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Steps to Forming a Montana Corporation

Information We Need From You to Start Your Corporation

1: Select a Name: Your company name must include one of the following words: Corporation, Incorporated, Company or Limited, or one of the abbreviations Corp., Inc., Co., or Ltd.

2: Authorize Shares: Owners of a corporation are known as shareholders because they own shares of stock in the company. Montana requires you to designate how many shares you intend to initially authorize. Generally, corporations authorize a small number of initial shares, say 100. At the first shareholders meeting, you would then issue 51% of those shares to yourself. The remaining shares can be held for future business partners.

3: Choose Management: Corporations are run by their Directors. Directors control company policy, issue stock, choose corporate officers, and set salaries and bonuses. Typically, you would appoint yourself as Director and take on the roles of the various corporate officers (President, Treasurer, Secretary).

4: Remaining Info Needed to File:

  • Registered Agent: lawful registered agents are required to have a physical street address within the state. This is known as a registered office. It cannot be a PO box. Our Speedy filings come with one free year of Montana registered agent service by Northwest Registered Agent. This service keeps your personal home and office addresses out of the public record and fulfills the registered agent, mailing and principal address requirements.

  • Effective date: if you want your corporation’s formation date to be later than your filing date, you can specify a later date (cannot be more than 90 days after filing).

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Steps to Forming a Montana LLC

Information We Need From You to Start Your LLC

1: Select a Name: Your company name must include: Limited Liability Company, Limited Company, or an abbreviation of those words. If you want to see if your company name is currently available, you can do a Montana business name search.

2: Membership: LLCs are owned by their members. The members do not receive shares of stock, as they would in a corporation. Members are given instead an ownership percentage. This percentage is usually in proportion to what each member has invested in the company.

3: Choose Management: LLCs are typically managed by their members. Members set company policy and oversee the daily operations of the business. LLCs can, however, appoint a manager to run the company. Managers can be members, or they can be outside parties.

4: Remaining Info Needed to File:

  • Registered Agent: legal registered agents maintain a physical street address within the state, called a registered office (cannot be a PO box). Our Speedy filings come with one free year of Montana registered agent service. This service keeps your personal home and office addresses off the public record and fulfills your registered agent, mailing and principal office requirements.

  • Business mailing address: the mailing address of your principal place of business (where you keep your records and financial books).

  • Duration: if you want your LLC to be dissolved at a specific later date, you must specify the latest date your company can continue to exist.

  • Managers/Members: you’re required to give the names of either the managers or the members of your company, as well as their business mailing addresses.

  • Liable members: the member or members who are liable for the company’s debts and obligations, as well as the written consent of each (if applicable).

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Thanks a million for the fast and easy service. I was able to incorporate, get my EIN and set up my state tax information in one spot.” - Sam H., Polson, Montana

When you said your process was easy and fast, you weren’t kidding. Thanks for the great service and for helping me out with the questions I had.” - Alicia P., Butte, Montana

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