Welcome to LicenseSure

LicenseSure prepares and files the papers necessary to form business entities and qualify foreign entities to do business in New York.  We are experienced and well-versed in the business and regulatory requirements that are unique to design professionals, and efficiently negotiate this complex path for you.  We charge a flat rate for our services, so there are no hourly fees for you to worry about.


What's in a Name?

When a client comes to us to form a New York business, the first step we take is to evaluate the proposed name of the entity. We confirm that no other entity in New York is already registered with the same name. Second, we make sure the proposed name complies with State laws and regulations issued by the Department of Education and the Board of Regents. There is a third layer of inquiry then, which is largely interpretational and, for that, we often get guidance from the State Education Department and that third issue has to do with a doctrine called the prohibition against corporate practice, as described below.

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In Praise of NY's Design Professional Service Corps

I am seeing a lot of action on the Design Professional Service Corporation (DPC) front. The DPC is the only entity in which New York permits non-licensed owners of architecture, engineering and other design professional firms. With most other states permitting some form of non-licensed ownership of design professional firms, New York was a bit late to the party but the DPC became a permitted entity effective January 1, 2012. As Jay Simson, President of ACEC New York, remarked at the time, “Thank you Governor Cuomo, I think the design professionals began lobbying for this when your father was Governor."

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Starting Up, A New Year

In the midst of the holiday bustle, people do in fact take time to reflect and often make plans for the upcoming year. On the professional side of life, this is the time of year when many decide a change is in order. New businesses sprout up in the early part of the year just as surely as the resolution people crowd into the gym on January 2.

If you are thinking about setting up an architecture, engineering or other design professional practice, one of your first questions should be whether you need to form a business entity...

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