Massachusetts Articles of Incorporation

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Massachusetts articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

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Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. (If you are starting a nonprofit corporation, click here.) Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Provides governance and adds credibility

Fast Facts

We will prepare and file your articles of incorporation as follows:

Agency:Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Form:

Articles of Organization

Filing method:

Mail, fax, in-person, or online

Agency fee:

$275 + optional $25 expedite fee + $100 for each 100,000 authorized shares over 275,000

Turnaround:

~2-3 business days by mail (plus mail time). ~1-3 business days by fax with $25 expedite fee.

Law:

M.G.L. c156D



Why use our Articles of Incorporation service?

We're specialists in incorporation and compliance. We focus solely on corporate compliance, and the state-specific expertise to provide you best-in-industry service at a competitive rate.

A compliance specialists will work with you 1-on-1 to prepare and file your articles of incorporation. You can also rely on your specialist for other services to help you set up and maintain a compliant corporation.

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Other Helpful Massachusetts Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Massachusetts. Your specialist will help you tailor articles of incorporation to your state.


Massachusetts Directors

  • Number: At least three required.
  • Qualifications: Must be a shareholder, unless otherwise in bylaws.
  • Quorum: Statute is silent.

Massachusetts Officers

  • Clerk, Treasurer, and President required.

Massachusetts Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Massachusetts Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Statute is silent.

Massachusetts Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Not required.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.

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