Can I bring the form directly to
the LA County Recorder?
Yes. If you have time to drive to Norwalk, and wait in line.
Can I mail the form directly to
the LA County Recorder?
Sure. If you have 6 weeks to wait for them to mail it back to you.
Look at it this way; you would pay us $50 just to publish it, and the
County fee is $23 which you also pay. Our Santa Monica office receives
more than 10 DBA's in an average week. . So you could say you pay $32
to us to wait in line and drive for you. ($50 + 23 + 32 = $105).
What might cause them to reject
There are many possible reasons, the most frequent being strikeouts or
cross outs on the form.
Will you provide me with
proof that I published my DBA?
After publishing it 4 times as required by law, we file a Proof of
Publication with the LA County Recorder. They compare it to the
original, and mail it back to you in about 10 weeks. Again, you need
not wait this long to get a copy of the newspaper, which of course also
proves you published your DBA.
Do I need to check and see if
the name is available?
We're a newspaper. For information on intellectual property, you should
consult with an attorney. The L.A. County Recorder will let us file any
Fictitious Business Name you choose, but they recommend that you avoid
choosing a name someone else already has. If you want to see if anyone
else has already recorded the same name, click on this link. The filing
of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of
a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under
Federal, State, or common law (See section 14411 at seq. Business and
Profession Code). Speaking of lawyers, you may wish to consult with
one. Again, we are a newspaper, not a law firm.
Do I need to pay someone else to
publish my DBA?
No. You already paid us to publish it! So, if after you pay us, a
newspaper solicits you to publish your DBA in their paper; don't pay
them, you already paid us.
How can I get a Federal Taxpayer
Taxpayer Identification Numbers (i.e., Employer Identification Numbers
or EINs), are available online. Click here to apply for an
Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online.
Do you do other types of legal
Yes, we do Petitions for Change of Name, Service by Publication of
Summons, Petition to Probate Estate, Notice of Auction, Notice of Bulk
Sale, Notice of Trustee Sale, and other legal notices in Santa Monica
and Los Angeles County. Call us for details at (310) 452-9900.
Do you do incorporations and
We can assist your efforts to file corporations and Limited Liability
Companies (LLCs). An attorney is not required to form a corporation,
however, if you are unsure of the proper procedures or if you need
advice about establishing or operating a corporation, you should
contact private legal counsel. Note that we are not a law firm, and do
not offer legal advice as to what type of business formation, would be
right for you.
How can I do a Statement of
Withdrawal from Partnership, or Notice of Abandonment of Fictitious
Click on this link to download the Statement of Withdrawal from Partnership Operating
Under Fictitious Business Name Form.
Click on this link to download the Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business