LLC Formation Requirements
A limited liability company (LLC) is a statutory form of business association that is designed to give members (investors) limited liability as in a corporation, and federal, but not state, income tax benefits as in a partnership. The management of an LLC may be vested in its members or elected managers, but none are personally liable for its debts and are generally governed by Operating Agreements. LLCs are not required to have Board of Directors or Officers as with a corporation, but may do so. The LLC’s profits are shared amongst its members as noted in its Articles of Organization, and its distributions are handled as in a corporation A member of an LLC may freely transfer his interest in its profits and losses, but may not transfer its management without the unanimous consent of the LLC’s other members. Also, there is to be no return of a member’s capital contribution to the LLC except with the unanimous consent of its members (or upon dissolution).
An LLC may be perpetual, and it has all the powers vested in a corporation To create an LLC, you must adhere to various formalities, including the payment of a $100.00 filing fee and a $25.00 registered agent fee to the state and the drafting/ filing of the Articles, which MUST include the following:
You must file an annual report with the FL dept. of state to qualify to do business as an LLC in FL, the cost of which is $50.00 (compared to up to $550.00 as with a corporation), or else you may not bring or defend against any suit in a FL court. There are, however, few other such filing requirements. In determining which entity to operate as, an LLC or Corporation, here are some of the benefits of choosing to operate your business as an LLC:
You should remember that failure to comply with any of one the LLC formation requirements noted above could nullify the protections of LLC status. It is thus advisable that you hire a licensed Florida Business Law attorney with experience in the practice of business law to help you through the process.
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