Filing a Fictitious Business Name in Los Angeles as a Corporation or LLC

Filing a Fictitious Business Name in Los Angeles as a Corporation or LLC

Today we are sharing an insider tip that will save you time when filing for a fictitious business name in Los Angeles. Most of the times the registrant – the person registering a fictitious business name (also known as DBA, as in Doing Business As) is an individual or a married couple.

However, it’s pretty common for an existing Corporation or LLC to add an alternate name. The advantage of doing so is that you won’t have to create another Corporation or LLC, but the same limited liability of the existing entity will cover also the business run with the new name.

Unfortunately few people know that the County requires also proving that the existing entity you are registering the new name under is in good standing. Even if the document needed to prove such a status is the certificate of good standing, which is issued by the Secretary of State, the good clerks at the County Recorder in Van Nuys have been consistently accepting print outs from the Secretary of State website showing entities as simply being “Active”.

If you don’t have it with you, they won’t record the fictitious business name! So don’t forget to bring it with you.

Even better, let us assist you in the filing and publication for a mere – all inclusive – $149. That includes the filing fee and the publication in a local newspaper for four consecutive weeks.

The Document People is a network of legal document assistants who share a common purpose: helping customers with preparation and filing of fictitious business names in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to offering you DBA filings at We the People Santa Monica, We the People Woodland Hills, We the People Glendale, The Document People Torrance, Anaheim and Oceanside.

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