What Is a Certificate of Dissolution?

by Russell Huebsch - Updated September 26, 2017

To break any type of legal union, you must officially declare it with some type of notification. In the business world, you need a certificate of dissolution to dissolve a business entity.


In every state, you must file Articles of Organization to form a limited liability company or a corporation. Most states dissolve these articles through a certificate of dissolution or similarly named document, such as Articles of Dissolution.


Some states require that the corporation notify its creditors and hold a vote with the shareholders to dissolve the corporation before filing the certificate of dissolution--called a two-step state. One-step states allow corporations to either file before notifying pertinent parties or after notification, according to Small Business Notes.

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Most states refer to divorce as a dissolution of marriage and issue a certificate of dissolution.

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Russell Huebsch has written freelance articles covering a range of topics from basketball to politics in print and online publications. He graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

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