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Steven Stark

265 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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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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Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

193 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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Jeana M.

Jeana Mushriqui

A results-oriented and entrepreneurial attorney, Jeana Mushriqui has more than a decade of experience in private practice, as in-house counsel, and as a sole practitioner. She has a background in corporate cases, government contracts, commercial agreements, and contract reviewing, drafting, and negotiating. She speaks fluent Arabic and some French.
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Patrick B.

Patrick Bello

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Patrick Bello is the founder of Provisor Law. An entrepreneur himself, Patrick is passionate about revolutionizing law services so that they are affordable for all emerging businesses. He understands how important it is for new businesses to have access to legal counsel that can provide a grasp of both operational knowledge and the principles of business development.
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Patrick Mondi

Patrick Mondi feels energized when he helps his clients with their business transactions and real estate matters. He works with small businesses and entrepreneurs in all of their business needs across many different industries. Some of his focuses include buying and selling businesses, negotiating leases, and drafting contracts.
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James Walsh

Attorney James Walsh started the Law Office of James J. Walsh the moment he was able to and sworn in as an attorney. He is dedicated to putting all of his clients first and focusing on their needs. His law office specializes in business law, labor and employment law, lawsuits, and business operations to include contracts and disputes. In addition to business law, Attorney Walsh also represents clients in criminal defense cases and has a solid background in litigation. Prior to opening his own law office, Attorney Walsh was the President of the New Hampshire Federalist Society from 2005 to 2006.
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Matthew G.

Matthew Gribler

Matthew Gribler is an attorney at law with more than two years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and obtained his degree in law from the Regent University School of Law. Matthew primarily specializes in dealing with legal cases that involve labor and employment law. He is also skilled in legal research and writing. He has been serving as an attorney at Pawlowski, Bilonick & Long since January 2018.
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Meghan V.

Meghan Van Horn

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Meghan Van Horn has exceptional experience in dealing with startup businesses, as well as in working with nonprofit organizations and government bodies. She has been a practicing attorney in New York for the past seven years. Meghan obtained a J.D. in law from the Pace University School of Law. She is currently an assistant director at Drexel University. Prior to this position, Meghan was part of the technology development team at NIH.
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Jason Carpenter

Jason Carpenter is a corporate attorney that has been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania for the past two years. He is exceptionally experienced in dealing with financial legal matters, but Jason can provide legal assistance on all business-related legal practice areas. Jason obtained his J.D. degree from the Delaware School of Law. He founded his own legal office in November 2015. Prior to this position, he served as an intern at Franklin County District Attorney Office.
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Why use UpCounsel to form an LLC in Pennsylvania

Starting an LLC in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your Pennsylvania LLC and assist you in preparing your LLC Operating Agreement, along with providing other legal services based on your needs. Once your Certificate of Organization has been prepared and successfully filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State, your Pennsylvania LLC has been formed and begins its existence as a corporate entity.

Requirements for Forming a Pennsylvania LLC

Choosing a Company Name for Your LLC

One of the first steps in the process of forming your Pennsylvania 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 also be distinguishable (not the same as or deceptively similar to) the name of any Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company or foreign LLC reserved or registered.

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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

This information mustinclude:

  1. The LLC's name and address.
  2. The name and address of the LLC's registered agent.
  3. The name and address of the LLC's organizer(s).
  4. Whether the LLC will be run by a manager.
  5. Whether the LLC will be providing professional services.

New Entity Docketing Statement: This form must also be filed to the Pennsylvania Department of State along with the Certificate of Organization.

Your Docketing Statement must provide:

  1. The LLC's name.
  2. The name and address of person responsible for the initial tax reports.
  3. The purpose for which the LLC is organized.
  4. The LLC's effective date.
  5. The LLC's Employment Identification Number (EIN).
  6. The LLC's fiscal year end.

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

Organizers: One or more people may form a LLC, yet they do not need to be members of the LLC.

Minimum Number of LLC Organizers: One (or more).

Eligibility: An organizer may be an individual, partnership, limited partnership, trust, estate, association, corporation, limited liability company, or other entity, whether domestic or foreign.

LLC Operating Agreement: Although the LLC operating agreement is not required with the Certificate of Organization, it is a good idea for every LLC with more than one member to have one. If an operating agreement is created, it need not be filed with the Certificate of Organization.

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 Certificate 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 businesses. Contact the Pennsylvania Department of State for specific licenses.

Resident Agent needed for a Pennsylvania LLC

Remember every Pennsylvania LLC must have a registered agent in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania resident or business entity authorized to do business in the state. However, the registered agent must have a physical Pennsylvanian street address.

Pennsylvania Department of State

Once you create a LLC in Pennsylvania, the 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 Pennsylvania Department of State.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Pennsylvania LLCs

Annual Report: The Pennsylvania Department of State generally does not require an annual report for a LLC.

Certificate of Annual Registration: Only LLCs that engage in professional services, must file a Certificate of Annual Registration with the Pennsylvania Department of State. This must be filed yearly before April 15th and an annual fee of $500 times the number of the LLC's members must be paid.

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

  1. A complete and accurate books and records of account.
  2. A copy of the minutes of the proceedings of the incorporators, shareholders and directors.
  3. A share register giving the names and addresses of all shareholders and the number and class of shares they hold.

Filing Fees for a Pennsylvania LLC

The processing fee for the Certificate of Organization and the Docketing Statement is generally about $250. Also, the filing and reservation of the LLC's name is $70. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania LLC

A Pennsylvania 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. However, an LLC treated as a partnership must also file a PA S Corporation/Partnership Information Return form (PA-20S/PA-65) with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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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