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If you’ve been considering starting a business that has the limited liability of a corporation with the flexibility of a partnership, you may be ready to start a limited liability company (LLC).
To start an LLC in Missouri, you’ll need to file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. Below we outline the information you will need to draft and file your state of Missouri Articles of Organization so that your new LLC is legally compliant.
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You’ll need to gather the following information about your prospective LLC to prepare and file your State of Missouri Articles of Organization.
First, you must state the name of your LLC for the Articles of Organization in Missouri. You can choose just about any name you’d like as long as you follow Missouri’s LLC naming rules. In Missouri, LLC names must contain one of the following terms:
The name you select must also be distinguishable from the names of other Missouri businesses. Check with the Secretary of State for more detailed rules for naming your LLC.
Then, you’ll check with the Secretary of State in Missouri to see if the name you’d like is available. Because name availability can change from moment to moment, you may want to reserve your prospective name. You can file a Name Reservation request with a filing fee online or by mail.
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Your Missouri Articles of Association must state the purpose of your LLC. You may state a specific purpose related to the business you plan to do, or you can state a general purpose. If you’d like to state a general purpose, you may say that you’ll generally conduct business activities legally permitted in Missouri.
Next, you’ll need to state the name and address of your registered agent. A registered agent is a person or entity that agrees to accept legal documents, or service of process, on behalf of your LLC. A person or a registered agent company can act as your LLC’s registered agent. The registered agent must have an address in Missouri and accept legal documents during regular business hours.
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Next, you’ll decide how the LLC will be managed and indicate that in your Articles of Organization. Essentially, this means that you must state who will be managing your LLC’s ongoing business and who can legally obligate the company.
A Missouri LLC can be member-managed or manager-managed. In a member-managed LLC, the members of the LLC manage the business and can legally bind the LLC. A member-managed LLC is the most common.
In a manager-managed LLC, the members select managers who will take care of the business’s daily operations. This is useful if some of the LLC members would like to be passive investors rather than have to worry about the day-to-day business operations of the LLC.
In the Articles of Organization for an LLC in Missouri, you must also state the duration of your LLC. The LLC duration is how long it will last. You can say that the LLC will be in perpetual duration, which means that it will last until the members decide to dissolve it. You can also limit how long it will last or select an event that will cause it to end. Most Articles of Organization in Missouri state that the LLC will have a perpetual duration.
Next, you must state the name and address of your LLC’s organizers for your Articles of Organization in Missouri. The LLC organizer is the person who prepares and files formation documents with the Secretary of State like Articles of Organization.
You must select the type of LLC you’re forming in the Articles of Organization for an LLC in Missouri. You may form a regular business LLC or create a series LLC. If you want to set up a series LLC, you must fill out and attach a specific form to your MO LLC Articles of Organization.
Creating a series LLC is essentially like setting up a bunch of smaller LLCs under the umbrella of a primary LLC. Each series has its own members, managers, and assets. One of the benefits of a series LLC is that it can be protected from any claims against the parent LLC or its series LLC siblings if it’s properly set up.
Missouri Articles of Organization for an LLC are effective on the date filed with the Secretary of State. You can, however, select a future date for your LLC to become effective. The future date you choose must fall within 90 days of filing.
Lastly, you’ll attach any additional documents that you’ll need to complete your State of Missouri Articles of Organization. For example, if you’ve decided to start a series LLC, you must fill out and attach a form provided by the Missouri Secretary of State. You must include one of these forms for each LLC in the series.
After you’ve compiled the above information, you’re now ready to file your Missouri Articles of Organization for your LLC. You’ll file the Articles of Organization with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.
In Missouri, you can file Articles of Organization online or by mail. Be sure to include your filing fee. If you’re filing the Articles of Organization by mail, be sure to sign them and include an address where the Secretary of State can send the proof of registration.
You’ll have to complete additional steps after filing your MO LLC Articles of Organization to comply with the Missouri regulations.
Missouri requires that all LLCs have an operating agreement. An operating agreement describes the details of how your LLC will operate. It includes information such as:
Although Missouri requires an LLC to have an operating agreement, you don’t need to file the operating agreement with the Missouri Secretary of State.
If you’re confused about creating an operating agreement for your LLC, we offer an Operating Agreement Template to help guide you.
After filing your Missouri LLC Articles of Organization, you’ll need to apply for an EIN with the Internal Revenue Service. An EIN is a tax identification number for a business entity. Your LLC will need an EIN even if it doesn’t have employees because this is the number you’ll use for all of your tax-related filings.
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After you file your Articles of Organization for an LLC in Missouri and receive an EIN, you may need to register with the Missouri Department of Revenue. You can register with the Department of Revenue either by mail or online.
Depending on your LLC’s business, you may need to apply for licenses and permits. You can check with the Missouri Department of Registration and your locality to determine what licenses your business may require.
Preparing and filing your State of Missouri Articles of Organization can be complicated and time-consuming. You have to navigate the many different laws and regulations to ensure your Missouri LLC is legally valid.
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Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational 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.
You’ll have to file an Amendment to your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State if you’d like to change your original Articles of Organization in Missouri. The Missouri Secretary of State offers an LLC Amendment form that describes the information you’ll include in your Amendment.
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To dissolve an LLC in Missouri, first, you must look at your operating agreement and make sure you do whatever it specifies for a dissolution. Then, you’ll file a Notice of Winding Up to let the state know your intentions are to dissolve the LLC. Finally, you’ll file Articles of Termination with the Missouri Secretary of State to dissolve your LLC. These forms have filing fees.
If you would like to start a corporation in Missouri, you’ll have to file Articles of Incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State along with a filing fee. You’ll also need to draw up corporate bylaws to describe how your corporation will be run. There are many other legal requirements that you must meet for your Missouri Articles of Incorporation.
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Yes, Missouri requires an LLC to have an operating agreement to be legally valid. We offer an LLC Operating Agreement Template to help you create your own operating agreement.
You don’t need a lawyer to form an LLC in Missouri. You may however need some help. We offer a Missouri LLC Formation service to help guide you through the LLC formation process.