articles of incorporation
articles of incorporation: a document by which a corporation is formed that sets forth basic information (as the corporation's name, purpose, directors, and stock) usu. as required by statute see also certificate of incorporation compare bylaws, charter
◇ In most states a corporation is created upon the filing of the articles of incorporation with the secretary of state.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

articles of incorporation
n.
A document that creates a corporation; sometimes called articles of association.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


articles of incorporation
A document filed with state authorities (usually the Secretary of State or Division of Corporations, depending on the state) to form a corporation. As required by the general incorporation law of the state, the articles normally include the purpose of the corporation, its principal place of business, the names of the initial directors who will control it, and the amounts and types of stock it is authorized to issue.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

articles of incorporation
USA
A corporation is formed by filing a certificate of incorporation in the state where it desires to be domiciled. Some states only require that the certificate contains the name of the corporation, the nature of the business the corporation will engage in, name address of the registered agent and registered office, amount and type of stock which may be issued and the name(s) of the incorporators.
Specific filing requirements vary from state to state, so it is important to review the statutes governing business entities in the state where you choose to incorporate.
For further information, see Practice Note: Forming and Organizing a Corporation (www.practicallaw.com/7-381-9674) and Forming a Corporation Checklist (www.practicallaw.com/1-381-0520).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


articles of incorporation
n. A written agreement setting forth the basic structure of a corporation. The document normally includes the name, duration, and purpose of the corporation; the names and addresses of its initial board of directors; and the number and classes of shares of stock that it will be allowed to issue. Normally, the corporation is not legally created until the articles of incorporation are filed with a state government.
See also bylaw, charter.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


articles of incorporation
The document that must be filed with an appropriate government agency, commonly the office of the secretary of state, if the owners of a business want it to be given legal recognition as a corporation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


articles of incorporation
The document that must be filed with an appropriate government agency, commonly the office of the secretary of state, if the owners of a business want it to be given legal recognition as a corporation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

articles of incorporation
n.
   the basic charter of a corporation which spells out the name, basic purpose, incorporators, amount and types of stock which may be issued, and any special characteristics such as being non-profit. Each state has its own system of approval of articles, prohibits names which are confusingly similar to those of existing corporations (so an incorporator can test the name by applying to reserve the name), sets specific requirements for non-profits (charitable, religious, educational, public benefit, and so forth), and regulates the issuance of shares of stock. Articles must be signed by the incorporating person or persons or by the first board of directors. Major stock issuances require application to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The starting point for filing and approval of articles of incorporation is usually the state's Secretary of State. There will be a fee and, often, a deposit of an estimated first year's taxes.
   See also: corporation

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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