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In the United States, a corporation is formed, and therefore the life of the entity begins, with the filing and acknowledged receipt of a certificate of incorporation by the department of state of the state in which the entity is formed. In that home state, the corporation is referred to as a domestic corporation. The certificate of incorporation requires at a minimum the following information: the name of the corporation, the purpose for which the corporation is formed, the county within the state where the office of the corporation is to be located, the aggregate number of shares the corporation will have authority to issue, a designation of the appropriate state's secretary of state as the agent of the corporation upon whom process in any ...

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