How to Write Articles of Organization for an LLC

By Brette Sember, J.D.

How to Write Articles of Organization for an LLC

By Brette Sember, J.D.

The articles of organization is not only an important summary of all the pertinent information about your limited liability company (LLC), it is also a required document in many states for filing for your LLC. Making sure you complete the form correctly is a key part of the LLC formation process.

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Contents of Articles of Organization

Each state has its own requirements for what information must be included in the articles of organization, so be sure to check your state laws. In general, articles of organization should contain the following information:

  • The name of the LLC
  • The names of the members and managers of the LLC
  • The address of the LLC's principal place of business
  • The LLC's purpose and nature of its business (if possible, this section should be written to be overly general so that you don't need to worry about operating outside the scope of your authority)
  • The name and address of the registered agent (the person or business designated to receive legal service on behalf of the LLC so the business can be notified of lawsuits or receive notices from the state)

Where to Find the Form

There are a couple of options when it comes to locating the form to prepare your articles of organization:

  • State forms. Most states offer a free, standard form you can download from the website of the state agency that regulates businesses, usually the Secretary of State, so check there first. The form usually has instructions for completing it as well as the amount of the fee to enclose for filing.
  • Third-party sites. If your state does not offer a form, you can purchase an articles of organization form for your state from an online service provider.

If you cannot find a state-specific form online for free and do not want to purchase one, you can check your state's LLC statutes to determine exactly what information is required to be included in the articles of organization and then write up your own. You can also use an online service provider to help create and submit the document for you.

It's very important that your articles of organization meet your state's requirements, so you do not want to use a generic, unapproved form. If you file a form that does not meet your state's requirements, it may be rejected and you will need to amend it, which may delay your formation or leave you open to liability if it is accepted yet is not legally correct.

Complete the Form

Once you've downloaded a form that is specific for your state, carefully fill in all the information requested and have the members sign the document. If you name managers in your articles of organization, they may be required to sign as well. Determine the filing fee required by your state and enclose that with your application. If you cannot find where to upload or mail the application, call the Secretary of State's office and ask where to send it. Some states also allow you to walk in and file the form but may charge a higher fee for this service.

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