Form an LLC in Pennsylvania

The complete set of documents and basic legal advice you'll need to set up an LLC in PA.

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    LLC Operating Agreement

    Here's a sample operating agreement from Docracy.com. Obviously, if you choose to use it, you'll need to edit it so it fits your business and what you're agreeing on. it's a good start, though.

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    Trademark Law and Naming Your Business

    Just to be clear, a trademark is not necessary to set up an LLC. It could be a good idea, depending on what you're doing. If you become successful, you'll want to get one down the road, for sure. A trademark is a sign, mark, or indicator used by an individual, business, or organization to identify a product or service as its own and to distinguish the product or service from those of its competitors. A business name generally can be protected as a trademark under federal and state trademark law.

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    LegalZoom: Online Legal Document Services

    This is a great way to understand your options for setting up your LLC. You can purchase a package from here, and everything you'll need to do will be taken care of and organized. Legal Zoom is great if you don't want to hire or lawyer or worry about missing things.

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    file your llc with the department of commerce

    fill out the form to file your LLC with the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce. Typically, this will take about 1-2 days to go through if you do it online.

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    Choosing and Checking the Availability of a Business Name

    An explanation of the places you can go to check if your business name is available in the state of Pennsylvania. Choosing a business name for your website or blog involves understanding something about federal trademark law -- please see the Trademark for Business Naming section for details. For a helpful general guide to choosing a business name, see FindLaw's Picking a Winning Name for Your Business.

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    Pennsylvania Department of State LLC page

    This page will lead you to where you should file your LLC paperwork. You can do everything online, or through the mail. Obviously, doing it online is a little quicker - normally a 24-48 turnaround. Here, you'll find two forms that you'll need to download: your certificate of organization and your docketing statement.

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    Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

    This is your tax ID number. You'll need this when you're paying taxes. It's free. You just have to register for it!

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    Find out if your business name is available

    This is the form you can use to determine if your business name is legally available in Pennsylvania. Here's the generic explanation: A corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company or limited liability partnership organized or registered to do business in Pennsylvania is granted the exclusive use of a name by reserving the name or incorporating and/or filing the name. The name of every Pennsylvania business corporation must include a designator "incorporated", "corporation", "limited" "company"(or an abbreviation thereof), or "association", "fund", or "syndicate".

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    Articles of Organization | Citizen Media Law Project

    You must file formal articles of organization with your state (usually with the Secretary of State) and pay a filing fee in order to form an LLC. The filing fee generally ranges between $70 and $200 depending on the state, but certain states have higher fees (e.g., Illinois ($500), Massachusetts ($500), and Texas ($300)). This is a general layout of what you'll need.

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    Operating Agreement | Citizen Media Law Project

    An operating agreement is the basic written agreement between the members (i.e., owners) of the LLC, or between the members and the managers of the company, if there are managers. In most states, creating an operating agreement is not a legal requirement, but it is highly advisable for the smooth operation of your business and for avoiding internal disputes. This is a basic layout of what you'll need for the operating agreement.

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    Forming an LLC in Pennsylvania | Citizen Media Law Project

    Pennsylvania law requires that an LLC name contain the words "company," "limited," "limited liability company," or an abbreviation of one of those terms. Additionally, your business name must be distinguishable from other names on file with the Department of State (limited exceptions apply).

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    The definition of a limited liability company (LLC)

    Limited companies (LLCs) have become the most common typeof new business since their introduction by state laws in the last 30 years because LLCs combine the tax advantages of partnerships with the limited liability of corporations. This business form may be a good option for a website or blog with significant liability exposure.

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