• How to Form a LLC in Arizona
  • June 24, 2011 | Author: Donald W. Hudspeth
  • Law Firm: The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C. - Phoenix Office
  • Arizona LLC basics

    Start by running a name search to make sure you are not trying to incorporate your LLC under another corporation or company’s name. Although this seems simple enough, beware: Arizona deems certain words indistinguishable from other words, such as property, realty, and real estate. These rules are not explained on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website—to simplify the process, you may want to involve an Arizona LLC lawyer from the beginning.

    Once assured that your business name is unique, go to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website and follow their instructions for filing form LL0004, but be prepared. To file these Articles of Organization, you must disclose:

    • A designated name for the LLC
    • The location of its registered office
    • A statutory agent for service of process in Arizona
    • Its date of dissolution (if its existence is to terminate within a certain time frame)
    • A statement indicating if management will be exercised by managers or members
    • Names and addresses of each manager or member who is responsible for management

    Arizona LLC formation

    Once approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, you must publish your Articles of Organization in the county where your business is located. But the Articles of Organization are nothing more than a bare-bones skeleton of your business. To flesh out your business, you need an Operating Agreement signed by each member of the LLC. The Operating Agreement should cover things like banking arrangements, start-up capital and additional member contributions to the LLC, payments, salaries, accounting records and practices, the rights and duties of members and managers, and dozens of other issues that each business should address in writing.

    Where the LLC has two or more members then the Operating Agreement is key because it sets forth the ownership, management authority, and satisfies the Internal Revenue Code. With LLC's "contract trumps statute" so negotiating and having this agreement is important.

    Additionally, depending on what sort of business you create, you may need state or municipal permits and licenses.

    LLC attorneys in Arizona

    At The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, we take you through the LLC formation process from beginning to end. As Phoenix business lawyers, we understand the issues new businesses face, and can help you avoid pitfalls and problems from the very beginning. If problems do arise, we are experienced business litigators and will fiercely advocate your interests.

    The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C. - Business Law & Commercial Litigation www.AZBUSLAW.com - 866-696-2033 - "The Business of Our Firm is Business"