How to Incorporate in Connecticut

By Michael Keenan

Incorporating your business gives you the protection of limited liability, which means that you can't lose more money than you put into the business. For example, if you don't incorporate and your company gets sued for patent infringement, you could lose not only the company, but also your personal assets. By incorporating, you protect your house, car and bank accounts from company creditors. In Connecticut, you have to register with the Secretary of the State for your business to be treated as a corporation.

Incorporating your business gives you the protection of limited liability, which means that you can't lose more money than you put into the business. For example, if you don't incorporate and your company gets sued for patent infringement, you could lose not only the company, but also your personal assets. By incorporating, you protect your house, car and bank accounts from company creditors. In Connecticut, you have to register with the Secretary of the State for your business to be treated as a corporation.

Step 1

Check the Connecticut business filings on the Connecticut Secretary of State's page to make sure the name you want for your corporation is not already taken. When deciding on your name, makes sure you include "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company," "Societa per Azioni" or "Limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," "S.p.A." or "Ltd."

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Step 2

Create the articles of incorporation for your corporation. The Connecticut Secretary of the State offers a preset form with all of the required information. You must include your name and contact information, the name of the corporation, the number of shares authorized to be issued, the terms of each class of shares, the name and contact information of your corporation's registered agent, and the signature of each incorporator.

Step 3

Mail the certificate of incorporation and the filing fee to the Commercial Recording Division, Connecticut Secretary of the State, P.O. Box 150470, Hartford, CT 06115-0470. Include the filing fee with your application. Your corporation will become active when the certificate is filed.

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