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All-States Chart: Entity Naming Requirements for Corporations and LLCs

Corporations and LLCs need to ensure their legal business name complies with state naming rules in the states where they’ll be doing business – otherwise a state might not accept the documents filed to form or qualify the company. 

This all-states chart by CT Corporation's business experts summarizes the many variations among the 50 states and D.C. in the legal business name selection and protection process for LLCs and corporations – including name reservation time frames, name transferability guidelines, and the required (or prohibited) words in the name of a corporation or LLC. With this practical overview, you’ll have a useful, quick-reference summary of how name reservation, renewal, and transferability laws differ by state.

Topics Included

  • Required and prohibited words in naming an LLC or corporation
  • Business name reservation periods for corporations and LLCs
  • Name transferability options for corporations and LLCs

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