Articles of Organization (sometimes called Certificates of Organization or Certificates of Formation) are the document by which limited liability companies, known as LLCs, are established, state by state. In order to begin any official business in any state, you must let the local government of that state know that you plan to do business there. Many small- to medium-sized business opt to form limited liability companies. Sometimes, even one-person businesses choose to form limited liability companies to protect their assets in a certain way.
Every state has different requirements for the contents of the Articles of Organization and most states also have unique filing requirements that must be met to properly establish your new LLC. The Articles of Organization is not generally a very complicated document. You don't need to have too much information already established about how you plan to do business. The only real requirements for Articles of Organization across most states are that the document sets out basic information about your new LLC like the LLC's name, address, registered agent, and structure.
Articles of Organization do vary immensely across states, however, so make sure you choose your correct state of business for the LLC.
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You can use this document once you've decided to form a Limited Liability Company. These Articles of Organization will help you compile all the information you need in your specific state. Be aware, however, that some states have extra requirements for their Articles of Organization filing, such as the accompaniment of a cover letter or an extra consent form. This means that while this document will be what you need for the actual Articles of Organization, you may require additional documents to complete the formation of your LLC, which are not provided here. Before you attempt to complete any filing for your Articles of Organization, check the requirements of your specific state carefully.
In this document, you will enter the identifying details of the LLC such as name and address. You'll also be able to choose whether your LLC will be a professional LLC, made up of members who are subject to professional regulations in their careers (like physicians or attorneys). If your LLC is a Professional LLC (also sometimes called just a PLLC), the structure of the document may change a bit to ensure that it continues meeting all necessary requirements.
Articles of Organization are subject to the laws of individual states. There is no one federal law covering the requirements for Articles of Organization. This is because each individual state governs the businesses formed within that state.
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