Service of Process served upon the company within the jurisdiction of any state where the company conducts business, and will also forward any other official legal and tax correspondence from the state.

 

What will happen if my company fails to register or designate and maintain a Registered Agent?

Failing to register and designate a registered agent may foreclose or hinder the company’s ability to legally enter into contracts and gain access to the state courts. Moreover, it may subject the company to monetary, civil, and possibly criminal sanctions. Also, failure to maintain a registered agent may cause your company to fall out of “good standing” within the state. This will subject your license to do business within a state to forfeiture, with monetary penalties assessed to reinstate your company to a “good standing” again.

 

What if I have an existing entity and someone else is currently serving as the registered agent?

If your entity is already in existence with another registered agent on file, in most states a “change-of-agent” filing must be submitted for you to change to another agent.

What is the change of agent filing?

When requesting registered agent services for an existing entity, the state will require a filing that notifies them of this change.

 

What is the duration of Registered Agent Service?

It is an annual service, renewing automatically in the month when service was first initiated. Failure to renew Registered Agent Service may result in an Agent Resignation filing and will ultimately effect good standing with the state(s) where registered to do business.

 

What is auto billing?

For your convenience, Launch by LegalShield will automatically renew your Registered Agent Service annually. Eliminate the worry about remembering to renew your Registered Agent each year. Failure to renew may affect good standing with the state where registered to do business.

 

What is the cancellation policy for Registered Agent Services?

In the event you wish to cancel your Registered Agent Service, you must notify Launch by LegalShield in writing 30 days prior to the beginning of the next renewal term and provide Launch by LegalShield proof of resignation of registered agent.


S-Corp FAQS

 

What is the deadline for selecting S Corporation status?

To qualify as an S Corporation in the present tax year, a “calendar year” corporation must timely file IRS Form 2553 with the IRS. If a corporation was in existence prior to the present tax year, then this filing must be submitted to the IRS on or before: March 15 of the present tax year. If the corporation is a “New Corporation”, then the S Corporation election may be submitted at any time during its tax year so long as the filing is made no later than 75 days after the corporation has begun any of the following activities (whichever is earliest): conducted business as a corporation, acquired assets or issued stock.

 

What is the difference between an S Corporation and a C Corporation?

An S Corporation begins its existence the same way that a C Corporation begins its existence, as a general, for-profit corporation upon filing the Articles of Incorporation at the state level. However, after the corporation has been formed, it may elect S Corporation status by submitting IRS form 2553 to the Internal Revenue Service (in some cases a state filing is required as well). Once this filing is complete, the corporation is taxed like a partnership or sole proprietorship rather than as a separate entity. Thus, the income is “passed-through” to the shareholders for purposes of computing tax liability. Therefore, a shareholder’s individual tax returns will report the income or loss generated by an S-corporation.

 

What factors are required for a corporation to qualify for S Corporation status?

The corporation must:

  1. Be filed as a U.S. corporation.
  2. Maintain only one class of stock.
  3. Maintain a maximum of 100 shareholders.
  4. Be comprised SOLELY of shareholders who are individuals, estates or certain qualified trusts, who consent in writing to the S Corporation election.
  5. NOT have a shareholder who is a non-resident alien.
  6. Failure to observe ANY of the above requirements could revoke S Corporation status at any time.

 

Who should elect S Corporation status?

Owners who want the limited liability of a corporation and the “pass-through” tax-treatment of a partnership will often make the S Corporation election. In most cases, corporations that would benefit from S Corporation status are those who plan on distributing the majority of earnings to its shareholders in the year those earnings are derived. Corporations who plan on retaining earnings for future investments in future tax years often choose the C Corporation because under the S Corporation, earnings will be taxed as if they were distributed to shareholders regardless of whether a distribution actually occurred or whether the corporation retained the earnings for future investment.

 

What are the S Corporation formalities?

An S Corporation follows the same state formalities as does a C corporation (i.e. filing Articles of Incorporation and paying state fees). However, an S Corporation must make a special tax election under sub-chapter S of the Internal Revenue Code by filing IRS Form 2553. In addition, certain states require that the corporation file an S Corporation Election at the state level as well.

 

Who is the legal representative?

The legal representative is the person that will be the official contact person for the IRS. This will be the person the IRS will contact if they need more information or have questions concerning your filing.

 

Do we need to give the address if the phone number is required?

Having contact information that is complete is very helpful to the IRS and will help make sure that there are no problems in filing your documents.

 

Why do you need my social security number?

The IRS requires the social security numbers of all shareholders in order to file the necessary forms to establish an S-Corporation.

 

Do I need to list all shareholders?

You must list all of the shareholders of the corporation. In order to qualify as an S-Corporation there can be no more than 100 shareholders.

 

Why do you need to know my spouse's name?

This is to establish whether you and your spouse, if you are both shareholders, must be listed separately as shareholders or whether you can be listed together. This is required by the IRS.


Corporate Elite Kit FAQS

 

Why do you need my corporate name?

Our Elite Kit includes a hand-held steel embosser (corporate seal) with your company name, and year and state of formation.
In addition, the kit includes a binder and case embossed with your company name.

 

Why do you need the state in which my Corporation was formed?

This figure represents the minimum dollar amount per share at which a corporation may issue shares to shareholders.

This dollar amount does not indicate the market value per share.

Generally, this information can be found on your articles of incorporation.


LLC Elite Kit FAQS

 

Why do you need my LLC name?

Our Elite LLC Kit includes a hand-held steel embosser (company seal) with your company name, and year and state of formation.
In addition, the kit includes a binder and case embossed with your company name.

 

Why do you need the state in which my LLC was formed?

Our Elite kit includes a steel, handheld embosser with your company’s name, state and year of filing.

 

If I have special instructions for my order, where can I put those?

Any special instructions regarding your order can be put in the comments section.


Corporate Seals & Embosser FAQS

 

What is the Corporate Seal/Embosser used for?

Many states require that your corporation comply with the formality of stamping all official documents with your corporate seal.

 

What is included on the Corporate Seal/Embosser

Your corporate embosser will display your company’s name, state of incorporation, and year of formation.

 

What does the Corporate Seal/Embosser look like?

Launch by LegalShield provides you with a customized, hand-held, steel, corporate embosser.


LLC Seals & Embosser FAQS

 

What is the LLC Seal/Embosser used for?

Some states require that entities comply with the formality of stamping all official documents with your corporate seal.

 

What is included on the LLC Seal/Embosser?

Your LLC embosser will display your company’s name, state of incorporation, and year of formation.

 

What does the LLC Seal/Embosser look like?

Launch by LegalShield provides you with a customized, hand-held, steel, LLC embosser.

 

If I have special instructions for my order, where can I put those?

Any special instructions regarding your order can be put in the comments section.


Foreign Qualification FAQS

 

What does home state mean?

A corporation or LLC is considered to be domestic only in the state in which it was incorporated. This is considered the entities “home” state.

 

What is a foreign state?

In all states other than the home state, a company is regarded as a foreign corporation or foreign LLC. Please indicate for which state you want to operate your corporation or LLC as a foreign entity.

 

I do not know my home state entity filing date or filing number. Where can I find this information?

Generally, the entity filing number and the filing date can be found on original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

What will happen if my company fails to register or designate and maintain a Registered Agent?

Failing to register and designate a registered agent may foreclose or hinder the company’s ability to legally enter into contracts and gain access to the state courts. Moreover, it may subject the company to monetary, civil, and possibly criminal sanctions. Also, failure to maintain a registered agent may cause your company to fall out of “good standing” within the state. This will subject your license to do business within a state to forfeiture, with monetary penalties assessed to reinstate your company to a “good standing” again.

 

Why choose Launch by LegalShield for Registered Agent Service?

Launch by LegalShield will receive and forward official state and federal correspondence as well as state franchise, tax returns or annual reports when received on your behalf.

 

Why am I being asked for the LLC member/manager information?

In order to file for foreign qualification for an LLC, some states require the names, titles and addresses of the current members (or managers for manager-managed LLCs) on the documents.

 

What does the standard state filing fee mean?

These are state-dependent government filing fees that Launch by LegalShield passes directly to the appropriate government agency.

 

What is the Launch by LegalShield Rush Service?

This is the quickest way to get your documents. With Launch by LegalShield’s Rush Service, your order will be placed in priority processing.

 

Why am I being charged for shipping?

Several shipments are required throughout the process, to obtain signatures and to forward and return signed and filed documents. In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.


Dissolution FAQS

 

How do I officially dissolve, cancel, or terminate my Corporation/LLC?

To end the existence of a corporation or LLC, an entity must file Articles of Dissolution or other form of dissolution or cancellation documents with the Secretary of State. Requirements vary by jurisdiction. In some states, a simple certificate must be filed; in others, tax clearances and other preliminary procedures must be carried out.

 

I do not know my entity filing date or filing number. Where can I find this information?

Generally, the entity filing number and the filing date can be found on original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

What if my company does have debts or liabilities?

Some states require a statement on the dissolution documents declaring whether or not a company has debts and/or liabilities and, if so, if provisions have been made to satisfy such debts/liabilities. In cases where a company does have debts/liabilities, whether satisfied or not, some states may have additional legal requirements upon dissolution.

 

What if my company does have assets?

Some states require a statement on the dissolution documents declaring whether or not a company has assets and, if so, a statement that such assets have been distributed to the interested parties.


Withdrawal FAQS

 

What do I file if I cease doing business in a particular jurisdiction?

Where a Corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) has previously filed as a foreign entity in a certain state and is no longer conducting business activities within that state, the entity must file an Application for Certificate of Withdrawal to ensure it will have no further obligations to that state.

 

What is the effect of a Withdrawal?

Filing a withdrawal will terminate the corporate existence in that state. It is important to note, however, that in most jurisdictions, the application for withdrawal is not considered complete until all required fees, penalties, and costs have been paid.

 

Why do you require my registered agent information for a withdrawal?

Generally, the secretary of state requires listing the current registered agent information on the paperwork for the withdrawal.

 

What is the post withdrawal forwarding address used for?

Depending on the state, the Secretary of State may require an address where official correspondence can be forwarded after the withdrawal.


Reinstatement FAQS

 

What if my corporation falls out of good standing or is involuntarily dissolved?

In the event that your corporation or LLC falls out of good standing or is involuntarily dissolved, most states will require that the entity file a Reinstatement to restore to active status and good standing. To ensure that your corporation or LLC is in full compliance with its corporate formalities and is restored to active status and good standing, we can prepare your Reinstatement documents for your review and submission to the appropriate state agency for any of the 50 states.

 

What if I don't know why my filing date is?

Generally, information such as filing date and filing number can be found on the original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

What will happen if my company fails to register or designate and maintain a Registered Agent?

Failing to register and designate a registered agent may foreclose or hinder the company’s ability to legally enter into contracts and gain access to the state courts. Moreover, it may subject the company to monetary, civil, and possibly criminal sanctions. Also, failure to maintain a registered agent may cause your company to fall out of “good standing” within the state. This will subject your license to do business within a state to forfeiture, with monetary penalties assessed to reinstate your company to a “good standing” again.


Amendments FAQS

 

What if I want to change the name of my company?

The only way to change the legal name of a state-level entity such as a corporation or LLC is to file an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation/Organization.

 

How do I change the number, class, or par value, of shares that my corporation is authorized to issue?

In most states, the only way to change authorized share information is to file an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation.

 

What other information can I change by filing an amendment?

In addition to changing company name or authorized shares, the filing of Articles of Amendment can change the following information if desired:

  • The name and address of the registered agent
  • The principal office address
  • The names and addresses of directors or members
  • The description of business activities
  • Any other information included in the Articles of Incorporation/Organization

 

I do not know my entity filing date or filing number. Where can I find this information?

Generally, the entity filing number and the filing date can be found our original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

Does amending my name require a name check?

To make sure that your choice is available, Launch by LegalShield will conduct a preliminary, non-binding, name availability check before submitting your documents to the state office. It is important to note that the name you request is not final until your state officials approve. Never rely on a corporate name check until after you have received a copy of your amendment stamped with the state’s approval.


Good Standing FAQS

 

Why do you need my entity information?

In order to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the state, we need information such as the type of business entity, the state and date of formation and business name.

 

Where can I find my date of formation or corporate number?

Generally, the date of formation and Corporate or LLC Charter number can be found on your original Articles of Incorporation.
If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

What does the standard state filing fee mean?

These are state-dependent government filing fees that Launch by LegalShield passes directly to the appropriate government agency.

 

What is the Launch by LegalShield Rush Service?

This is the quickest way to get your documents.

With Launch by LegalShield’s Rush Service, your order will be placed in priority processing.

 

Why am I being charged for shipping?

Several shipments are required throughout the process, to obtain signatures and to forward and return signed and filed documents.


In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.

 

If I have special instructions for my order, where can I put those?

Any special instructions regarding your order can be put in the comments section.


Certified Copies FAQS

 

What are Certified Copies of Documents?

Certified Copies are copies of any document that an entity has filed with the state, which are then officially certified by that state. “Certified Copies” are different from “Plain Copies” in that the certification is an official state-issued certificate verifying that the document referenced therein is a true and correct copy of the original document that was filed.

 

What is the most common type of Certified Document?

The most common request is for Articles of Incorporation and All Amendments.

Other types of documents for which requests for certification are frequently received include:

  • Formations
  • Amendments
  • Certificates of authority (qualification documents)
  • Dissolutions

 

What does the standard state filing fee mean?

These are state-dependent government filing fees that Launch by LegalShield passes directly to the appropriate government agency.

 

What is the Launch by LegalShield Rush Service?

This is the quickest way to get your documents.

With Launch by LegalShield’s Rush Service, your order will be placed in priority processing.

 

Why am I being charged for shipping?

Several shipments are required throughout the process, to obtain signatures and to forward and return signed and filed documents.

In addition, all shipments are via priority shipping, for tracking purposes.


Annual Report FAQS

 

When should I file my Annual Report or Statement of Information?

Many states require that annual reports be filed on each anniversary of the corporation or LLC or by some other specific date each year (such as April 15). The applicable filing period for annual reports is typically the calendar month during which the entity was filed. Failure to timely file the appropriate annual or biennial records could result in a penalty. Keep in mind that the filing times and requirements are not the same for every state, and you should confirm with the state in which you are incorporated. Please note that by using our service, Launch by LegalShield will automatically check the due dates for annual reports.

 

Why type of information might appear on the Annual Report or Statement of Information?

Information required on annual reports generally includes the following:

  1. The name and address of the current agent for service of process (i.e., the “Registered Agent” or “Resident Agent”);
  2. The corporation’s principal business address
  3. The names and addresses of the officers, directors, or members; and
  4. A description of the business activities being conducted. In addition, many states will require information on share issuance, assets, and property.

 

What if I am not actually conducting any business with my corporation or LLC? Do I have to be actively engaged in business to file an Annual Report?

Actually, corporations and LLCs are required to file these annual reports even if they are not actively engaged in business at the time a report is due.

 

Do I have to file an Annual Report in states where my company is filed as a foreign entity, or only in my home state?

Foreign Corporations and LLCs usually have the same annual obligations to the state as domestic entities. Therefore, a corporation or LLC will generally be required to file an Annual Report with any state in which it is registered as a foreign entity, in addition to any annual filings required by the corporation or LLC’s home state.

 

I do not know my entity filing date or filing number. Where can I find this information?

Generally, the entity filing number and the filing date can be found our original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

Annual Reports Auto Renew

For your convenience and to avoid any interruption of service, we will automatically renew your Annual Reports Service annually.
By Providing payment information, you agree and consent to the automatic renewal of your Annual Reports Service each year. You are also authorizing Launch by LegalShield to bill your credit card for this service each year. If you choose to cancel your Annual Reports Service and discontinue automatic annual billing, Launch by LegalShield must receive your written notice of cancellation at least 30 days before the next renewal term.

 

What is auto billing?

For your convenience and to avoid any interruption of service, we will automatically renew your Annual Reports Service annually.
By Providing payment information, you agree and consent to the automatic renewal of your Annual Reports Service each year. You are also authorizing Launch by LegalShield to bill your credit card for this service each year. If you choose to cancel your Annual Reports Service and discontinue automatic annual billing, Launch by LegalShield must receive your written notice of cancellation at least 30 days before the next renewal term.

 

What is the cancellation policy for Annual Report Services?

In the event, you wish to cancel your Annual Report Service, you must notify Launch by LegalShield in writing 30 days prior to the beginning of the next renewal term.


Maintain My Biz FAQS

 

What is Maintain My Biz?

Maintain My Biz allows the customer 4 prepaid filings each year. The customer can select from the following services: Initial/Annual reports, EINs, S-Corp elections, Corporate Seals, Corporate kits, Amendments, Stock/Member certificates, Minutes/Bylaws/Operating Agreements, DBAs, Foreign Qualifications, Certified Copies of Documents, Apostilles, Dissolutions and Reinstatements. The customer may choose 4 of these services throughout the year however please note that shipping, state and publication fees are not included in the yearly service fee.

 

Why do you need my entity information?

In order to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the state, we need information such as the type of business entity, the state and date of formation and business name.

 

I do not know my entity filing date or filing number. Where can I find this information?

Generally, the entity filing number and the filing date can be found our original articles of incorporation/organization. If you are unable to locate your formation documents, we will research the state database to obtain the number on your behalf.

 

What is the cost for the Maintain My Biz?

The cost of Maintain My Biz is $250 per year. For the customer’s convenience and to avoid any interruption of service, we will automatically renew the service annually.

 

What is auto billing?

For your convenience, Launch by LegalShield will automatically renew your MaintainMyBiz Service annually. Eliminate the worry about remembering to renew your Maintain My Biz Service each year.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

In the event, you wish to cancel your Maintain My Biz Service, you must notify Launch by LegalShield in writing 30 days prior to the beginning of the next renewal term.

 

Maintain My Biz Auto Renew

MaintainMyBiz allows the customer four prepaid filings each year. The customer can select from the following services: initial/annual reports, S-Corp elections, corporate seals, amendments, stock/member certificates, minutes/bylaws/operating agreements, DBAs, foreign qualifications, certified copies of documents, apostilles, dissolutions and reinstatements. The customer may choose 4 of these services throughout the year however please note that shipping, state and publication fees are not included in the yearly service fee.For your convenience and to avoid any interruption of service, we will automatically renew your MaintainMyBiz Service annually.


By providing payment information, you agree and consent to the automatic renewal of your MaintainMyBiz Service each year. You are also authorizing Launch by LegalShield to bill your credit card for this service each year. If you choose to cancel your Maintain My Biz Service and discontinue automatic annual billing, Launch by LegalShield must receive your written notice of cancellation at least 30 days before the next renewal term.

 

Legal Plan FAQS

 

How do I gain access to my legal plan benefits?

After you have signed up for a LegalShield legal plan, you will receive a welcome email. It will contain the instructions to login to your MyLegalShield member account and download the MyLegalShield mobile app. You will also receive your member ID card in the mail.

 

How can I pay for my membership?

Monthly credit card

 

What is a Provider Law Firm?

LegalShield has dedicated law firms that employ 1,900 attorneys in 49 states and four provinces in Canada, plus an additional 5,000 referral attorneys. The attorneys have been with their respective law firms for an average of 20 years and have a range of experience.

 

What law firm will provide my legal services?

LegalShield has arranged for you to have access an accomplished law firm available to handle your legal needs. Law firms have been screened, are monitored daily, and are ready to handle your legal matters with the care and concern you deserve.
Click here to find out more about LegalShield Provider Law Firms.

How do I contact my Provider Law Firm?

Members can call their law firm right from the MyLegalShield mobile app.

 

Will I work with the same attorney for every legal matter?

LegalShield takes the selection of our Provider Law Firms very seriously. While you may not work with the same attorney for every legal issue you have, you will work with the same Provider Law Firm, so you can be assured that you are receiving quality service with any of their attorneys.

 

What happens if my legal issue falls outside of my covered benefits?

You may continue to use your Provider Attorney for legal situations that extend beyond plan coverage. The additional services are at least 25% off the law firm's standard hourly rates. Your Provider Attorney will let you know when the discount applies, and go over these fees with you.

 

LegalShield FAQS

 

What is LegalShield?

LegalShield has been providing legal service plans to North American families for over 40 years. Our customers can access legal counsel and advice from qualified lawyers simply by calling a toll-free number. Many other benefits are included, but even at the most basic level our plans allow you to have peace of mind.

LegalShield Membership FAQS

 

What is covered under a LegalShield legal plan?

Access a variety of legal services including: advice on unlimited issues, attorney letters or calls made on your behalf, contract and document review (up to 15 pages each) and more. Review a plan contract for complete terms, coverage, amounts, conditions and exclusions.

 

How can I save money with a LegalShield membership?

The membership fee is significantly less than paying the standard hourly rate at a traditional law firm.  Also, instead of ignoring a situation where you've been wronged, you can affordably and easily consult a lawyer.

 

How can LegalShield offer such a low monthly fee?

They harness the power of collective buying.  Thanks to the company's large membership base, LegalShield is able to collectively pool its low membership fees together to partner with law firms in their high-quality, proprietary network across the United States and Canada.

 

Does my LegalShield membership cover Wills?

Yes, your LegalShield membership covers Wills for you and your family.

This website gives a general overview of LegalShield’s legal plan coverage. The benefits and prices described are not available in all states and Canadian provinces. See specific details on terms, coverage, pricing, conditions and exclusions by selecting your state or province in the cart.

LegalShield provides access to legal services offered by a network of provider law firms to LegalShield members and their covered family members through membership based subscription. Neither LegalShield nor its officers, employees or sales associates directly or indirectly provide legal services, representation or advice.

LegalShield works with partners and affiliates whose websites are linked with LegalShield and controlled by parties other than LegalShield (each a "Third-Party Site"). LegalShield is not responsible for and does not endorse the availability, contents, products, services, or use of any Third-Party Site, any website accessed from a Third-Party Site and does not guarantee the content or quality of the products or services provided by Third-Party Sites. If you have purchased a package that includes a Third-Party Service, the third party may contact you by email or phone with instructions on how to access your benefits, and you may be required to accept additional terms that are located on the Third-Party Site.