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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 is a hybrid between the 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 with the Secretary of State 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 have watched the lesson on research and your LLC's name your desired LLC name must be available for use before you proceed second make sure you've 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 Georgia are called the articles of organization and the transmittal form 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 name and address of the LLC member or members we will walk you through the details of the articles of organization and transmittal form in just a couple minutes and we will make sure that you get it filled out correctly once your articles of organization and transmittal form are complete you will need to submit them to the state along with a filing fee you will find the filing fee amount the accepted forms of payment and the address where to send your documents to below this video when submitting your documents to the state you must send one original articles of organization one copy of your articles of organization and one original transmittal form an original document is one that you actually sign a copy is a duplication of the original document and it is easiest to make a copy on a copy machine however if you don't have access to a copy machine you can simply print the form again then fill it out and sign it so to repeat when submitting your documents to the state you must send one original articles of organization one copy of the articles of organization and one original transmittal form once you mail the filing fee along with your articles of organization and transmittal form the state will review and process your paperwork if there are any issues with your documents the state will mail back a letter with instructions on what needs to be corrected you will have 30 days to make these Corrections and return your documents as a state for further processing if you do not return these documents within 30 days the state will abandon your filing and keep your filing fee if there are no issues with your filing the state will send back approval for your LLC which is called the certificate of organization you'll receive the certificate within approximately 15 to 20 business days once you receive your certificate of organization your LLC is now a legally formed business in the state of Georgia the certificate of organization will contain your LLC s and D control number a number that is unique to your LLC and that you will use when filing taxes and dealing with the state please keep a copy of this document 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 have this approval once your LLC is formed paperwork with the state is not over as part of the ongoing requirements for your LLC Georgia requires that you pay an annual registration fee also depending on your type of business you'll be required to file state taxes we discuss these items in lesson six and lesson seven we are now ready to fill out the articles of organization and the transmittal form you can download these documents below the video let's get started the first document I'm going to discuss is the articles of organization this is a one-page document that 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 black ink make sure to print the document 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 you may just have the simple version called Adobe Reader and you may not have as much functionality in order to edit and type inside the document as you see here if that's the case simply print out the documents and then fill them out by hand both the articles of organization and the transmittal form do not need to be notarized alright let's get started I've already prefilled the documents in order to save time and I'm using a sample company called ABC widgets LLC and will be 10 that myself I'm the organizer the person forming the LLC and I'm also the member of the LLC we'll just call myself John Doe for these purposes at the top of the articles of organization you're essentially going to list your LLC name twice it's a little bit repetitive but it is required so underneath articles of organization you're going to fill in your LLC name make sure to include the Bree VNL LC or l dot L dot C dot the comma that you see here is optional so you can include a comma if you'd like or you can leave one out if you prefer under article one you're going to list the LLC name again and you're going to list they're going to be identical these two fields under article to management you're going to check off the last box which says management is by all the members article three duration you're going to fill in perpetual that means that the LLC is in existence until it is dissolved or shut down by the members article four is pertaining to purpose and you don't need to add anything here this is a standard clause at the bottom of the form your something going to date sign and print your name you're going to put the day of the month then the year print your name at the bottom then once you print this form out you're going to sign right where it says signature of organizer remember to either print this document twice or fill it out twice because the state requires an original signature and then a copy let's take a look at the transmittal form we're going to look at two examples of the transmittal form one where I'm going to be my own registered agent which is common if you have an address in the state and one where I've hired a commercial registered agent again I fill this document out ahead of time so let's run through the different fields underneath the first section you're going to include your email address Georgia is are pretty modern and up-to-date state and they do a lot of correspondence via email make sure to include your best email address and one that will last for many years all right let'
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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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I've studied advertising at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis and I am an expert in nanotechnology. I usually feel ditzy. My previous job was speech pathologist I held this position for 28 years, I love talking about dodgeball and observing birds. Huge fan of Kevin Spacey I practice parasailing and collect vintage guitars.
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