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Starting a Business in Lumpkin Co.

In the State of Georgia, every person, firm, or partnership that conducts business has two options regarding trade name registration: 1) the business name must include the last name of the individual owner of the business. 2) If using a fictitious name (one not including the last name of the individual owner), the fictitious name must be registered in the office of the clerk of the Superior Court of the county where the business is located. A corporation or limited liability company will not need to file this registration, as it will already be registered with the office of the Secretary of State. The fee for Trade name registration is approximately $162.00.

The Clerk's office will provide any paperwork that needs to be completed. Similar to publishing your intent to incorporate a business, you must publish a notice of your Trade name registration in the local newspapers. You must also file the required affidavit. Notice of the filing of the Trade name registration must be published once a week for two weeks in the legal section of the publication. To run your legal advertisement, contact:

The Dahlonega Nugget>

1074 Morrison Moore Parkway

Dahlonega, GA 30533

(706) 864-3613

Failure to register a trade name will not nullify contracts signed by the unregistered entity. The court, however, is authorized to assess court costs against the parties who have failed to register the trade name or partnership name at the time an action is filed. Thus the trade name registration prevents a company from having to pay all court costs in an action by or against a company. If you have a question as to whether your business needs to register a trade name, contact the Clerk's office.

To file your Trade name registration, contact:

Rita Harkins

Clerk of the Superior Court

99 Courthouse Hill, Suite D

Dahlonega, GA 30533

(706) 864-3736

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