Name Amendment Filing to Change Your Company Name
When you own a business such as an LLC (Limited Liability Company), LLP (Limited Liability Partnership), or Corporation and you need to officially change its name for any reason, it is required that you file a form called a "Name Amendment" within the state that the entity is registered in. Similarly, if your company does business in other states and is foreign qualified, you must also file name amendments in those states as well. Since your entity was granted the right to do business under a certain name, you must legally notify and get permission from those states in order to legally change the corporate identity.
Prior to making any official changes, you will need to check the availability of the name you wish to change to before you file your Articles of Amendment (use the form on this page).
MyLLC.com highly recommends that prior to making the decision to change the name of your business, you speak not only with your tax adviser and legal counsel, but with your customers and clients as well. Why? Because name recognition helps drive sales, consumer confidence, and referrals. The people who have supported your company should be made aware well in advance that you are considering changing the name of your business if there are no legal restrictions that prohibit you from doing so.
Although the costs to file a name amendment are relatively low, it is likely that you will need to run an aggressive marketing campaign to alert consumers to the fact that you have changed your name. These types of marketing campaigns often need to be run for an extended period of time and are typically extremely expensive depending on the size of your company and target demographic. But when you are ready, MyLLC.com is ready to assist you!
Disclaimer: The information contained herein should in no way be considered legal or tax advice and is provided strictly for informational purposes only.
Page updated on 2015-09-30