Stuart, FL asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Florida

Q: I'm starting a business as a sole proprietor in Florida do I need a DBA to use my initial and last name?

Specifically, I'm starting a business in Florida as a sole proprietor and want my business name to be my first initial, last name, and the word "Design" e.g. A. Smith Design. Do I need a DBA for this or does this meet the requirement for use of my legal name?

Advice is greatly appreciated.

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James W. Martin
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  • Pinellas County, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: See F.S. 865.09 here:

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