GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE CORPORATIONS
Georgia Secretary of State
Corporations and LLC filings are handled by the Corporations Division , Secretary of State, whose address is 2 Martin Luther King Drive, Suite 315, West Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334.
Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division
Georgia differs from most states in that corporations are required to publish their articles in a newspaper in the county where the registered office is located. It is the responsibility of those forming a corporation to determine the proper county and to take into account the cost of publication in calculating the total cost of forming the new company.
For matters not unique to Georgia, but common to many states, see common concerns.
Georgia has statutes relating to the sale of corporate and llc securities (commonly referred to as the "blue sky law"). Under these statutes, prior to offering or selling corporate or llc securities, such securities must either be registered or exempt from registration under the state blue sky law. Failure to qualify under such laws has civil (and sometimes criminal) penalties.
The Division cautions
that "the information provided on its Web site should aid in the
process of forming a business entity. While simple to form, the question
of whether or not a particular entity should be formed is complex. The
decision to establish a corporation, limited liability company or limited
partnership should only be made after consultation with an attorney and
an accountant. As a "legal entity," the entity will have certain
responsibilities under the law. Failure to live up to those responsibilities
could result in a court of law disregarding the legal entity."
The Division does not handle Uniform Commercial Code filings or register DBAs (doing business as, or trade names.) These filings are made with the Clerk of Superior Court's office in the county where the property or business is located.
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