Corporate Formation

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Corporate Formation in California

To form a corporation in California, certain procedures must be followed. This typically begins with the filing of the “articles of incorporation” with the California Secretary of State. The articles of incorporation consist of the corporate name, corporate purpose, corporate powers, and the corporate duration. To limit liability and enjoy the tax benefits of incorporating, the incorporator must ensure that all procedures are followed and all requirements are met. Once incorporated, the corporation, rather than the shareholders and individuals running the corporation, is liable for corporate activities. The corporate formation attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger are ready to help you form a corporation.

Issuance of Stock

During the corporate formation process, stock may be issued to a number of individuals. These people may be investors or those who promoted the formation of the corporation. You may want to create options for persons to purchase stock in the corporation when stock comes into existence. The corporation might also be considering a public offering of stock to raise capital.
The issuance of stock can be a complicated process that requires registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced corporate formation attorney to ensure that all legal requirements are met. Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger will provide the advice and counsel you need to maintain compliance with the laws governing the issuance of stock.

Board of Directors and Corporate Officers

The board of directors and corporate officers play an important role in how the corporation conducts business. It is crucial to have policies in place that provide guidance on how and what type of business is conducted. Having a clearly detailed outline of authority will reduce or eliminate possible legal issues in the future. Our firm’s corporate formation attorneys will discuss the risks and benefits of granting certain authorities to the board of directors and corporate officers.

Our Corporate Formation Practice

Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger, has extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to corporate formation. The corporate formation attorneys at our firm will provide you with sound legal advice that you can rely on. Our attorneys bring to the table over 60 years of combined legal experience related to corporate formation. You will work one to one with our attorneys who know the law.


If you are forming a corporation contact one of our corporate formation attorneys at (209) 340-1110 or contact us here.


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