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Do I Need a DBA for My Business?
A DBA (sometimes called a fictitious or assumed name) lets sole proprietors and formal business entities conduct business under a name that is different than their legal name.
- Sole proprietors must file a DBA if they want to get a separate business bank account.
- A DBA may work better for marketing and branding than using your personal name or using a legal company name if it does not quite match the nature of your business.
- If your business is a legal entity, like an LLC, you can file multiple DBAs to operate different businesses without having to create a new entity each time.
When your business is a member of LegalShield, you get unlimited phone consultations with a lawyer that can answer DBA related questions and help you file the right documents.
Dealing With Existing Trademarks and Name Conflicts
If there is an existing company using the same or similar name you want to use, you may have a select a new name. If you have been contacted by another company that claims you are using their name, it’s a good idea to get legal advice as soon as possible.
- What should I do if the two names are an exact match?
- If the name I want to use sounds similar, is that ok?
- How do you conduct names searches in the first place?
An experienced business lawyer can clarify your options and guide you through the naming process to ensure you’re doing everything correctly and protecting your business.