Can you incorporate nationally?

One of the FAQ on corporations on the website of New York’s Department of State reads:

Question:

Can I incorporate nationally?

Answer:

No. There is no mechanism in the United States to incorporate on the federal level. A company interested in incorporating (or forming a partnership or limited liability entity) must contact each state’s licensing authority individually.

It would have never occurred to me that this is a "frequently asked question."  It does make perfect sense to ask, though.

As an attorney, or any professional for that matter, you sometimes have
to step back and realize that you cannot take knowledge for granted. 
Never stop explaining.  Always encourage questions.

For more FAQs on corporations, click here.

About Imke Ratschko


Imke Ratschko is a New York Attorney helping small businesses, business owners and entrepreneurs with all things "Small Business Law," such as litigation, contracts, business owner disputes, shareholder and operating agreements, sale or purchase of a business, investors, and starting a business. You can reach her at 212.253.1027.

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