articles of incorporation

Legal Definition of articles of incorporation

: a document by which a corporation is formed that sets forth basic information (as the corporation's name, purpose, directors, and stock) usually as required by statute — see also certificate of incorporation — compare bylaws, charter

Note: In most states a corporation is created upon the filing of the articles of incorporation with the secretary of state.

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“Articles of incorporation.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/articles%20of%20incorporation. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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