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Small Business Incorporation

Protect yourself and your assets by properly incorporating your business by working with licensed lawyers at Carter West. We are an experienced, California-based team ready to help you right away. We created Carter West Incorporations to provide a sophisticated, thoughtful, and safe alternative to sites like Legalzoom.


Our objective is to give you a prompt formation without the risks of downloading forms that do not fit your situation. Our approach is personalized to your needs. You will speak directly by phone with our team in an initial intake meeting. At this meeting, we will walk you through how to protect yourself and your business and build your documents to protect you before, not after, your business partner, vendor, or investor threaten litigation.


Call us during business hours weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m pacific time at 1-877-930-4462 or click Add to Cart!


What’s Included

The small business package is for corporations with one class of shares that are owned by individuals or trusts. This package includes the full set of documents you’ll need to launch your business in California, including:


  1. Intake questionnaire and analysis to build the right corporation for you
  2. Articles of Incorporation
  3. Bylaws
  4. Founder’s Restricted Stock Purchase Agreements for up to four (4) shareholders
  5. Buy-Sell Agreement to provide mechanisms to resolve disputes, restrict the sale of shares to third parties, and permit shareholders to buy shares allocated to former spouses after a divorce
  6. Statement of Incorporator
  7. Action by Unanimous Written Consent of the Board of Directors that appoints the officers, adopts banking resolutions, adopts the form of Stock Certificate, authorizes the sale and issuance of common stock to shareholders, etc.
  8. Form 2553, S-Election to receive pass-through taxation, if applicable
  9. Statement of Information filed with the Secretary of State
  10. Form SS-4, Application for a Federal Employer Identification Number and Authorization of Third Party Designee
  11. Application for a Fictitious Business Name Statement to file in your County
  12. Business License for your City or County
  13. State Employment Development Department Registration
  14. Stock Certificates
  15. Stock ledger
  16. Minute book
  17. Corporate Compliance product
  18. Now that you are incorporated letter that outlines the law and the legal documents for you to refresh your recollection


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Why Carter West Incorporations


Greater Protection

You will work directly with our experienced lawyers and staff who will incorporate your business to fit your specific needs. Other online incorporation services use a highly standardized approach that often fails to anticipate all the potential risks you may face. Standardization is good for their business, but potentially disastrous for yours.


Experienced Lawyers

Our lawyers have been incorporating new businesses since 2000. We will guide you through every step of incorporating your small business. We go beyond simply drafting articles and bylaws. We also guide you through licensing your business in the City or County in which you will operate, obtaining your state and federal taxpayer IDs, and filing your fictitious business name statement for you.


California-Based Team

Carter West is based on California and understands the ever-changing laws and regulations that will impact your incorporation. And, when you call us, a live, California-based team is ready to help.


Speed of Filing

Carter West is within a mile of the Capitol building in Sacramento. Our team can get to the Secretary of State to file your articles of incorporation over the counter in less than 10 minutes. If you need to form your corporation on a deadline, we can help. The Secretary of State charges an additional $750 for same day filing, which must be filed with them before 9:30 am, or $350 for 24-hour service. If you call us before 1:00 pm, we determine there are no conflicts of interest in representing you, and you are able to sign and return all of the documents we prepare while on our call, then we can have your articles filed and back to you by 5:00 pm the next day.


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Getting Started

When you work with Carter West Incorporations, you are working with a real law firm. To get started, we’ll complete the steps necessary to take you on as a client of our firm:

  1. Call us during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m pacific time at 1-877-930-4462 or click Add to Cart!
  2. Download our engagement letter, complete it, and return it to us.
  3. Upon receipt of your signed engagement letter, we can promptly run a conflict check and return a fully executed copy to you. We’ll schedule a time that day for your initial intake meeting. We ask you to set aside 2 hours for this call. You will need the full legal name, address, social security number, and California driver’s license number for all shareholders and directors. 
  4. During our first meeting we will walk through an extensive set of questions that will allow us to create documents to fit your specific situation and needs.
  5. In most cases, we can deliver all of the documents you will need to launch your new company while we are on the phone with you.


Call us during business hours weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m pacific time at 1-877-930-4462 or click Add to Cart!


About Carter West

The lawyers at Carter West started our careers at big firms with high standards in 2000. We launched our boutique practice in 2013 to focus on high-end services to high-end clients. We want to democratize this expertise so that anyone can purchase top quality incorporations, regardless of who you know. We have learned tricks over the years that we would like to share with you. What is different about using Carter West Incorporations versus calling another lawyer? We have spent hundreds of hours building a system that streamlines the incorporation process without making it formulaic and one-size-fits-all. We have pulled upon years of expertise to deliver top-notch documents to you as quickly as a lawyer-free incorporation mill.


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