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Definitions from Nolo.com, a provider of legal information and products for consumers and businesses:

  • Corporation: “What sets the corporation apart from all other types of businesses is that a corporation is an independent legal entity, separate from the people who own, control, and manage it. In other words, corporation and tax laws view the corporation as a legal ‘person’ that can enter into contracts, incur debts, and pay taxes apart from its owners.”

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): “LLC stands for Limited Liability Company. A limited liability company is a business entity that is separate from its owners, like a corporation. However, unlike a corporation, which must pay its own taxes, an LLC is a ‘pass-through’ tax entity: The profits and losses of the business pass through to its owners, who report them on their personal tax returns just as they would if they owned a partnership or sole proprietorship.”

Definition from the Connecticut Secretary of the State website:

  • Trade Names (D/B/A or Sole Proprietorship): “In Connecticut, ‘Trade Name’ is the term given to an individual doing business under an assumed name, sometimes called ‘doing business as’ or ‘D/B/A’ or sole proprietorship.  Unlike business entities filed on the Connecticut Business Registry (CONCORD), the filing of a trade name does not create a separate business entity. Trade Name certificates are filed with the town clerk in the town where the business is transacted, not with the Office of the Secretary of the State.” 

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Library Materials

The Judicial Branch law libraries hold a number of items that may be helpful when researching small business law. Search the online catalog for availability and locations.

  • Connecticut Business Litigation, by Thomas J. Finn, 2nd edition, Connecticut Law Tribune.

  • Connecticut Corporation Law & Practice, by Marilyn J. Ward Ford, 2nd edition, Aspen Law & Business.

  • Connecticut Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, by Richard G. Convicer, Data Trace Legal Publishers.

  • A Guide to Connecticut Limited Liability Companies, by Mark Pruner, Connecticut Law Tribune.

  • Nolo's guide to single-member LLCs: How to form and run your single-member limited liability, by David M. Steingold, 2019, Nolo.

  • A Practical Guide to Organizing a Business in Connecticut, by Robert G. Seigel, 1st edition, MCLE

  • The Small Business Start-Up Kit, by Peri H. Pakroo, 10th edition, Nolo. .

 

Connecticut General Statutes


Selected Statutes:

Title 32 - Chapters 578 to 588gg Commerce and Economic and Community Development

Title 33 - Chapters 589 to 608 Corporations

Title 34 - Chapters 609 to 616 Limited Partnerships, Partnerships, Professional Associations, Limited Liability Companies and Statutory Trusts

Title 35 - Chapters 620 to 625 Trade Regulations, Trademarks and Collective and Certification Marks

Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies

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