You are not required to hire an attorney, but an attorney can help you work through the organizational phases of creating a company. Below are a few items which will need some thought when creating a company. The Secretary of State's Office cannot help you with decisions involving the organization or in creating the fundamental governing documents of the company.
Get a Federal and State Tax Id NumberGet Started
Hold an Organizational MeetingGet Started
Do you Need Licenses or Permits?Get Started
Set up an accurate bookkeeping systemGet Started
Decide if you are going to have employeesGet Started
If a nonprofit, will you be soliciting funds?
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