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Q.What is a fictitious business name (DBA) & do I need one?

A.A "DBA" stands for "Doing Business As ...", and is used when a person or company is operating under a name other than their actual full legal name. DBAs are also called fictitious business names. If your corporation's name is "LegalCorner, Inc.", and you only do business as "LegalCorner, Inc." then you do NOT need to file a DBA or fictitious business name. But, if your corporation also wants to do business under the name "LegalCorner", then a DBA or fictitious business name is required to show the original legal corporate name and the name it is doing business as.

In the State of California, the necessary forms to register a DBA or fictitious business name are completed and filed with your local county government. Each county has its own DBA or fictitious business name filing requirements, forms, filing fees, and newspapers authorized to publish your DBA or fictitious business name.

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