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foreign you're still in the process of registering your LLC and the last part is your articles of organization you're almost to the finish line first let's cover what exactly is your articles of organization articles of organization sometimes called certificates of organization or certificates of formation are legal documents that outline key details of your LLC they're necessary to legalize your business and prevent potential disputes between members regarding their rights duties and protection of personal assets you'll need to get an EIN set up a business bank account and lastly apply for loans the general information you must include when you file your articles of organization are business name There Are Rules around naming your LLC so for details go to your State website a street address is typically required or you can use the mailing address some people use a virtual mailbox or their home address although we don't recommend the latter list your registered agent and registered office a registered agent accepts legal notifications such as lawsuits on behalf of your LLC a registered office is a physical street address in your state where the agent is available during regular business hours statement of acceptance by a registered agent this date requires your registered agent to officially acknowledge their roles and responsibilities this refers to how long you plan for your LLC to exist most LLCs are registered under Perpetual which means that they'll operate until further notice or essentially until the LLC dissolves this is a safe bet describe the management structure of your LLC if it's a member managed LLC that means all members share the managerial workload and run the business together if it's a manager managed LLC it appoints one manager or a group of managers to handle the day-to-day operations members are the owners of the LLC not all states require you to list the members information but if your state requires it list the name and addresses of the owners in this section list the kind of business your LLC plans to conduct in most cases you can just State a general purpose however some states may require you to list specific business activities for example car repair auto shop and maintenance liability your business debts here you will provide a declaration that none of your members owners or managers of the LLC are personally liable for its business debts organizer this will often be yourself an organizer is a person who signs and submits the articles of organization to the Secretary of State this can be a member manager or any person appointed to do the paperwork in conclusion filing your articles of organization is an essential step in forming your LLC remember before filing to find yourself a registered agent virtual post meals registered agent service is included at no charge in every state that we have a location save over one hundred dollars a year compared to using a dedicated registered agent service be sure to check out our other videos on llc's
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the following information is provided for educational purposes only and in no way constitutes legal tax or financial advice for legal tax or financial advice specific to your business needs we encourage you to consult with a licensed attorney and/or CPA in your state the following information is copyright protected no part of this lesson may be redistributed copied modified or adapted without prior written consent of the author a limited liability company abbreviated LLC is a hybrid between a corporation and a partnership an LLC protects your assets in the event of a lawsuit in order to form your LLC you must file LLC formation documents and pay the state filing fee once your documents are approved and sent back to you your LLC is now in existence and authorized to do business in the state before completing your LLC formation documents you need to have two things completed first make sure you've watched the lesson on researching your LLC's name your desired LLC name must be available for use before you proceed second make sure you have watched the lesson on registered agent and that you've made your selection now let's discuss your LLC formation documents the name of the LLC formation documents for the state of North Carolina are called the articles of organization and the cover sheet these documents are not complicated and they contain basic information including listing your registered office and registered agent they will also require you to list your LLC's name and the names and addresses of your LLC's members we will walk you through the details of the articles of organization and the cover sheet in just a couple minutes and we will make sure that you get it filled out correctly once your articles of organization and cover sheet are complete you will need to mail them to the state along with the filing fee you will find the filing fee amount the accepted forms of payment and the address where to mail your documents to listed below this video you will also be able to download both the articles of organization and the cover sheet just look below this video and you'll see the download links once you mail your articles of organization and your cover sheet along with the filing fee the state will review and process your documents if there are any issues with your filing the state will notify you by mail or by email telling you what Corrections need to be made the state will also hold your filing fee until they receive your corrected documents if there are no issues with your filing your LLC will be approved in seven to ten days once your LLC is approved you'll receive back a certified copy of your articles of organization by mail or by email this confirms your LLC is now a legally formed business in the state of North Carolina please keep the certified copy of your articles of organization with your business records do not order your EIN also known as your federal tax ID number or start to use your LLC for any business purposes until you receive this approval once your LLC is approved paperwork with the state is not over as a part of the ongoing requirements for your LLC North Carolina requires that you file an annual report and pay a yearly fee also depending on your type of business you will be required to file state taxes we will discuss these items in later lessons we are now ready to fill out the articles of organization and the cover sheet you can download these documents below this video let's get started let's first take a look at the cover sheet since this is a simpler document and is just one page please note that this form can be filled out on the computer or it can be printed and filled out by hand if you fill it out by hand please use blue or black ink also make sure to print these documents on white paper that is letter sized that's your standard eight and a half by eleven inches also I have a professional version of Adobe Acrobat with lots of functionality you likely have the free version of Adobe Reader however you should still be able to type inside the document but if you have any issues again simply print out the document and then fill it out by hand also one more important thing to make note of below this video you will find the most up-to-date mailing address and filing fee information at the time of this recording the mailing address that you see in this video may be outdated so please use the address that we have listed below this video alright let's get started in the first section under personal name you're going to list your name I'm going to be using dummy information just as an example I filled in John Doe next you're going to enter your phone number under business name you're going to put the name of your LLC remember to include the designator LLC or L dot l dot C dot here's my sample company ABC widgets you'll notice here I've used a comma the comma is optional so you can leave one in if you'd like or you can leave it out if you prefer next you're going to enter your mailing address on two lines next you're going to enter your email address and your fax number if you have one for this example I'm not going to include the facts since email is fine under customer reference number you can leave this blank as it's not applicable next we have a check one for two different sections here the first is about the speed of your filing the regular process here is what I'm going to go with which is seven to ten days however if you need an expedited filing and you need your LLC approved quicker than that you can do a 24 hour guarantee or a same-day guarantee for an additional $100 or an additional two hundred dollars again for this example and what most people usually do is just go with the regular process seven to ten days is fine in the next section we're going to select how we would like to receive our certified copy of the articles of organization that's the approval of the LLC in this case I'm going to select a notification to be notified at this email address however if you'd like to receive it by mail just go ahead and check off mail to above again I'm going to check off notification special notes you can leave blank unless you have something specific you need to mention to the state however in this example I do not and then in the next section under filings only and orders only these you can leave blank these are for the state and they will fill that out when they receive this document again pretty simple you're just going to list your name your phone number the name of the LLC your physical mailing address your email address and then check at which speed you'd like your LLC approved and then how you'd like that approval whether by mail or by email you're going to print this document out you don't need to sign it simply just print it out and we're going to include this with the articles of organization alright let's shift gears and let's take a look at the articles of organization okay here we are in the articles of organization this is a three-page PDF document page one has instructions and pages two and three are the actual form feel free to read through the instructions if you'd like but we've already cove
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