Changing the name of your business may become necessary if it is outdated, overly complicated, misleading, or no longer represents the goods or services that your business is providing. If you are in this situation, you must ensure that you change your business name with all relevant government authorities, as well as with any customers, suppliers, or other private parties with whom you do business.
If you wish to simply use an alternate name for your business, but don’t need to necessarily change the legal name of your business for any reason, then you can just register a new “doing business as” (DBA) name with the county in which your business operates. However, if you need to completely change the legal name of your business, then you will have to take some different steps.
First, depending on the type of business entity you have, you must change the legal documents that establish the business in order to reflect the change in name. For example, for a California corporation, you will need to go through the required procedures outlined in your corporate documents in order to amend the Articles of Incorporation. For an LLC, you will have to do the same to change the business’s operating agreement.
Next, you will have to change your business name with the California Secretary of State. There are different forms to complete and file with that office in order to register a Restated Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization. You also will have to change your business name with the Internal Revenue Service, the Board of Equalization (if relevant), the Employment Development Department (if relevant), and usually the city and the county in which you do business.
When you want to change the name of your business, you should definitely consult an experienced business attorney to help you through this process and give you the advice that you need. Take the first step today toward getting the comprehensive legal advice and representation that you will need when changing the name of your business. Call the Heit Law Group, P.C., at 855-231-9868 to schedule a complimentary evaluation of your case with one of our highly skilled California commercial business lawyers.