We often receive inquiries from individuals and companies from other countries who wish to do business in
the State of Georgia. While every situation is different, this checklist will provide a general overview of some of the
legal issues to be considered and legal steps to be taken by such individuals and businesses wishing do business in
the State of Georgia and the attached explanatory materials provide more details.
Forming the Business
____ Engage an Attorney and an Accountant.
____ Start a new company or a subsidiary.
____ Choose entity structure.
____ Choose a name.
____ Form the entity.
____ Consider agreements regarding transfer of ownership.
____ Obtain tax identification number.
____ Obtain any required licenses.
____ Make any necessary tradename or fictitious name filings.
Operating the Business
____ Open a US bank account.
____ Hire employees.
____ Consider Using Employment Agreements.
____ Consider Using Agreements to Protect Business Interests.
____ Take and Maintain Proper and Separate Permanent Company Records.
____ Annual Registration.
____ Obtain Insurance and Determine Benefits.
*Chorey, Taylor & Feil, a Professional Corporation (“CTF”) is an Atlanta business law and business litigation firm with offices at 3399
Peachtree Road, N.E., The Lenox Building, Suite 1700, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. CTF represents domestic and international companies
from startup through all aspects of their business needs. Contact Tom McLain or John Watkins at (404) 841-3200 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Important. This checklist and the related explanatory materials are for informational pur-
poses only and are not intended to refer to or to address particular circumstances faced by any individual or business. The statements in
this checklist and the related explanatory materials are based on Georgia law existing at the time the checklist was writ