Form A Delaware Corporation

DELAWARE C CORPORATION STARTUP PACKAGES

We form Delaware C Corporations and give you everything you need — including the proper legal advice — to confidently start running your new Delaware C Corporation from day one.

  • 1 Founder

  • $1000
    • Drafting and filing of Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State
    • Completion of EIN filing with the IRS
    • Drafting of customized Bylaws
    • Drafting of Stock Ledger
    • Drafting of Indemnification Agreement
    • Drafting of Stock Purchase Agreement
    • Issuance of Stock
    • Appointment of Registered Agent in Delaware
    • Drafting of Intellectual Property Assignment / Contribution Agreement
    • Drafting of Initial Consents (Incorporator, Board of Directors and Shareholders Consents)

  • 2 Founders

  • $1500
    • Drafting and filing of Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State
    • Completion of EIN filing with the IRS
    • Drafting of customized Bylaws
    • Drafting of Stock Ledger
    • Drafting of Indemnification Agreements
    • Drafting of Stock Purchase Agreements
    • Issuance of Stock
    • Appointment of Registered Agent in Delaware
    • Drafting of Intellectual Property Assignment / Contribution Agreements
    • Drafting of Initial Consents (Incorporator, Board of Directors and Shareholders Consents)

  • 3 Founders

  • $2000
    • Drafting and filing of Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State
    • Completion of EIN filing with the IRS
    • Drafting of customized Bylaws
    • Drafting of Stock Ledger
    • Drafting of Indemnification Agreements
    • Drafting of Stock Purchase Agreements
    • Issuance of Stock
    • Appointment of Registered Agent in Delaware
    • Drafting of Intellectual Property Assignment / Contribution Agreements
    • Drafting of Initial Consents (Incorporator, Board of Directors and Shareholders Consents)

FAQ’s

How long does it take to set up my Delaware corporation and complete all of these filings?

Once we have all of the necessary information from you, the Certificate of Incorporation will be filed with the Delaware Secretary of State as soon as you’re ready, and the remaining documents will be drafted in approximately 1-2 weeks. Please keep in mind that businesses with more than one founder sometimes take more time, because co-founders often haven’t addressed all of the legal issues when we meet with them.

How long does it take for the Delaware Secretary of State to confirm the filed Certificate of Incorporation?

Standard filings used to take 5-7 business days, but lately the Delaware Secretary of State is notoriously slower, and usually takes at least two full business weeks to confirm the filing. The Delaware Secretary of State also offers “priority” filing, for additional fees, as follows:

  • Priority 1 (One hour): $1,000
  • Priority 2 (Two hours): $500
  • Priority 3 (Same day): Varies
  • Priority 4 (24 hours): Varies
Are there any additional fees beyond those listed above?

Yes. These are the additional fees, all of which are either required filing fees or mandatory mailing or registration fees:

  • $89: Filing fee for filing the Certificate of Incorporation. (NOTE: If you require your filing to be on a “priority” basis, see the additional fees listed above, under the question “How long does it take for the Delaware Secretary of State to confirm the filed Certificate of Incorporation?”)
  • $50: Filing fee to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing, to register your company as a “foreign” company in Oregon or whichever other state in which your company will be located.
  • $275: Filing fee to register the company as a foreign company doing business in Oregon. (If your company will be located in a state other than Delaware or Oregon, this fee likely will be different.)
  • $190: Fee to appoint a statutorily required registered agent in Delaware.
  • $70: FedEx shipping fees to have all filings returned from Delaware to you.

Total: $674

Can I just incorporate my business on my own?

Yes, of course, but unless you’ve already started businesses in the past and know all of the specific legal issues to address, you’ll likely be assuming unknown risks at the very start of your new business.

Why shouldn’t I just use a cheaper online filing service?
  • You’ll likely save money at the outset by using an online filing service, but it may cost you more in the long run. Many of these services are deceptively cheap, since they later tack on hidden fees, and some repeatedly bill your credit card for ongoing services that you may unknowingly sign up for.
  • You may also choose the wrong entity without the proper legal advice, and you may not complete all of the necessary documents to properly start your new business when using one of these services. If you later learn that you did make a mistake, you’re going to have to pay a lawyer a lot more money to help you fix it.
  • Using an online filing service isn’t necessarily confidential. If you hire a lawyer — whether our firm or any other lawyer — anything you tell him or her will automatically be deemed confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege. Lawyers are heavily regulated and bound by strict ethical rules and guidelines. That’s not true with online filing services.
  • If your business is successful, you’ll inevitably have other legal issues to address, and you’ll have to engage a business lawyer. Why not do so at the very beginning, so that you have a go-to business lawyer when those legal issues later arise? You won’t develop a professional relationship with an online filing service.
  • Most business lawyers, like us, are well connected in their local communities and can provide recommendations and referrals to other reputable service providers (such as accountants, insurance brokers, bankers, and financial advisors) who may not seem important at the outset, but are critical to have relationships with as the business grows.
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