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Steven S.

Steven Stark

297 reviews
For over 30 years, Steven Stark has offered counsel to non-profit organizations and private companies. He has a passion for helping small businesses in particular since he himself started several businesses of his own in New York and Florida. He understands the importance of small businesses having a reliable attorney to advise them about legal matters from their inception.
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Joshua Garber

209 reviews
Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
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Richard G.

Richard Gora

157 reviews
Looking for an attorney with experience? Richard Gora is the exact attorney you want. Having defended over 100 cases both in state and federal courts and working with clients from around the globe, Richard has an array of different experiences. His services are wide-ranging and include business litigation, securities litigations, employment litigation, and business counsel. Prior to founding Gora LLC, he worked for Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP for eight years.
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Eric O.

Eric Osterberg

Eric Osterberg is an experienced draftsman and negotiator of software licenses (including SaaS), music licenses, trademark and copyright applications, NDAs, website privacy policies, and terms of use. He has litigated numerous cases in federal courts across the country and serves as general counsel to a number of startups and small businesses and helps them address a full range of issues.
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Mark R.

Mark Ruiz

Mark Ruiz is a corporate attorney who primarily specializes in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. He prefers to work with startup companies, but he has also represented larger clients in the past. Mark has six years of experience, and is licensed to practice law in California. He received his legal degree from the University of San Francisco. Mark founded his own law firm in March 2017.
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Joseph L.

Joseph Leak

9 reviews
When you have a legal dispute, having an attorney who can both litigate and negotiate deals is an invaluable resource. Joseph Leak has both a litigation and a business practice that extends to individuals, startups, and regional and national businesses. He can deal with issues related to securities, real estate, business entity formation or selection, fundraising, and civil litigation.
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Russell G.

Russell Greenman

Russell Greenman is a corporate attorney with over a decade of experience. He primarily specializes in mergers and acquisitions, legal matters related to startup businesses, and commercial contracts. Russell is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Since April 2013, Russell has been serving as a partner attorney at Weinberg Gonser LLP.
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Joshua C. B.

Joshua C. Black

2 reviews
Joshua C. Black is a litigator who was recently licensed to practice law in Arizona. He attended the Arizona Summit Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in law. Joshua is exceptionally experienced in dealing with legal matters that involve labor and employment law, and is also skilled in providing legal assistance to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. He has been an employment law attorney at his own law office since June 2016.
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Andrew W.

Andrew Wecker

Attorney Andrew Wecker is committed to helping his clients with all of their business and real estate needs. His specific experience lies within the leasing and selling of medical, commercial, residential, and industrial real estate. In addition to his real estate experience, he is able to help businesses and individuals draft legal contracts and enforce them when needed. With over 20 years of experience practicing law, you can count on Attorney Wecker to help you when it comes to buying and selling a property.
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Adam S. T.

Adam S. Tracy

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Not only is Adam S. Tracy a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois, he is a former rugby player and experienced entrepreneur specializing in corporate finance and securities. As the founder of the Securities Compliance Group with two locations in Chicago and California, the firm has counseled hundreds of issuers listed on the NASDAQ and OTC. He can assist your company in developing communication programs with shareholders and help with hedge fund/RIA formation.
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Why use UpCounsel to form an LLC in Arizona

Starting an LLC in Arizona with a business startup attorney on UpCounsel is easy, informative, and cost-effective. In just three simple steps, our LLC attorneys will help you protect your business and personal assets, and help you organize your business for state and federal compliance for limited liability companies.

When forming an LLC in Arizona with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your Arizona LLC and assist you in preparing your LLC Operating Agreement, along with providing other legal services based on your needs. Once your Articles of Organization have been prepared and successfully filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission, your Arizona LLC has been formed and begins its existence as a Corporation entity.

Requirements for Forming a Arizona LLC

Choosing a Company Name for Your LLC

One of the first steps in the process of forming your Arizona Limited Liability Company is to choose your business name.

The business name that you choose must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "LLC" or "L.L.C." as the last words in the name of the limited liability company. A professional LLC must contain the words "professional limited liability company" or the abbreviations "P.L.L.C.", "P.L.C.", "PLLC", or "PLC." The words "limited" and "company" may be abbreviated to "Ltd." and "Co.", respectively.

It must be distinguishable (not the same as or deceptively similar to) the name of an Arizona Limited Liability Company or foreign LLC reserved or registered and the words "Bank", "Banc", and "Bancorp", must be for a company that is a bank and must be approved by the Department of Banking.

Your LLC name may contain the name of one or more members.

By using UpCounsel, you can choose several business names in order of preference. Your attorney of choice can then conduct a name check for your Arizona Limited Liability Company before filing to see which names are available. Once you have chosen an available name, your chosen LLC attorney can help you properly register your name with the State of Arizona.

Articles of Organization: When forming an LLC in Arizona, the Articles of Organization must be filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Arizona state law requires that certain information be included in your Articles of Organization when forming your Arizona LLC.

This information must include:

  1. The LLC's name and address.
  2. The LLC's duration.
  3. The LLC's registered agent's name, address, and signature (accepting the position).
  4. The LLC's members or managers' names and addresses.
  5. The LLC's duration (whether finite or infinite).

Publication: According to Arizona Law, you are required to publish a copy of the Articles of Organization within after it has been approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission. This must be published in a newspaper designated by the county clerk of the county in which the LLC office is located for three consecutive publications.

Additionally, a Arizona LLC formation generally requires inclusion and/or consideration of the following:

LLC Operating Agreement: Although the LLC operating agreement is not required with the Articles of Organization, it is a good idea for every LLC with more than one member to have one. The Articles of Organization may contain restrictions or prohibitions on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal an operating agreement. Arizona recognizes operating agreements as governing documents.

Membership: A limited liability company must have one or more members.

Eligibility Requirements: A natural person or an entity.

Procedure for Membership: The member may acquire an interest in the LLC directly from the limited liability company at the time of formation and, after formation, at the time provided in and upon compliance with the Articles of Organization or the operating agreement or, if not provided, only upon the vote of a majority in interest of the LLC members, excluding the vote of the person acquiring the membership interest, and only when the person becomes a party to the LLC's operating agreement.

Business Licenses: Business licenses and/or permits are required for most LLC's offering specific professional services. Contact the Arizona Corporation Commission for specific licenses.

Resident Agent needed for a Arizona LLC

Remember every Arizona LLC must have a registered agent in the state, which is the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the company is "served" with a lawsuit. The statutory agent must be an Arizona full-time resident or business entity registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Arizona Corporation Commission

Once you create an LLC in Arizona, the Arizona Corporation Commission will require that certain recurring responsibilities and duties be fulfilled. The most important of these are explained below.

For further information, contact the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Arizona LLCs

Annual Report: Arizona does not require LLCs to file an annual report.

Records: Each Arizona LLC must keep complete Corporation records open to inspection at its principal office.

Filing Fees for a Arizona LLC

The processing fee for the Articles of Organization is generally about $50 but may be expedited online for additional fees. Also, the filing and reservation of the LLC's name is $10 but may also be expedited. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the Arizona Corporation Commission on what the latest fees are. You may pay these fees in many different forms including cash, check, money orders, or debit and credit cards.

Taxes for a Arizona LLC

A Arizona LLC is not required to be a separate tax entity like a corporation; instead, it can be considered a "pass-through entity", so that the owners of the LLC report business losses or profits on their personal tax returns, just like in a partnership.

Arizona state law follows federal law for income tax purposes. Therefore if the LLC is classified as an association taxable as a corporation for federal income tax purposes, so will it be taxable as a corporation for state tax purposes.

Federal Income Tax: Unless you elect to tax the limited liability company as a corporation, the IRS will treat a single-member LLC in Arizona as a sole proprietorship for tax purposes. This means that the LLC itself does not have to pay taxes or file a tax return. Unless you elect to tax the Limited Liability Company as a corporation, the IRS treats multi-member LLCs as partnerships for tax purposes. This means that LLC owners will each need to pay taxes on their lawful share of the profits on their personal income tax returns, not just on the LLC itself.

Federal Tax Identification Number: Your LLC will need to obtain a federal tax identification number, which is also known as an Employment Identification Number (EIN). An EIN is similar to an individual's social security number. You will need an EIN for your LLC as long as there is one member, even if the LLC does not have employees. For certain tax filing requirements the attorney you choose on UpCounsel can help prepare your Federal Tax ID Application, if you have not done so already.

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