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I am trying to determine the authoriities a "Sole Incorporator"

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I am trying to determine the authoriities a "Sole Incorporator" might have at a company. Are there any? Are there any liabilities? I realize that a sole director and of course, sole shareholder has authorities, but not a sole director.

Any ideas? thanks

Thanks for your question.

When you say "authorities" what are you thinking of specifically?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

What power does a sole incorporator have over the company he/she is incorporating?

I see, thank you.

When you are the sole shareholder of a company that you are incorporating, you have absolute power over the corporation. In other words, there is no limitation on what the you can direct the corporation to do in regard to the conduct of its business.

The main issue at this point is to maintain the corporate form and not treat it as your personal piggy bank or alter ego. In other words, you must
1. always keep strict records,
2. keep separation between your personal accounts and the corporation's accounts,
3. do not use corporate money for your personal expenses.
4. When you conduct business in the corporate name, you must maintain that formality (never sign a contract in your personal name...always sign as "CEO of X Corp".

As long as you maintain the corporate formalities, your corporation will be ruled to be a separate entity and your personal assets will be protected from business liabilities.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Could you be Sole Incorporator for a company in which you were not the sole shareholder?

Ah. I see.

An "incorporator" is not necessarily the person who owns the corporation, nor is it the person who has any control over the corporation.

For example, a lawyer can act as an incorporator. In that circumstance, all that is happening is the incorporator is acting to form the corporation, which is owned by the shareholders and operated by the directors.

Where there is no one else but the incorporator, then the company will be said to be wholly owned by the incorporator and wholly controlled by the incorporator, until the incorporator issues shares and sells them to shareholders.
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