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Do-It-Yourself and Full-Service Incorporation Solutions Now Available On SmartOnline.com.

Smart Online Integrates the Company Corporation's Full-Service Solutions Into

Its Web-Based Smart Incorporator Application

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Smart Online, Inc., a leading Internet Business Services (IBS) provider, and The Company Corporation, the leading online provider of incorporation services, today announce a powerful partnership. For the first time, entrepreneurs can make an educated choice between do-it-yourself and full-service incorporation services using the Web. Because of this partnership, users of SmartOnline.com or its syndicated partner sites now have the option to incorporate their businesses themselves, or have SmartOnline.com incorporate their businesses for them.

Since SmartOnline.com's launch, users have employed Smart Incorporator to create legal entities that limit their personal financial and tax liabilities. Smart Incorporator is an interactive, Web-based software application that offers updated, state-specific information, resources, and guidance for forming an "S" corporation, "C" corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), and Limited Partnership in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This full-featured, user-friendly application provides instructions and tips to assist users in preparing Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, and Certificates of Partnership, and maintaining other legal documentation. The application automatically generates state-specific documents ready for filing, and provides relevant information such as applicable fees, current names and addresses for mailing forms to the proper state authorities, relevant corporate tax requirements, and other state- specific information.

Users can store these documents in a private "virtual filing cabinet" on Smart Online's secure servers for future reference, and can access them from anywhere using a Web browser. Further, as state agencies begin to accept electronic filings, SmartOnline.com will offer the ability to use Smart Incorporator to file digital documents with the appropriate state agency.

As users browse the information available in Smart Incorporator and begin the incorporation process, questions may arise. For this purpose, SmartOnline.com offers its small-business experts. Experts are available in several fields, including incorporation, legal, and business expansion. Questions e-mailed to SmartOnline.com experts are typically answered within 48 business hours. Experts, combined with Smart Incorporator, and now The Company Corporation's offerings, provide users a comprehensive solution that is a first on the Web.

Through Smart Online's partnership with The Company Corporation, SmartOnline.com now offers turnkey incorporation services. Various levels of services are offered; users can select from three full-service incorporation packages, plus a-la-carte products and services that automate all aspects of forming a legal entity. In addition, The Company Corporation offers a toll- free telephone number by which users can ask questions and receive additional guidance.

"SmartOnline.com empowers users with the information and interactive forms they need to incorporate a business themselves," states Bill Whitley, vice president, business development, Smart Online. "Our partnership with The Company Corporation allows SmartOnline.com to assist users who prefer to have a company with one hundred years of experience undertake the incorporation process on their behalf."

"By offering users several packages for incorporation with varying levels of service, users can control their costs by deciding how much assistance they feel comfortable with," states John Miller, business development manager, The Company Corporation. "For over one hundred years we've assisted entrepreneurs in realizing their dreams. The partnership with Smart Online is a natural fit. Their technical expertise and infrastructure enabled us to integrate our offerings quickly and seamlessly into the Smart Incorporator app. The combination of our service packages with the immense amount of information and self-services that SmartOnline.com offers truly provides the resources needed for both 'do-it-yourselfers' and those seeking a premium, turnkey solution."

About The Company Corporation

Since 1899, the legal, financial and entrepreneurial communities have turned to The Company Corporation's family of companies for their incorporation and business services.

With more than 25 offices across the country, The Company Corporation and its affiliated companies, provides the most extensive coverage of any business in our industry. We service thousands of clients daily, providing a wide range of corporate services including: filing corporations, formation of limited liability companies, uniform commercial code searches (UCC), registered agent services, corporate kits, publications, plus many other small business and corporate services including domain name registrations, Web site development, and trademark services. For more information about The Company Corporation please visit the company's Web site at http://www.corporate.com

About Smart Online

Smart Online, Inc. is a leading Internet Business Services (IBS) provider and business-to-business e-marketplace developer. SmartOnline.com empowers users with Web-based software applications and information resources. Smart Online is a privately held company with headquarters in Durham, N.C., and offices in Charlotte, N.C., Northern California, the United Kingdom, and France. For more information about Smart Online, Inc. please visit the company's Web site at http://www.smartonline.com

Smart Online is a registered trademark of Smart Online, Inc. Other terms and product names in this document may be trademarks of others.
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