Elevate your business journey by understanding why and how to file your Articles of Incorporation in Massachusetts. Explore our concise guide for fees, processing times, and statutory insights from the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
In Massachusetts, Articles of Incorporation are also called Articles of Organization. It’s important to know this to avoid confusion. They’re submitted to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth.
The process of forming a corporation and filing Articles of Incorporation falls under Massachusetts statute G.L. c156D.
Any information in the Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization will become part of the permanent public record.
Massachusetts allows multiple methods for filing. You can file online, via fax, by mail, or walk-in. If you aren’t filing online, you have to download the form from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. It’s a PDF that must be typed and not filled out by hand.
Foreign (out-of-state) corporations should file the Foreign Corporation Certificate of Registration and a Certificate of Good Standing (known in some states as a Certificate of Legal Existence or Certificate of Status). The latter can be obtained from your home state.
You can file your Articles of Incorporation online, via fax, mail, or by walking in. For fax, you need to first create a Fax Voucher Coversheet. See the commonwealth’s website for more information. You’ll also need to pay a fee when filing, and the amount may be contingent on your number of shares. Check the Secretary of the Commonwealth website for the latest fee schedule.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth will process your Articles within 24 hours if filing online. Filing via mail will take approximately two to four days. This is an estimate and it can vary according to the time of the year and other factors.
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For the most current fees and methods of payment available, check with the Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth website.
The incorporation process will take approximately 24 hours when filing online. For mail and walk-in filings, it will take approximately two to four business days.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth processes your Articles of Incorporation.
The process of forming a corporation and filing Articles of Incorporation falls under M.G.L. c156D.
No, you aren’t required to have an attorney file your Articles of Incorporation.
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