certificate of incorporation
certificate of incorporation
1: a certificate issued by a state's secretary of state that shows acceptance of a corporation's articles of incorporation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

Certificate of Incorporation
A company is a separate legal entity governed by the Companies Act, which conducts activities on its own behalf and is distinct from the persons who own and control it. The shareholders are the owners and control the company, but their liability in relation to the company's creditors is limited. Incorporation is the process by which the company is entered on the register at the Companies Registry, and thereby comes into existence as a separate legal person. A Certificate of Incorporation will be sent to the company by the Companies Registry on first incorporation and on any change of name.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

certificate of incorporation
A document issued by a secretary of state approving a company’s articles of incorporation and indicating that the corporation exists.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

certificate of incorporation
a document signed by the Registrar of Companies showing that the company to which it relates has been formed. In the case of a public company, the certificate of incorporation must contain a statement that the company is a public company.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

certificate of incorporation
A document filed with state authorities (usually the Secretary of State or Division of Corporations, depending on the state) to form a corporation. As required by the general incorporation law of the state, the certificate normally includes the purpose of the corporation, its principal place of business, the names of the initial directors who will control it, and the amounts and types of stock it is authorized to issue. In most states, this document is called the articles of incorporation.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

certificate of incorporation
The document issued by Companies House on the registration and coming into existence of a company as a separate legal entity. A certificate of incorporation is also sent to the company on any change of its name.
+ certificate of incorporation
Also known as the articles of incorporation in certain states or charter.
A corporation is formed by filing a certificate of incorporation in the state where it desires to be domiciled. Some states only require that the certificate contains the name of the corporation, the nature of the business the corporation will engage in, name address of the registered agent and registered office, amount and type of stock which may be issued and the name(s) of the incorporators.
Specific filing requirements vary from state to state, so it is important to review the statutes governing business entities in the state where you choose to incorporate.
For further information, see Practice Note: Forming and Organizing a Corporation (www.practicallaw.com/7-381-9674) and Forming a Corporation Checklist (www.practicallaw.com/1-381-0520).
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

certificate of incorporation
1 In most states, a certificate issued by the state indicating that a corporation's articles of incorporation have been filed, the corporation has come into existence, and that the corporation has the right to operate as a corporation.
2 In some states, the Same as articles of incorporation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

certificate of incorporation
   document which some states issue to prove a corporation's existence upon the filing of articles of incorporation. In most states the articles are sufficient proof.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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