What are Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation, and Why Do I Need Them?

The articles of organization (for a limited liability company) or articles of incorporation (for a corporation) is a document filed with the state government in order to formally create the business entity. The articles include such information as the name of the company, its street address, its agent for service of process, and the type and amount of units (for a limited liability company) or stock (for a corporation) the company is issuing. The only way to start a new limited liability company or corporation is to submit articles to the state. After the articles have been accepted and filed by the state, the entity must file an annual report with the state each year in order to remain in good standing.

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