Client Contact Information

Please advise who we should contact for the purpose of forming this LLC. The party listed here will be our client, and all correspodence will be directed to the person whose name is entered here.

What is the name of the LLC?

Let us know what name you wish to use for the LLC. Give us up to 3 names & we'll run a search for you at the Secretary of State to ensure no conflicts exist. If there is a conflict, we will check your 2nd & 3rd choices in that order.

California LLC names need to include the words "Limited
Liability Company", "Ltd. Liability Company" or these
abbreviations: "LLC", "L.L.C.".
What is the LLC's address?

This needs to be a physical street address. Do not enter a post office box or mail box address. It must be located inside California.

The Secretary of State will mail compliance reminders, correspondence and notices to this address.

Will you be your own Registered Agent?

Most business owners prefer to be THEIR OWN AGENT for their LLC. They don't want to pay annual fees & forwarding costs to someone else to receive free compliance reminders from the State - and because THEY want to be the party receiving legal notices (like employee garnishments or tax notifications) for the company - not a lawyer or some person or company they haven't even met.

Paralegal Plus will provide this service to you for $135.00 annually.
You only need to hire an agent if you don't have a street address in California.
What is the LLC's business activity or function?

Please advise what nature of business the entity will conduct.

Examples: investment holding, contractor, film producer.
Who are the LLC Members and Managers?

A party with ownership rights to profits, and who has legal rights to manage the Company should be designated as BOTH a Member and Manager here.

If they have the right to manage, control and vote, but have no legal rights to receive profits, then they should be designated as a MANAGER here.

Designate the party as a MEMBER here, if they have the right to receive profits, but not to manage or control the LLC (such as with a passive investor).

Is this party a Member (owner) a Manager or both?


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Is this party a Member (owner) a Manager or both?

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Please provide at least one name for your company. You can provide up to three in order of preference. This saves time in the formation process if there are conflicts with using the first choice.

The name of a California LLC must be appended with the words "Limited Liability Company", "Ltd. Liability Co.", or the abbreviations "LLC" or "L.L.C."

The most commonly used designation is the company name followed by a comma and then LLC. (e.g. "YOUR COMPANY, LLC")

Being the agent does not in itself give the person any
ownership interest or management rights to the company.

Please do not enter a post office box address.

You can add as many as four LLC Managers in this section.
List all persons who have management rights, even if they are not owners.

An LLC Manager does not necessarilly have
a legal right to profits (Members do),
but Managers do have management powers.

If the Manager has a legal right to receive profits from the LLC they are also a Member (owner).

This number should INCLUDE the Managers
that have ownership rights.

Select this if there is one owner and the sole owner is the only person who will have any management rights.

Choose this if all owners will share management rights equally regardless of their profit share.

(Typical of a Husband & Wife LLC where both spouses control the company, or where 2 or more "partners" want to manage the company equally)

You can allocate the owner's management rights in different percentage amounts.
For example, one Member can control 50% of management and voting rights while a second Member controls 35% and a third Member controls 15%.

Members can split their management rights in percentages regardless of profit sharing and capital contributions.

For example, Tom and Rick want to share profits 50/50, but Tom is to exercise 75% of management and control over the LLC.

Tom's management rights should be specified as 75% and Rick's as 25% so we can prepare the Operating Agreement accordingly.

Select this if you want to distribute
LLC profits to owners in percentages

(e.g. 45% allocation to Member 1;
33% to Member 2; 22% to Member 3).

Enter the percentage of profits this Member has a legal right to receive.

This option is for distributing profits in proportion to the value of each member's initial and (or) continuing contribution to the LLC.

Member 1 makes a capital contribution of $6000,
Member 2 promises a contribution of $3000,
Member 3 contributes $3000.

The Operating Agreement apportions profits as follows:
50% attributed to Member 1; 25% to Member 2; 25% to Member 3.

We're looking for the fair market value of the Cash, Property and (or) Services of the Member's initial contribution to the LLC so we can calculate the member's share of profits.

For example, 2 members start an LLC.
Member 1 contributes $4000 and Member 2 contributes $8000.

The Operating Agreement will provide for profits to be distributed in proportion to each member's contribution:
one-third of the profits to the first member and two-thirds to the second.