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A general partnership is fine for your business entity, however, be aware that this does not provide you any liability protection.
That means that any lawsuit against the partnership could recover from your personal assets.
If you wish to have a liability shield, you would need to set up an S corporation or an LLC.
A dba is simply an "assumed name certificate." This is a form that is filed in the county where you operate, that gives public notice of the name you are operating under. It does not change your general partnership status.
The reason for this filing is that if someone needs to serve something to "ABC Partnership," it lets them know how they can do so.
What state and county are you in?
Sorry, I see you are in Mass, what county? The dba form should be filled out regardless of your partnershi status. However, for a partnership, You do not have to file anything with the MA secretary of state.
Yes, that is a total waste of money
I will send you the form you need, and you can file it in your county. The filing fee is very inexpensive.
Many things on legal zoom are unnecessary expenses
Just give me a few minutes to find that form for you
Again, a DBA is simply a certificate of a fictitous name you are using, that puts the public on notice of the owner of that name. A dba can be filed by an individual, partnership, corporation or LLC. It has no affect on the type of entity. That is misinformation. A partnership should file a dba, as should any person or any company that is doing business under a name other than their own name.
No problem. It appears that Suffolk County does not have regional county government - what city, town or municipality are you in?
I apologize, I will need the name of the town. Suffolk County does not provide this function at the county level. Thanks.
Here is the form that is used in the town of Brookline, MA. You can modify it and just replace Brookline with the name of your town. It gets filed at the town clerk's office. The fees range from $15 - $50 depending upon the municipality.