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What are the naming guidelines for starting an LLC in Massachusetts?

Starting an LLC in Massachusetts requires adherence to specific naming guidelines. The chosen name must include the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “LLC”. It should not contain words that could confuse it with a government agency, such as FBI, secret service, or treasury. Certain words like attorney, bank, and university necessitate additional paperwork and the involvement of a licensed individual. You can check the availability of your chosen name on the State of Massachusetts website and also verify if the web domain for your desired name is available. Once you've decided on a name, you can reserve it for up to 60 days for a fee of $30, and extend it for another 60 days for a second $30 fee. However, the extension must be filed before the original reservation expires. In addition to naming, your LLC must have a registered agent, and you must file a certificate of organization. This document requires information such as the federal EIN, LLC name and address, purpose of the business, dissolution date if applicable, duration of the LLC if applicable, registered agent name and address, and names, addresses, and signatures of members and managers.
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