Because each state has different corporate laws, speaking with an attorney licensed in Massachusetts is necessary. Many states, though, allow businesses chartered in a different jurisdiction to also register as a foreign entity in that state, avoiding the need to dissolve a business in one state and re-establish that same business in a different state and face potential tax consequences. However, even if a business registers as a foreign entity in a new state, the laws of that new state may pose additional requirements, including, special licensing or trademark/tradename registration in the new state. The Secretary of State of Massachusetts can provide the requisite forms and fee information for registering as a foreign entity in Massachusetts.
Importantly, only an attorney licensed in Massachusetts is capable of confirming whether or not merely registering as a foreign entity in Massachusetts is sufficient. As with all corporate issues, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
** This statement contains general legal information only, and none of the information in this statement should be deemed legal advice or should be acted upon without prior consultation with appropriate professional advisors.