New Jersey Title 14A. Corporations, General 14A § 17-14

a. The corporate name of a professional corporation shall contain the full or last names of one or more of the shareholders or a name descriptive of the type of professional service in which the corporation will be engaged and shall also contain the words “chartered,” “professional association” or “a professional corporation,” or the abbreviation “P.A., “P.C.,“PA,” or “PC”.  The use of the word “company,” “corporation” or “incorporated,” or any other word, words, abbreviations, affix or prefix indicating that it is a corporation, in the corporate name of a professional corporation, other than the words “chartered,” “professional association” or “a professional corporation,” or the abbreviation “P.A., “P.C.,” “PA,” or “PC” is specifically prohibited.  It shall be permissible, however, for the corporation and the shareholders to render professional services or to exercise its authorized powers under a name which is identical to its corporate name except that the words “chartered,” “professional association” or “a professional corporation,” or the abbreviation “P.A., “P.C.,“PA,” or “PC” is omitted.  Nothing in this subsection shall limit the right of a professional corporation to use or register an alternate name pursuant to N.J.S.14A:2-2.1 , provided that the alternate name contains the full or last name of one or more of the shareholders or adequately describes the type of professional service in which the professional corporation will be engaged.

b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section, the corporate name of a professional corporation may contain the name of a deceased person only if, at the time of the person's death:

(1) that person's name was part of the corporate name;  or

(2) that person's name was part of the name of an existing partnership and at least two-thirds of that partnership's partners become shareholders of the professional corporation.


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