How to Start a Corporation in California

How to Start a Corporation in California

You’ve decided to start a new business in the state of California. You’ve done the research on various business structures and corporation seems to be a good fit.

While you should absolutely reach out to an experienced corporate attorney such as myself at sam@mollaeilaw.com to ensure corporation is the right choice, the next step is simple.

How Do You Form a Corporation in California?

If you follow my ten-step process, it isn’t too hard!

 

1. Select Your Corporate Name

The name of your corporation needs to be unique to other businesses already established in the state of California.

California Secretary of State and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office are great resources for checking the availability on potential business names.

It is also important that your business name isn’t misleading. It needs to make sense for what the business actually is.

You can also do a free preliminary check by mailing a Name Availability Inquiry Letter to the California Secretary of State’s office. Keep in mind,