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DBAs Filed Quickly and Correctly

A small business plan from LegalShield makes filing and managing a DBA (Doing Business As) as simple and stress free as possible.


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 an attorney that can answer DBA related questions and help you file the right documents.

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How to File a DBA Correctly

To make sure you’re handling the name of your business according to applicable law, be sure to take the following steps. 

  1. Determine if you need a standard DBA or a Federal Trademark
  2. Determine where to file. Depending on the location and nature of your business, you may need to file with your county, state or the US Patent and Trademark Office. 
  3. Search state and federal databases to make sure the name you want to use will not violate an existing DBA filing or a federally registered trademark.
  4. Locate and fill out  and submit the appropriate government forms. 
  5. Pay filing fees. Typically $10 - $100 for standard DBAs, more for trademarks. 
  6. Respond to any enquiries from the agency reviewing your application. 

Rather than stress and guess, join LegalShield today and your attorney will make the entire business naming and filing process as painless as possible.

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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 attorney can clarify your options and guide you through the naming process to ensure you’re doing everything correctly and protecting your business.

How a Legalshield Small Business Plan Works for Doing Business As Registration

All LegalShield plans come jam-packed with valuable benefits. When it comes to searching and applying for a DBA/fictitious name, common plan usage is in two areas.

How it Works

Get support in three easy steps. It’s that simple.

Become A Member

Sign up for your your Small Business Legal Plan, and then head to to set up your account.

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From the app you can choose to call your law firm, submit a traffic ticket, start your Will or other documents, request emergency legal help, and more. It’s that easy.

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Theresa O.
Washington Member
I appreciate all the help and support I had in developing my LLC. It was great to have an organization that took me from start to finish with registering my name and my business in the state of Washington. They answered questions quickly and efficiently and I couldn’t be more pleased.
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