When it comes to picking a business name, even the most confident business owner can have doubts about whether a name is really the right fit for the company. As an attorney, CPA, or other licensed business professional, you understand that part of your job includes holding your client’s hand through this process, while also making his decision on easier one. And that’s where we come in.
Attorneys Corporation Service, Inc. can run a name availability check with the Secretary of State and have the results back to you within a few hours. You want to make sure you do not support your client in choosing a business name that is already in use or sounds to similar to an existing name on the records of the Secretary of State or is misleading to the public. Making any one of the mistakes can result in your client’s corporation or LLC not being allowed to use the initial name of their choosing.
How does the name check work? In California, for example, when determining name availability, names are checked only against names of like entities registered with the California Secretary of State (e.g., a proposed corporation name is checked for availability only against other corporation names). Names are not checked against trademark or service mark registrations or against fictitious business names. If your client is interested in ‘Doing Business As’ or a filing a DBAin any of the 50 states, we can also help.
Stationery, signs, websites, etc… should not be designed and no financial commitments should be made until the appropriate formation, registration or change documents are submitted to and filed by the California Secretary of State. You do not want to tell your client to go ahead with something that, in the end, turns out to be not an option.
Attorneys Corporation Service, Inc. will assist you in remaining in good stead with your client by running a quick, accurate name check on all proposed names before you take the next step with your client’s LLC or C-Corp or S-Corp. However, it’s good to remember that merely checking the availability of a name does not reserve your client’s use of the name or confer any rights to it.
Visit us online or give us a call to find out more about our reliable, financially-sensible name availability check services.