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What is a fictitious business name?

A fictitious name is the name you want your company to be known as—even if it is not the official legal name of your company. For example, my law firm is legally known as the Law Office of Heidi Meinzer, PLLC, but I can use something that is more accessible, like “Meinzer Law”, as my fictitious name.

If you do decide to have a fictitious name, you need to go through an extra step with your local circuit court to register the fictitious name so that people are aware of this second name. In addition, the State Corporation Commission will track fictitious business names.

For more information, feel free to contact our office.