When you create your LLC (limited liability company), you do so by filling out and filing Articles of Organization specific to your state. The process isn’t as complicated as some legal filings, but it’s much easier when using an Articles of Organization LLC template. Becoming familiar with the template before you file can help you think about your company’s purpose and future.
What’s the difference between Articles of Organization and Articles of Incorporation?
Some people confuse the two, but Articles of Incorporation are only used to incorporate, or form a business corporation. While an LLC and C Corp both offer some protection from liability, they are not the same and have some key tax differences.
If you’re forming an LLC, you’ll need to file Articles of Organization.
What to include in your Articles of Organization
Each state has its own requirements. You’ll need to check with your state about what specific information should be included and update the template accordingly. But typically Articles of Organization include these sections:
- Entity name and type: The type is usually LLC, and the name must be unique in your state.
- Registered agent name and address: This person’s role is to accept official correspondence on behalf of your company, be available during regular business hours, and live within your state.
- Governing authority: Most LLCs are governed by its members, so these names are listed here. In some cases, there are too many members to do this, and a governing membership may be assigned.
- Purpose and provisions: State the reason for the company (to sell items for a profit, for example) and how long it will stay in existence. Explaining your purpose in more general terms allows you to add additional business activities without having to refile. Most LLCs are designed to exist in perpetuity or until dissolved.
- Name and address of the organizer: The organizer is usually the person filing the Articles of Organization with the state. Put their information here.
What to do with your Articles of Organization
Most states require you to file these with the secretary of state or the office of the commonwealth (depending on your state), and some may even accept them online. There’s usually a filing fee, which varies from state to state.
These templates are for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as either actual or constructive legal advice being given.
Linsey Knerl is a Midwest-based author, public speaker, and member of the ASJA. She has a passion for helping small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech and finance solutions.