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How can I check if the name I want for my LLC is already in use in Massachusetts?

When starting a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Massachusetts, it's crucial to ensure that your chosen business name is unique and not already in use by another entity within the state. The State of Massachusetts provides an online platform where you can search for your potential business names to confirm their availability. This is a critical step in the process of naming your Massachusetts LLC, as it helps to avoid any potential legal issues or confusion with other businesses. In addition to the online search, you should also check if the web domain for your desired name is available. This is important for your online presence and branding. Once you've confirmed the availability of your chosen name, you can reserve it for up to 60 days for a fee of $30. This reservation can be extended for another 60 days for an additional $30 fee, but you must file the extension before the original reservation expires. The name reservation can be requested in person with the Secretary of the Commonwealth Corporations Division or through the mail. Remember, your LLC name must adhere to the state's naming guidelines, which include the inclusion of the words ‘’limited liability company” or the abbreviation “LLC”, and avoiding words that could cause confusion with a government agency.
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