California LLC names can't be the same as existing companies. We check government records for conflicts and use your 1st choice that's available. The name must contain "Limited Liability Company", "Limited Company", "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC", or "LC". (We'll add "LLC" after your entry, unless you specify otherwise.)
We can reserve the company name for you today in "real time" so the Secretary of State will reject any other LLC filings that try to use your chosen name. Basically, you "control" the name for 60 days. >
Reservations last 60 days and we can check up to 3 names per inquiry with the State. The 1st name you selected that's available will be reserved under your personal name.
Professional LLCs are not allowed in California. Medical & dental practices, psychiatrists, architects and other professions required to be managed by licensed & degreed professionals fall under this category. Licensed contractors, trade professions and most other licensed business activities can operate as a standard Limited Liability Company.
The majority of LLCs we form are owned by one person, or a married couple with equal shares and management rights. The choices below will abbreviate completing this form in these situations.
The member entered here will own 100% of the membership interest in the company & control 100% of the management rights.
The member can be an individual person or other legal entity (e.g. a Living Trust, a Corporation, another LLC or Organization).
Traditional & Common Law Married Couples generally own an LLC subject to the marital property laws of the State where they presently reside (not where the LLC was incorporated and not where they lived when it was formed). A married couple's shared membership interest may be owned as Joint Tenants With Right of Survivorship, Community Property, or even Separate property depending on if an antenuptial, a prenuptial agreement, Quit Claim or disclaimer exists. Ownership & management rights of other members and managers (added after formation) may also be affected.
At least one of the spouses must possess management powers.Please select which spouse will exercise management control. - OR - Select "Yes, we will list each of us as Managers" at the top of this section.
The LLC can be owned by an outside (parent) corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other legally viable entity anywhere on the globe.
California requires an "Initial Designated Office" located within the State. It does not need to be the place of the LLC's activity, or even where it receives mail, but it must be a physical street address, so don't enter a P.O. Box or "in care of" address.
This address is where the company's records are to be located. You can use a P.O. Box or other worldwide mailing address in the next step.
If the LLC has headquarters at a different location, or receives mail at an address other than the physical address, it can use a Post Office Box, a private mail box, or any other address (worldwide) to receive mail.
California LLCs are required to have a registered agent. The agent (also called "resident agent", "statutory agent" or "agent for service of process") is a person or business designated to receive official documents for the company, including service of process and notices from the state such as renewal notices. The agent must have a physical address within California. A Member or Manager of the LLC can be the agent, or you can appoint an outside person, such as a friend, a lawyer or a CPA. You can change the agent at any time for any reason.
If you designate another company to be the agent, it must be a corporation. California does not allow LLCs to be registered agents.
Please let us know who to contact with updates and status reports. The approved Articles, Organizational Action, Operating Agreement & all correspondence will be directed to this party.