What is Articles of Organization
The are perhaps one of the most important parts of forming your .
In this article we are going to learn all about . and how to successfully file them to create your
What is ?
In simple terms, the are what outline the basic details about your .
You could even say they are like your companies birth .
The are sometimes confused with but they are not the same thing.
An is not legally binding and are not a mandatory requirement for most states.
are part of a formal used to establish a ( ) at the state level.
The are used to create the rights, powers, duties, liabilities, and other obligations between each member of an and also between the and its members.
The is most often referred to as the “ ” but can sometimes be referred to as “ of formation” or “ of .”
This along with the payment of your state are what officially create your .
What is included in the ?
Although all generally require the same basic , requirements may vary slightly from state to state.
Along with the certificates, you will need to provide the following :
- Full names, addresses, and contact for all founding members of the .
- of the – if your has multiple addresses, you will need to choose one that will be your official .
- Length of time the has been in or has existed
- (learn more about here).
- Description of ‘s
- about the – mission statement and explanation of purpose
Once created, the documents can be sent in via mail or online.
Once in a while, can be rejected but this is almost always because there is an issue with the name chosen.
Every state has their own requirements for choosing a name, but in general, they follow these guidelines:
- Name must include “ “” “L.L.C.” or the phrase “
- The name cannot include words that could interfere or be confused with a government agency such as FBI, CIA, Treasury, etc.
- Certain words such as “bank” or “attorney” may require approval and additional paperwork.
Keep that in mind when choosing a name so that you don’t risk your being rejected.
If you already formed your in another state and are now expanding to a different state, then you will be completing an “Application to Register” rather than an .
You are going to be registering an existing as a “foregin ” or .
are filed with a state government, but many counties and cities also have their own licensing and zoning requirements.
Each must meet the specific requirements for the area in which it will do .
Some industries, most notably food service and child care, are more heavily regulated than others.
Many states will provide a “file-in-the-blank” form for filling out and .
Each state has its own state which you can lookup by state here.
Can you Change Your ?
The answer is yes, you can change your ‘s .
This is called a which is simply a modified version of the original.
Some reasons could be a or physical update, change in or , change in , add or remove an or , or of the ,
Once your articles are filed and approved, they become a . and your become a
Your are bound by the state laws under which they were formed.
If you need help forming your and would like help with your , there are formation service providers that can assist. or
formation services specialize in just that, forming businesses.
They streamline the process for you and are there to answer questions, fix mistakes, and help with legal advice and needs.
Many of them even take care of your yearly maintenance and filings for you and offer as well.
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Forms.in.gov "Articles of Organization Dometic Limited Liability" Page 1. April 7, 2021