1What are the state requirements for company names?
Naming rules for LLCs are state-dependent. Some words may be prohibited and some words may be required. Required company indicators include the LLC, L.L.C. or Limited Liability Company or variations thereof listed in the LLC Designator dropdown menu.
2What if I don't want anyone to know the business address?
Many states do not require a business address at all, and many of those that do only require a post office box. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If you are uncomfortable providing a business address at this time, you may leave the fields blank and Launch by LegalShield will contact you if there are any issues.
3Does this address have to be in the state of formation?
Of the states that require a business address, only a few states require the business address to be within the state. Launch by LegalShield audits each order for business address requirements prior to filing documents. If your entry does not satisfy your particular state’s filing requirements, Launch by LegalShield will contact you for an acceptable address.
4What is a Registered Agent?
It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or LLC who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent is designated to be responsible for receiving and forwarding lawsuits and other critical legal and tax documents on behalf of the company.
5Does the registered agent need to be a member of the LLC?
No, the Registered Agent does not need to be a member of the LLC, but must be an adult individual (or qualified commercial registered agent service), not the LLC itself, with a physical address in the state of filing.
6Why are P.O. boxes not allowed?
A Registered Agent is responsible for receiving any legal papers on behalf of the LLC, and often legal documents must be hand delivered to a physical address and accepted by an individual. Therefore, almost all states require that the agent’s address be a street address where the agent is physically located during standard business hours.
7Can the agent be in another state?
No, the registered agent must have a physical address in the state in which your are filing.
8Who counts as a "member" of an LLC?
A member of an LLC is listed in the company’s Articles of Organization and/or in an internal Operating Agreement. Members may include individuals, corporations, other LLCs and foreign entities. Most states also permit “single member” LLCs, those having only one owner. A member usually contributes financially or otherwise to the company, has voting rights and shares in the profit of the company.
9Can we add or remove LLC members later?
LLC members can be added or removed later by a decision of the current members, usually by vote. This should be outlined in the LLC Operating Agreement (the internal governing document). When the business adds or removes members, the business must reflect this in the information sent to the state. Some people submit these changes in their annual report, but some submit an Article of Amendment to their Articles of Organization to the state. Launch by LegalShield can file Amendments and Annual Reports for your LLC.
10How many members can an LLC have?
Most states have no limit on the number of members an LLC can have. Members may include individuals, corporations, other LLCs and foreign entities. Most states also permit “single member” LLCs or those having only one owner.
11What are the government filing fees?
These are state-dependent required government filing fees that Launch by LegalShield passes directly to the appropriate government agency.