Steps to Amend a Louisiana Articles of Organization
Do you have a Louisiana limited liability company (LLC) and think it’s time to switch things up? You’re free to make changes to your company, but you have to notify the state about certain changes to remain legally compliant. Read on to learn how to keep the state up to date about your business by filing an amendment to your Louisiana LLC’s Articles of Organization and our services that can help.
What are Louisiana Articles of Organization?
Before you can get down to any business as an LLC, you need to file Articles of Organization with the state. The Articles of Organization let the state and the public know what your company is and what it does. In your Articles of Organization, you must include:
- Your LLC’s name
- Your LLC’s purpose (you can just say that the LLC’s purpose is to engage in lawful activity)
- A statement about whether your LLC is a low-profit LLC
While not required, you can include additional information, such as LLC management and membership information and a dissolution date.
Unlike some states, Louisiana also requires you to file an Initial Report to start your LLC. An Initial Report must contain:
- The location and address of the LLC’s registered office
- The names and addresses of the LLC’s registered agents
- An affidavit of acknowledgment and acceptance that’s signed by each registered agent and notarized
- The names and addresses of each member or manager who manages the LLC
It’s easy to see how any of this information could change over time, and the state has a process for letting them know about changes.
If you haven’t started your LLC yet and you need help with the process, you can visit our Louisiana LLC formation service page for more information.
Step 1: Determine if you need to change your Louisiana Articles of Organization
Keeping the information in your Articles of Organization current keeps your business legal so you can enjoy the protections and benefits of your LLC. Keeping the information in your Initial Report updated serves the same purpose.
Without filing a Louisiana LLC amendment, you run the risk of your company becoming invisible to potential patrons and investors. If you included rules about LLC management in your Articles of Organization and you want to change them, it’s important to amend them as well.
In your Initial Report, you provide information about your registered agent, registered office, and location. These pieces of information help ensure that you receive important legal notices and business documents in a timely manner. If you don’t report changes to this information, you risk missing important legal and business deadlines or notices. If you need help finding a registered agent who works for your business’s needs, you can use our Louisiana registered agent service to help you find one.
Once your LLC makes certain changes, you need to file your Articles of Amendment with the Secretary of State.
Step 2: Identify what to change in your Louisiana Articles of Organization
You must report changes through Articles of Amendment when:
- The LLC name changes
- There’s incorrect or false information in the Articles of Organization
- The LLC stops being a low-profit LLC (if applicable)
- Members want to change statements in the Articles of Organization to properly reflect their agreements
Unless you wrote different provisions in your Articles of Organization or operating agreement, you need a majority vote of LLC members to amend the Articles of Organization.
Step 3: Gather information for filing your Louisiana amendment
After your LLC properly votes to adopt an amendment, a member or manager has to sign the Articles of Amendment. The signed Articles of Amendment must contain:
- The LLC name
- The date
- The LLC address
- Any required LLC name adjustment (e.g., L.L.C., L.C., or Limited Liability Company)
- The amendment (be specific)
- The adoption method for the amendment
- The filing fee
- A Certificate of Good Standing or a Certificate of Existence
If you need to update your registered agent or registered office, you have to file a separate Change of Registered Office or Agent – Louisiana Limited Liability Company form.
Step 4: File your Louisiana amendment
Some forms and all fees to file a Louisiana LLC Articles of Amendment or change a registered agent or office are available at sos.la.gov. You can file your updates online, by mail, by fax, or in person.
If you feel overwhelmed by these update procedures, don’t fret. We offer a Worry-Free Compliance service that stays on top of your filings for you, making this process much easier.
Louisiana Articles of Amendment vs. Statement of Correction
While Louisiana law requires you to file Articles of Amendment to correct any false or inaccurate information in your Articles of Organization, you can correct signing or record errors in any of your business documents by filing a Certificate of Correction (i.e., Statement of Correction). You file your Certificate of Correction with the Secretary of State and you need to include:
- The title of the document you’re correcting
- Names of all parties to the corrected document
- The date your LLC filed the document you’re correcting
- The original and corrected provisions in the document
- A statement regarding how the signing of the document was defective (if applicable)
Depending on who manages your LLC, your Certificate of Correction needs to be signed by a member or a manager. You can file your Certificate of Correction by mail or in person, and the current filing fee amount is available on the Secretary of State’s website.
Rely on us to keep your Louisiana LLC current
Using all resources available to you is one of the best ways to run a successful and stress-free business. We offer several services to help you keep your business running smoothly. These services include our Worry-Free Compliance service and our amendment filing service. Our Worry-Free Compliance service handles up to two amendments for you per year, and our amendment filing service prepares and submits certain changes to your business information on your behalf.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
- Do I need an attorney to amend my Articles of Organization in Louisiana?
No, generally you just need a proper vote from your members and a signature by one of your members or managers (depending on who manages the LLC). If you need to change your registered agent, you need an affidavit from that agent, a notarization, and the notary’s information.
- What business changes can be reported in a Louisiana LLC Articles of Amendment form?
With Articles of Amendment, you can report LLC name changes, corrections to incorrect or false information in the Articles of Organization, changes in low-profit LLC status, and any information members want to change to properly reflect their agreements.
- Are Louisiana LLC Articles of Amendment the same as an annual report?
No. Louisiana annual reports require you to provide information about your members, registered agents, and registered office. Articles of Organization don’t require this information, so you generally don’t need Articles of Amendment to change it. Also, you file annual reports on your LLC’s anniversary date, but you file Articles of Amendment whenever there’s a change.
- How long does it take to file LLC Articles of Amendment in Louisiana?
If you pay an additional expedited filing fee, the Secretary of State processes your information within 24 hours. Otherwise, the process takes longer.
- What will I receive from the State of Louisiana when the LLC Articles of Amendment are filed?
If you leave a mailing address or telephone number with the Secretary of State, you can receive a notification when the processing of your Articles of Amendment is complete.
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