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Incorporating a Corporation in Massachusetts

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Massachusetts requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any existing entity, reserved or trade name. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Massachusetts' standards.

Permitted designations: corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations:The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • Cooperative
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Broker
  • Insurance Company
  • Insurance Producer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Turnaround time: 7-10 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations must have no fewer than three directors, unless there are two or fewer shareholders. In such case, there may be one or two directors.

Director qualifications: Directors must be at least 18 years old.

Appearance in articles: Required. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation's principal office may be located outside of the state. Local REgistered Agent is required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Annual reports should be filed two and one half months after the close of the fiscal year.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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