Florida LLC Formation

Florida LLC Formation Attorneys & Lawyers for Hire

Where are you located?
Zip Code
FIND A LAWYER

How it Works

Request Proposals
Tell us about your legal need so attorneys can prepare custom proposals. It only takes a minute and your information is strictly confidential.
Review Quotes
Our algorithm matches you with attorneys qualified to handle your legal work. You can review their proposals and schedule consultations with no obligation.
Hire Your Lawyers
When you’re ready, hire the attorney that’s right for you. Use our platform to easily collaborate online and ensure your information stays safe and secure.
Steven S.

Steven Stark

317 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.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

222 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.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Conor T.

Conor Teevan

147 reviews
Top-tier talent shouldn’t have to come with a top-tier fee. This is why Conor Teevan combines his top-tier expertise (Yale undergrad, Stanford Law) with affordability. Conor has represented Silicon Valley startups, real estate investors, artists creating companies, and even a child author in need of a book deal. Conor himself started a real estate company with holdings in five states.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
M. Kristina R.

M. Kristina Raattama

2 reviews
With 16 years of varied and progressive responsibility as in-house counsel, Ms. Raattama has the knowledge and expertise needed to provide organizations with assistance on ... read more
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Brett L.

Brett Logan

2 reviews
Brett Logan is an investment management attorney and has been licensed for more than a decade. He specializes in corporate, incorporation, and financial markets. Brett graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2001, where he obtained his J.D. in law. He received his license for legal practice in New York in 2003 and later also obtained a license to practice his legal services within Florida, in 2013.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Matthew F.

Matthew Fornaro

19 reviews
Matthew Fornaro handles business, condominium and real estate litigation, and the drafting of business law documents. He is active in volunteer work, holding the positions of vice president of Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital, commissioner of Broward County Historical Commission, volunteer attorney at Mission United Veteran’s Project, and mentor at University of Florida Levin College.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Michelle M.

Michelle Morton

Michelle Morton is a litigation attorney with exceptional experience in legal research and writing. She has been providing her legal services to corporate clients in Florida for over eight years. She received her Juris Doctor in law after graduating from the Florida State University College of Law. Michelle is also experienced in assisting startup companies and entrepreneurs. Michelle has been working as a self-employed attorney since January 2015.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Bruce B.

Bruce Burk

2 reviews
Bruce Burk is a business attorney with two years’ experience. He is licensed to practice law in Florid and he received his Juris Doctor in law after he graduated from the University of South Carolina. During his two years as an attorney, Bruce has completed more than 50 trials. He is experienced in real estate law, as well as employment law and business formation. Between January 2016 and October 2016, Bruce acted as an associate attorney at The Ticktin Law Group, P.A.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
David M. H.

David M. Harris, Esq.

Sometimes you need an attorney who can "do it all" for your business - an attorney such as David Harris. Mr. Harris can help small business owners with a variety of legal needs from formation to litigation defense. He can also help with trademarks, sales agreements, and even landlord-tenant issues. Mr. Harris can even lend a hand in family law disputes and personal injury matters.
|
Get Proposal View Profile
Ishmael G.

Ishmael Green

2 reviews
Ishmael is the founder of Ishmael A. Green & Associates, P.A. He is an innovative problem-solver and is results oriented. Ishmael focuses on the client's desired outcom... read more
|
Get Proposal View Profile
View All NEXT

Why use UpCounsel to form your LLC in Florida?

Confused by complicated questionnaires and government forms? Want to get your questions answered by a real attorney? UpCounsel provides personalized legal services with experienced attorneys to help form your Florida LLC the right way.
14 years

Average experience

You always get experienced professionals and high caliber work.

3x

Faster

Your work gets done quickly because professionals are always available.

60%

More cost effective

We use technology to cut traditional overhead and save you thousands.

UpCounsel has been talked about in:

Money-Back Guarantee on All of Your Legal Work

Applies to all transactions with verified attorneys on UpCounsel

In the event that you are unsatisfied with the work of an attorney you hired on UpCounsel, just let us know. We’ll take care of it and refund your money up to $5,000 so you can hire another attorney to help you.

Why use UpCounsel to form an LLC in Florida

Starting an LLC in Florida 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 Florida with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your Florida 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 Florida Department of State: Division of Corporations, your Florida LLC has been formed and begins its existence as a corporate entity.

Requirements for Forming a Florida LLC

Choosing a Company Name for Your LLC

One of the first steps in the process of forming your Florida 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. 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 any Florida Limited Liability Company or foreign LLC reserved or registered.

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 Florida 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 Florida.

Articles of Organization:

When forming an LLC in Florida, the Articles of Organization must be filed with the Florida Division of Corporations. Florida state law requires that certain information be included in your Articles of Organization when forming your Florida LLC.

This information must include:

  1. The LLC's name and address.
  2. The statutory agent's name and address as well as the agent's signature accepting the appointment.
  3. The name and address of each manager or managing member.
  4. The LLC's effective date (if other than date of filing).

Additionally, a Florida 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.

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

Eligibility Requirements: A natural person (Florida doesn't allow business entities as members).

Business Licenses: Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. Contact the Florida Department of State for specific licenses.

Resident Agent needed for a Florida LLC

Remember every Florida LLC must have a registered agent in Florida, 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 may be a Florida resident or business entity authorized to do business in Florida. The registered agent must have a physical Florida street address.

Florida Department of State

Once you create an LLC in Florida, the Florida Department 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 Florida Department of State.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Florida LLCs

Annual Report: Each limited liability company shall provide an annual report to the Florida Department of State regarding its financial condition to each of its members. The annual report fee $138.75.

Records: Each Florida limited liability company must keep the following records open to inspection at its office:

  1. The names and addresses of members, managers, and managing members.
  2. A copy of the Articles of Organization and all amendments thereto, together with any powers of attorney pursuant to which the Articles of Organization or any amendments thereto were executed.
  3. Copies of the limited liability company's federal, state, and local income tax or information returns and reports, if any, for the three most recent taxable years.
  4. Copies of the LLC's financial statements and Operating Agreement, if any, for the three most recent fiscal years.
  5. A current list of each members' economic contribution and the share in profits as well as any times or occurrences of members' agreed to make additional contributions.

Filing Fees for a Florida LLC

The processing fee for the Articles of Organization is generally about $100, plus another $25 for designating a registered agent. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the Florida Department 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 Florida LLC

A Florida 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.

Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida 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.

Start Your Business Off Right with an Affordable LLC Formation Attorney in Florida

What Our Customers Have to Say

"UpCounsel gives me access to big-firm lawyers minus the big-firm price tag. I work with several attorneys on the platform and there are never surprises...I always receive quality legal work at competitive rates that larger firms simply cannot match."

Scott Woods
SVP & General Counsel

"Every startup needs to know about UpCounsel. We found great attorneys at great prices and were able to focus our resources on improving our business instead of paying legal bills."

Sean Conway
Co-founder & CEO

"Before UpCounsel it was hard for us to find the right lawyer with the right expertise for our business. UpCounsel solves those problems by being more affordable and helping us find the right lawyer in no time."

Tristan Pollock
Co-founder & COO

Find the best lawyer for your legal needs

Find a lawyer