Michigan Articles of Incorporation

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Michigan 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:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing - Corporations Division
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$60 for up to 60,000 authorized shares + optional $50-1,000 expedite service

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

284 MCL

Notes:

Submit one original of this document. Upon filing, the document will be added to the records of the Corporations Bureau. The original will be returned to your registered office address, unless you specify otherwise.



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 Michigan Facts

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


Michigan Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: None.
  • Quorum: Majority of the directors, unless otherwise fixed in the bylaws or articles of incorporation.

Michigan Officers

  • President, Secretary, and Treasurer required. One person can be any two of these.

Michigan Bylaws

  • Required: No.

Michigan Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if provided for in the articles of incorporation.

Michigan Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Optional, but shareholder must receive a writing with the same information.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.

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