North Carolina Secretary of State
by Dr. John Luton
Serving the Business Needs of North Carolina
Looking for an efficient way to incorporate your business without having to wade through a mountain of red tape? The Office of the North Carolina Secretary of State can help. They’ll help you decide whether incorporation is your best move or whether one of their other business services would be better for your specific situation.
A lot of people in our state don’t realize how many services are provided by the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State. Following are just a few services that are overseen by the North Carolina Secretary of State and staff of the department’s divisional offices:
Incorporation – If you’re interested in incorporating your business, the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State provides all the information you need to complete the process. Forms are provided online and help is available in case you need it. All fees are also clearly shown so you know what you can expect to pay right up front, without any hidden surprises.
LLC formation and Limited Partnerships – Maybe you’d like to form a Limited Liability Corporation or a Limited Partnership. Once again, you can get all the necessary forms online through the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State. An LLC has certain provisions that distinguish it from other corporation designations. Similarly, a Limited Partnership affords business partners special legal rights and obligations that differ from regular partnership agreements. Choosing the right designation can greatly affect the status of your business with regard to both liability and taxes. As always, the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State stands ready to assist you.
Documentation for Businesses and other Organizations – Proper documentation for all aspects of a business is an important part of developing a legally sound organizational structure. The office of the North Carolina Secretary of State provides online forms for those doing business in the state of North Carolina. Whether you need to file an Article of Incorporation, Articles of Organization or Dissolution, or you want to check the availability of a name for your corporation, you’ll find the necessary forms to secure a legal business basis.
North Carolina Secretary of State – The North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine F. Marshall, and her staff, work hard to carry out their mission statement:
“To serve and protect citizens, the business community and governmental agencies by facilitating business activities, by providing accurate and timely information and by preserving documents and records.”
Individuals who use the services of the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State will attest to the department’s success in achieving its objectives.
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