How do I change my Corporation name?

Asked over 1 year ago - Saginaw, MI

I just founded out that another business already has the same business name, so how do I change my Corporation name? My Corporation is in the state of Michigan, by the way!
Do I need to register for a new EIN number with the IRS as well?

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In other words... What form in Michigan do I need to fill out? Is it the "RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION"?

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  1. James P. Frederick

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    Answered . The form you need is an Certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation. It is form 515, which you can find, here:

    For item 3 you would state the new name of the Corporation.

    James Frederick

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  2. Frank Anthony Natoli

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    Answered . Well, I think before you do anything you may want to discuss the issue over with a business or trademark lawyer to make sure you would be required to change your corp name. It is entirely possible for two businesses to operate under the same name (not usually registered in the same state without a DBA) particularly if they are involved in unrelated goods or services (e.g., Delta Airlines vs Delta faucets).

    If you do require to change your name, you can file an amendment with the secretary of state and for a nominal fee you can make that change without the need to go through the entire reformation process. This does not come up that often, but I also believe you can submit a corp name change form to the IRS so that is reflected there as well.

    Again, you should consult a lawyer before you make any changes just to be certain you are going about this the right way. Most of us here, including myself, offer a free phone consult.

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  3. Reese Serra

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    Answered . I'm happy to assist for a fee. Of you are interested please contact my office. - Reese Serra

    This advise is only being offered as a courtesy. We do not have an attorney-client relationship and I do not... more

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