Massachusetts LLC and Massachusetts Corporation
Filed with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Corporations Division
Massachusetts Corporation Names
The Massachusetts Corporation name must include the word or an abbreviation of a word that indicates that the named entity is a corporation. Examples of a corporate name ending include “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Company,” or “Limited.” The name cannot state or imply that the corporation is formed for a purpose other than what is permitted in the articles of incorporation. Also, the name cannot be the same or deceptively similar to any active domestic or foreign corporation or LLC filed with the state.
Massachusetts Limited Liability Company (LLC) Names
The Massachusetts Limited Liability Company (Massachusetts LLC) must use the term “Limited Liability Company”, “LLC” or “L.L.C.” The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” And the word “Company” as “Co.” The name cannot state or imply that the LLC is formed for a purpose other than what is permitted in the articles of organization. Also, the name cannot be the same or deceptively similar to any active domestic or foreign corporation or LLC filed with the state.
A corporation must maintain a registered agent at all times to accept any important service of process from the state. The registered agent must be located and available during regular business hours at a legal address within the state. Massachusetts prohibits the use of a P.O. Box as your registered agent’s address.
- Minimum Number – Not less than three, unless there are only one or two shareholders of record; then the number of directors may be less than three but not less than the number of shareholders.
- State Residence Requirements – None.
- Age Requirements – None.
- Directors are required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.
Officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.
The number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue and any required description of additional share classes or series.
The articles of organization, bylaws, minutes of shareholders’ meetings, and the stock transfer ledger must be kept at the principal office of the corporation, corporate clerk office, or registered agent office.
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