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Steven Stark

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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

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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

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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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Michael M.

Michael Mccoy

Michael McCoy has experience in business, intellectual properties and licensing practice areas. He also specializes in business formation, employment, real estate and commercial contracts. Michael has worked with numerous software developers and technology companies over the past 10 years. He is licensed to practice law in Texas. Michael received his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Texas School of Law.
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Daniel C.

Daniel Cole

A business and patent lawyer, Daniel has experience in LLC formation agreements, contracts, biochemical and biomedical patent prosecution, trademark registration, and legal research. In 2015, he served as a Bridge Grant volunteer attorney at the University of North Carolina Office of Commercialization and Development where he assisted with patent landscape and freedom to operate analysis.
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Lantis Roberts

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Lantis Roberts previously served the U.S. Department of Labor as an investigator. He now practices law in the following areas, employment and labor, criminal defense, employee benefits, as well as personal injury, civil rights, bankruptcy and business law. When it comes to transactional matters - such as business formation, real estate transactions, compliance assistance and serving as general counsel for businesses - Lantis represents both individuals and businesses.
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Isabel Gram, Jd

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Business & Franchise Specialist. Isabel is an experienced General Counsel and executive who has 14 years as a practicing attorney and has spent the last 5 years in seni... read more
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Nicole S.

Nicole Sotto

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Founder and solo attorney at Sotto Wirtz Law, Nicole Sotto Wirtz is a freelance entertainment attorney providing assistance on a project-by-project basis to small and medium firms in the entertainment, music, fashion, film, television and new media industries. While she’s licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, she assists firm and attorney’s across the nation.
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Brandon Fraim

Brandon Fraim is a business lawyer with half a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and he obtained his J.D. in law from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Brandon is experienced in real estate law. He also often provides his legal services to startup companies and entrepreneurs. Brandon is also able to draft, negotiate and review commercial contracts. He has been serving as an attorney at Henneke, Fraim & Dawes since November 2012.
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Andrew Rapacke

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Andrew Rapacke is a trademark and patent attorney who has been serving corporate clients for the past four years. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and is also a member of the Florida Patent Bar. Andrew obtained his legal degree from the Florida State University College of Law. He is also skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies. Andrew has been serving as the managing partner at The Rapacke Law Group since October 2017.
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Why use UpCounsel to form an LLC in Connecticut

Starting an LLC in Connecticut 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 Connecticut with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your Connecticut 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 Connecticut Secretary of State, your Connecticut LLC has been formed and begins its existence as a Corporation entity.

Requirements for Forming a Connecticut LLC

Choosing a Company Name for Your LLC

One of the first steps in the process of forming your Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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

This information must include:

  1. The LLC's name and address.
  2. The LLC's purpose.
  3. The LLC's registered agent's name, address, and signature (accepting the position).
  4. The name and address of at least one member or manager.
  5. Statement regarding whether LLC will be member-managed or manager-managed.

Additionally, a Connecticut 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. Connecticut 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 Connecticut Secretary of State for specific licenses.

Resident Agent needed for a Connecticut LLC

Remember every Connecticut 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 registered agent may be a full-time resident of Connecticut or a business entity that has authority to transact business in Connecticut.

Connecticut Secretary of State

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

For further information, contact the Connecticut Secretary of State.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Connecticut LLCs

Annual Report: Connecticut requires LLCs to file an Annual Report every year on the anniversary month of LLC formation. The Annual Report must be filed online at the Secretary of State's website.

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

Filing Fees for a Connecticut LLC

The processing fee for the Articles of Organization is generally about $120. Also, the filing and reservation of the LLC's name is $60. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the Connecticut Secretary of State 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 Connecticut LLC

A Connecticut 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.

Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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.

State Taxes: The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services requires all LLCs to pay an annual $250 Business Entity Tax. You should visit the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services for more information.

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