Is an attorney necessary to incorporate?
Obtaining a lawyer is not a necessity to incorporate (except in South Carolina, where an attorney’s signature is required).
You can fill out and file the articles of incorporation by yourself in every other state. However, you should be completely briefed on all aspects of the law beforehand.
A good corporate attorney can be an irreplaceable resource to a small business despite the expensive hourly rates. A one-hour consultation can be very beneficial if you are unsure of the process, or if there isn’t time for research. Prepare a list of questions before the consultation.