Ok, I went through my first season without being legal. I did not know it untill I found out on this site and because its not legal, I havent advertised for fall work yet. I know I have to get the business license and tax I/D number and a checking account under the businesses name. My problem: I got the name registered. My mom went downtown and registered it but she registered it under my dads name. Now, Does the name have to be registered in my name for me to carry on with the next steps? Or is it enough that it is registered by someone in the family? Does it make it my business or will my dad be the legal owner if I leave it this way? Also, Can you legally ad words and phrases describing you business such as Landscape managment, Lawn care services and so on..... Or do you have to register it when you register the name?