What is a registered agent? This is the hardest part of any LLC or corporation formation. I should also mention it isn’t that hard. Firstly, I’m going to list the relevant laws. After that, I’ll explain what they mean. Then, I’ll conclude with some pointers. Unfortunately, the law is thick legalese. However, I wanted to…

Every year, the NC Secretary of State office requires businesses to file an Annual Report to maintain their active status. Fortunately, companies do not need to file their first year in existence. In North Carolina, the entity tasked with overseeing and regulating businesses is the Office of the Secretary of State, by authority of NCGS…

Creating an anonymous startup is no easy task. For one thing, the Secretary of State requires a registered agent and an organizer to be listed. If they’re not you (which since it is public information, it probably isn’t), who will it be? Can you trust that person not to share who you are? When you…

We form LLCs because they protect our personal assets from the creditors of the company; however, there is a concept called “piercing the LLC veil” that you should be aware of. Piercing the LLC veil comes from the legal concept of piercing a corporate veil. Essentially, what it means is that you’ve been operating your…

I’ve received this question many times: What is the difference between filing a “Doing Business As” (DBA) and filing for an LLC besides the fact that the DBA is cheaper? Long story short: Everything, but let’s start by examining what these two things are. DBA You may have heard DBAs referred to as a “Doing Business…

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