When you form a corporation or open a business and want to name it, you’ll need an official legal document known as a DBA, or Doing Business As form.

What Are DBAs For?

DBAs are legal documents that allow individuals to do business under the name of the business, as opposed to their own. DBAs are common for sole proprietorships but can be used for any type of business entity. With a Doing Business As license, you can use the name of your business to open financial accounts, create business listings, and advertise services without using your own personal information. Doing any of these things without an official DBA is illegal, however, and can result in lawsuits or fraud charges.

Why Do I Need a Business Lawyer for a DBA?

A good business attorney can walk you through the steps of obtaining a Doing Business As license. He or she can also advise you as to whether or not you require a formal DBA. Laws can vary from state to state and can also depend on the type of business you operate. An experienced business lawyer who has worked with Doing Business As forms can also assist you in identifying a business name for your DBA. It is important that this name is not already in use and doesn’t closely resemble the name of an existing business. You may also be required to publicly announce the name of your business once the DBA is official.

The process of obtaining a DBA license can be complicated further in cases where more than one business or entity is involved.

How to Choose the Best Business Attorney for DBAs

Obtaining a DBA is an important part of practicing business as an official company. As such, it should not be taken lightly. On the contrary, you would be wise to do your due diligence when choosing a business lawyer. Of particular importance is the number of years of experience the attorney has in practicing business laws and working with DBA licenses.

The experienced legal staff at Ensberg Law Group has a considerable amount of experience practicing in this particular subfield of law. We’ve helped numerous corporate clients in West Covina and beyond in filling out DBA forms and acquiring DBA licenses. We can help you do the same. Just call us today to schedule your professional consultation and get one step closer to doing business in the state of California.

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