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The California constitution authorizes laws governing corporations. Cal. Const., art. XX, § 5. Calfornia corporations are governed by the California Corporate Code which may be found here. Below are direct links to some helpful provisions.
Cal. Corp. Code section 200
Section 200 states who may form a corporation.
Cal. Corp. Code section 202
Section 202 sets forth the information that must be in a certificate of incorporation.
Cal. Corp. Code Section 204
Section 204 lists information that may be included in a certificate of incorporation. Section 204.5 gives the wording necessary to give the greatest liability coverage for directors: "[t]he liability of the directors of the corporation for monetary damages shall be eliminated to the fullest extent permissible under California law."
The Nevada constitution authorizes the creation of corporations. N.R.S. Const. Art. 8, § 1. Nevada corporations are governed under Title 7 of the Nevada Revised Statues. Under Title 7, Chapter 78 governs private corporations and the entire chapter can be found here. There are direct links to some helpful provisions below.
Nev. Rev. Stat. section 78.026
Section 78.026 requires that any document filed with the Secretary of State must be on a special form. I have included a link to the form in the sample documents section.
Nev. Rev. Stat. section 78.035
Section 78.035 lists what information must be included in a certificate of incorporation filed in Nevada.
Nev. Rev. Stat. section 78.037
Section 78.037 lists optional information for a certificate of incorporation.
Nev. Rev. Stat. section 78.760
Section 78.760 lists the filing fees for incorporation based on the value of the shares provided for in the articles of incorporation.
The Delaware Constitution authorizes the creation of corporations, the issuance of stock, and the grant of rights, privileges, and immunities to corporations. De. Const., art. IX. Delaware corporations are governed by Title 8 of the Delaware code. More specifically, Chapter 1 of Title 8 governs general corporation law. The entire Chapter 1 may be found here. I have included direct links to some provisions below.
Del. Code tit. 8, section 101
Section 101 states who may form a corporation and for what purpose.
Del. Code tit. 8, section 102
Section 102(a) states what information must be included in a certificate of incorporation (defined in section 104). Section 102(b) lists optional information for certificates of incorporation. Section 102(e) explains how to reserve a specific corporate name.
Del. Code tit. 8, section 103
Section 103 explains what to do with the certificate of incorporation including how to record and acknowledge it.
The Texas constitution authorizes the creation of corporations. Tex. Const., art. 12. Texas corporations and other business entities are governed by the Texas Business Organization Code. The entire Business Organization Code may be found here. I have also put direct links to some important provisions and sections below.
Formation - All States
The links to the left take you to the freely available statutes on state databases. If you need another state's formation statutes then they are conveniently compiled in a Westlaw 50 State Survey. The link directs to the Business Organizations database. Corporations is the third item down.