Online California Corporation Packages

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  $99.00 + state fees $299.00 + state fees
Validate your corporate name
Nolo will perform a name availability search before submitting your formation documents to the state. We ask that you provide two to three name choices for your corporation, in order of preference, and we will use the first one available. Please do a preliminary search of your own—on the California Secretary of State's website at—so you can take the time to think about another name if your first choice is already taken.
Prepare and file your articles of incorporation
Nolo will prepare your articles of incorporation and send them to the Secretary of State. Your corporation will be formed on the date that the Secretary of State receives the document.
Prepare and customize your corporate bylaws

We will prepare corporate bylaws for your corporation and customize them according to your interview answers and the laws of your state. Your bylaws are an important part of your corporate formation. Here's why:

  • They help ensure that courts will respect the shareholders' personal liability protection.
  • They set out rules that govern how major business decisions will be made.
  • They help to avert misunderstandings among the owners over finances and management.
Prepare resolutions for your first meeting of the board of directors

We will prepare a written consent form in lieu of minutes for your first meeting of the board of directors, customized according to your interview answers. The resolutions include:

  • stock issuance, including consideration given for shares
  • election of officers
  • S corporation election (if applicable)
  • authorization of one or more officers to deposit and withdraw funds in a corporate bank account, an important first step in starting your new business.
Prepare investor representation letters
Nolo will create investor representation letters for your shareholders to document qualification for securities exemptions.
Deluxe corporate records binder and seal, personalized
with your corporate name
Nolo's Express Premiere package offers you a beautiful, personalized corporate records book that is foil-stamped with your company name on the spine. The binder includes index tabs, a stock transfer ledger, and 20 personalized stock certificates for your new corporation. The kit also includes a corporate seal for imprinting your corporate name, state, and date of formation on important documents.
Priority rush filing
With Nolo's Priority rush filing, your articles of incorporation will be couriered to the Secretary of State and the Secretary of State will form your corporation and process your paperwork within five to ten business days (up to 15 days when the Secretary of State is experiencing delays), and you'll receive your final corporate documents three to four business days later, by expedited shipping. (Without Priority rush filing, it typically takes between three to four weeks to receive your corporate documents.)
Prepare your IRS application for an employer
identification number (EIN)
If you wish, Nolo will prepare IRS Form SS-4, your application for an employer identification number (the business tax ID number issued by the IRS). We will send your completed SS-4 application to you with your final corporate documents. You will need to sign it and fax it or mail it to the IRS.
Automated error checking
Nolo checks for more than 30 different types of common errors as you progress through our interview. Along with our name availability check, this helps to ensure that your articles of incorporation will be accepted by the Secretary of State and that your corporate bylaws will be generated according to California's laws.
State fees

The Secretary of State charges filing fees to form your corporation. The filing fees are $124 and will be added to your package cost at checkout.

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