Note that these documents are intended only for US companies incorporating in California.
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Articles of Incorporation refers to a set of formal documents filed with a government body to legally document the creation of a corporation.
Bylaws of a corporation set forth various procedures affecting the governance of the corporation. Generally, the Bylaws set forth the responsibilities of the directors and officers, the manner of calling meetings of the shareholders and directors, the maintenance of corporate records, the issuance of reports to shareholders, voting and proxy procedures and general corporate matters.
The incorporator is the person who signed the Articles of Incorporation. This person could be you or someone else. Once the Articles of Incorporation are filed with the state, the incorporator will sign the Sole Incorporator Resolution appointing the board of directors and will generally resign as the sole incorporator as to avoid any further liability.
Organizational Meeting Minutes are the minutes of the first shareholder meeting to approve and agree on all the actions of the incorporator. The Organizational Meeting Minutes will appoint officers, elect directors, issue shares, approve bylaws, and allow for the setting up of bank accounts.
A founder is the person who founded the company. A Founder’s Stock Purchase Agreement allows the founders to document their initial ownership in the company, including standard transfer restrictions and any vesting provisions with respect to their shares.
A Subscription Agreement is an agreement between a company and investor that sets out the price and terms of a purchase of shares in the company. The Subscription Agreement details the rights and obligations associated with the share purchase.
An Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number assigned to a corporation, by the IRS, for tax filing and reporting purposes.
Filling out and filing Form 2553 is a necessary step in order to qualify as an SCorporation and avoid the double taxation. The IRS will respond to the company with a letter confirming the election for S-Corporation but the entity must be incorporated first.
A Promissory Note is a written promise to pay someone. Initially, you may loan money to your company and when your company makes money, the company will pay you back, without paying taxes on the loaned amount.
A Service or Client Agreement is an agreement between your business and your clients. In it, you explain the terms and conditions under which you will provide your service to them.
An Independent Contractor Agreement is a written contract between two parties for a specific service or project. One person or company is hiring another to help complete a short-term task. The party being hired is not an employee for legal and tax purposes.
A Website Disclaimer is a legal notice covering some of the key legal issues that arise out of the operation of your website, and allows for the limitation of liability.
You will receive one hour of confidential legal consultation with an attorney regarding your business.