Planning Your Business

AE Works – Pittsburgh, PA

Legal Name

On various business forms, you may be asked to provide the Legal Name of your business. In the case of an individual doing business as a sole proprietorship, you will fill in your first and last name.

For all other business structures, the name you provided when you registered the business with the Pennsylvania Department of State is the legal name of the company. The legal name of a registered business usually will be required to contain terms or abbreviations to designate the status of the company, such as “limited,” “incorporated,” “LLC,” “Ltd,” “Inc.” or others.

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