A publication notice is a way to formally notify the public of an entity’s formation. Before computers and mass communication, newspaper publications were the primary way to post notifications. Although it might seem outdated, states like Georgia still require certain entities to publish notifications in print through newspapers.
Let’s take a more detailed look at Georgia’s publication requirements.
What Georgia business entities have publication requirements?
Georgia’s corporation publication requirement applies to both profit and nonprofit domestic corporations. For help starting your corporation in Georgia, check out ZenBusiness’s Georgia incorporation services.
Georgia Publication Requirements
After filing your Articles of Incorporation with the Georgia Secretary of State, you have one business day to send a request for publication of notice of intent to incorporate to the appropriate newspaper.
Under Georgia law, the newspaper to use is the one “which is the official legal organ of the county where the initial registered office of the corporation is to be located, or [the] newspaper of general circulation in such county and for which at least 60 percent of its subscriptions are paid.”
Contents of Notice
The notice of incorporation will contain the following information:
- Corporation’s name
- Address of the registered office
- Name of registered agent
The Secretary of State has the exact format to use when asking the newspaper to publish your corporation’s notice.
The notice must be published once a week for two consecutive weeks, which must start within 10 days of the newspaper receiving the notice.
Proof of Publication
Georgia doesn’t have any rules about showing proof of publication.
Consequences for Failure to Publish
If you fail to meet the publication requirement in Georgia, your corporation is still incorporated and there’s no effect on the filing of the Articles of Incorporation. However, your business is out of compliance with Georgia corporation law.
ZenBusiness is here to help
Georgia’s publication requirement is simple but important. This isn’t something to overlook when starting your Georgia corporation. You can reach out to ZenBusiness for assistance forming a Georgia corporation. We’ll walk you through each step of the process so that you feel confident and excited for the business venture ahead.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
What if I don’t comply with a publication requirement?
Failure to meet Georgia’s corporation publication requirement means your corporation isn’t in compliance with Georgia law. However, just because you fail to comply doesn’t invalidate the incorporation of your business.
Do I need a lawyer to complete my publication requirement?
You don’t need a lawyer to complete Georgia publication requirements. In fact, the Secretary of State provides the exact format to use when requesting a publication of notice of intent to incorporate.
How long do I have to complete a publication requirement?
You have one business day from the day you file the entity’s Articles of Incorporation to send the request for publication and publication fee to the appropriate newspaper.