What is an LLC organizer? What do they do?
An LLC organizer is a person (or company) that is responsible for the formation and filing of the LLC documentation with the state and other agencies to ensure proper LLC formation.
An LLC organizer’s duties can vary from state to state, but generally, their most important function is to ensure the Articles of Organization are filed correctly and within the state’s laws. In some states, Articles of Organization are referred to as a Certificate of Organization or a Certificate of Formation.
Typically, Articles of Organization are filed with and approved by the Secretary of State, or another company registrar. These documents include the LLC’s name and registered address as well as a list of its members, among other information. Once they have filed the Articles of Organization, an organizer’s duties are usually complete.
Who can be an organizer for an LLC?
Generally, an organizer can be any person or entity that prepares and files the Articles of Organization on behalf of an LLC. An organizer is often a member of the LLC, but does not have to be. Examples of LLC organizers include:
- Another member of the LLC
- Business formation services (like ZenBusiness)
- Family members
- A registered agent
- Another third party that prepares and files the documents required to establish an LLC
Most states require that individuals serving as LLC organizers be at least 18 years of age or older. States have few other rules or regulations regarding who is legally allowed to serve as an LLC organizer.
What is the difference between an organizer and a member of an LLC?
An LLC organizer is distinct from an LLC member. An LLC member is defined as an individual or entity holding a membership interest. LLC members are responsible for the company’s operations and administration. An LLC organizer is the individual or entity responsible for facilitating the technical formation of an LLC on behalf of the LLC. This person doesn’t have to be a member of the limited liability company.
Benefits of using a professional business formation service
There are several benefits of hiring a professional business formation service. An experienced business organizer can help you file paperwork correctly the first time, avoiding costly mistakes like having your paperwork rejected. They can also save you time. The benefits of ZenBusiness’s service include:
- We can ensure your business name is available before filing. If it’s unavailable, we will contact you to find a good alternative.
- We submit and verify your Articles of Organization and any other required paperwork to the state to file your business.
- Our business filing experts are available by chat or phone during business hours to provide support throughout the entire process.
Is there liability associated with being an LLC organizer?
Generally, an LLC organizer has no other duties or responsibilities related to the limited liability company after filing the Articles of Organization. Unless they’re otherwise involved with the LLC, such as being a member of the LLC, organizers have no requirements other than to prepare and file the Articles of Organization.
ZenBusiness offers business formation services and can take on the role of LLC organizer for you by filing your Articles of Organization. Our business filing experts can help ensure your documents are compliant with state law and filed in a timely manner.
LLC Organizer FAQs
- Who should be an LLC organizer?
Any person or legal entity authorized to do so by members of an LLC may be an LLC organizer. However, we recommend having a business formation service like ZenBusiness serve as your LLC organizer because formation services have expertise in filing Articles of Organization.
- Can I be my own LLC organizer?
Yes, you can be your own LLC organizer. If authorized to do so by the members of the LLC, any entity or person 18 years of age or older may serve as an organizer of a limited liability company.
- Can the registered agent and organizer be the same?
LLC organizers and registered agents are not one and the same. However, LLC organizers can act as the LLC’s registered agent in some states.
- Does using an Organizer mean that my business details are kept anonymous?
No, an LLC organizer’s duties can vary from state to state, but generally, their most important function is to ensure the Articles of Organization are filed correctly and within the state’s laws.
- What is the difference between a member and an organizer?
An LLC member is an individual or entity holding a membership interest in a limited liability company. An LLC organizer is the individual or entity responsible for filing the paperwork with the state to form a limited liability company.
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