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What to Do if Your Company is Not in Good Standing

One of the most common documents that companies need periodically after they form their entity is a certificate of good standing.

All states offer some form of a certificate of good standing, sometimes called a certificate of status, status certificate, certificate of existence, or certificate of authorization. They are typically issued by the Secretary of State in the state where...
How to Start a Non-Profit

How to Start a Non-Profit

Thinking about starting a non-profit? Non-profits play a pivotal role in our economy and our communities. In fact, according to Urban Center's National Center for Charitable Statistics, the nonprofit sector contributed an estimated $985.4 billion to the US economy in 2015, composing 5.4 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). [source]

In recent years, the non-profit...
how much does it cost to form an llc?

How Much Does it Cost to Form an LLC in Delaware?

When considering the transition from a sole proprietorship to an LLC, many business owners wonder, "What's the cost?" Businesses often have been operating as sole proprietorships for some time before deciding to form an LLC. Concerns about up-front and ongoing costs sometimes keep business owners from doing so.

Let's take a look at what it costs to form a...
how to prove existence of your company

How to Prove the Existence of Your Company

One of the most common questions we receive from clients is, "How do I provide proof that my company exists?" It may seem like a simple question but it's one that causes confusion - and for good reason! The document proving the existence of your company may be called a variety of names dependin...
How Long Does it Take to Get a Certificate of Good Standing?

How Long Does it Take to Get a Certificate of Good Standing?

One of the most common questions we receive regarding any of our products is, "How long will it take?" This is a fair question and one we take seriously. We always hope to provide realistic expectations but intend to deliver your order as quickly as we can.

The good news is that turn around time for a Delaware Certificate of...
certificate of organization vs. articles of incorporation

Articles of Incorporation vs. Certificate of Organization - What's the Difference?

Clients often come to us because they have been asked to provide a document called the "Certificate of Organization". This document is commonly requested by financial institutions during financing or merger related activities. It can also be requested by insurance companies, attorneys, accountants, and more.

This document frequently causes confusion because it has a variety of names, based on the...
types of Delaware partnerships - general partnership vs. limited liability partnership

The Difference Between the Three Types of Partnerships

If you're looking to form a partnership in the state of Delaware, it's important to choose the correct type of partnership for your business needs.

When forming a partnership using our easy online ordering form, you will find that there is a drop down menu with three partnership types to choose from. Let's take a look at each type of...
Series LLCs: Explained

Series LLCs: Explained

What is a Series LLC?

A Delaware series limited liability company is an LLC that essentially acts as an umbrella with other LLC's operating under it.

Series LLCs are a newer entity type and are not available in all states. In fact, Delaware was the first state to make Series LLCs available as an entity type option.

Types of Series LLCs...

how to change the name of an LLC or corporation

How to Change the Name of Your LLC or Corporation

Changing the name of your LLC or corporation can seem overwhelming. If you've been operating with one name for an extended period of time and wish to change the name of your business, you probably have to change the name in a variety of places like your bank, your insurance company, your social media, etc.

But first, you have to...
what does a registered agent do?

What Does a Registered Agent Do?

If you are a Delaware resident and have a Delaware address, you are allowed to act as your own registered agent although there are a few reasons why you may not want to. We discuss this more in our post - Can I Be My Own Registered Agent?

But what does your registered agent actually do? Let's take a look...

can you act as your own Delaware registered agent?

Can You Act as Your Own Registered Agent?

If you are not a Delaware resident and you do not have a physical address to use in the state of Delaware, you cannot act as your own registered agent. That said, if you are a Delaware resident and wish to use your Delaware address, you are legally allowed to act as your own registered agent if ...
llc vs sole proprietorship

LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship

As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest decisions you'll make about starting your own business is whether to act as a sole proprietor or form an LLC. Often businesses have been acting as sole proprietorships for some time before they elect to form an LLC.

We recommend seeking the advice of your tax accountant or attorney if you are unsure...