SECRETARY STATE OHIO CORPORATIONS AND OTHER EXPLANATORY NOTES
Secretary State Ohio corporations (or llcs) and other explanatory notes: (the capitalized phrases below are the phrases which appear as hyperlinks on the web page which contains the special offer regarding Ohio corporations and llcs)
WITHIN 24 HOURS: We will transmit the Articles of Incorporation (or Articles of Organization in the case of an llc) to the statutory agent for signature (as required by the Secretary) within 24 hours after you have (1) provided payment for our services and the fees we must pay out as a part of the process (charge cards are considered immediate payment, checks require clearing time) (2) given your approval to the name to be used and the names and addresses of the parties to be listed in the articles and signed any necessary documents. After signing, the statutory agent will forward all documents to the state. Optional overnight transmittal can minimize the delay from the requirement of statutory agent consent. The Secretary advises that they will give 24 hour service on expedited filings ($125 extra), but we do not think the time saved is worth the extra money.
CHECKING YOUR NAME: The name checks we conduct for domain name purposes and on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office trademark search facility are exact name searches only. It is possible that there is a trademark in existence which is "confusingly similar" (see limitations of USPTO searches) to your name, and this possibility (while slim) cannot be eliminated by the searches we are making, or by the name check with the Secretary. In conducting these name checks, we are relying upon the information provided to us and cannot be responsible for errors in that information.
HOME STATE INCORPORATIONS...: "Home state incorporations" means companies where one or more of the principal parties in the company is a resident of the state. It does not include situations where no participant in the company is a resident.
ACKNOWLEDGED FILING...: The Secretary will not acknowledge the filing of the articles immediately upon filing, although the current processing time is 48 hours, but the effective date of your company will nevertheless be as of the date and time of filing, even without expedited filing.