I just filed for my incorporation and 501(c)3 for my newly formed cat rescue in the state of georgia. Do I need a dba for anything? My legal name is freddie’s felines, inc. I use “freddie’s felines” without the inc. Most often. What about for business loans and credit cards for rescue operations? What about grants? Thanks!

Bryan Zlimen ∙ July 15, 2019

Generally I would recommend registering a d/b/a for any name that your company will use that is different from its registered name. That would include the name without the "Inc." tag. For loans, bank accounts, etc., the account should be in the registered name of the business. Bryan Zlimen is licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota, and his comments may only apply to that jurisdiction. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

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