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Steven S.

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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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

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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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Kalyan Pokala

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Whether you are a business or an individual, you need an attorney you can count on. Kalyan Pokala practices in both general business law and immigration, a unique practice mix. He loves helping people through legal problems and prides himself on providing individualized service to everyone that walks into his office. Mr. Pokala takes the notion that the law is a serving profession to heart.
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Adele Underwood

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Adele graduated from Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law with a J.D. and an L.L.M. in Advocacy & Alternative Dispute Resolution. She also has a bachel... read more
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Damjan Denoble

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Damjan ("Dom-yawn") is an immigrant and entrepreneur. He brings lessons from those experiences – including the need for compassion and patience – to every client interactio... read more
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Jason W.

Jason Woltman

Jason Woltman is a business lawyer that primarily focuses on assisting startup companies with their legal matters. He is experienced in dealing with commercial contracts, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, and financial-related legal matters. Jason is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He recently started his own law firm, the Woltman Law Group.
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Jessica P.

Jessica Pearce

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Jessica is a member of the Pearce Law Firm, a small firm in New York City focused on providing individuals and businesses with high-caliber advice and representation. She has experience supporting individuals, startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of different matters. Jessica is fluent in French, loves the NY Mets, and playing with her dog.
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Zack G.

Zack Glaser

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Zack Glaser is a business lawyer who has been serving corporate clients for over seven years. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and received his degree in law from the University of Memphis School of Law. Zack mainly focuses on dealing with legal cases that involve trademark and copyright law. He is also experienced in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Zack founded his own legal firm, Zack Glaser Legal, in September 2017.
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Kevin Frisch

Kevin Frisch is an attorney at law that primarily specializes in assisting startup companies and entrepreneurs. He is exceptionally experienced in dealing with cases related to real estate law and commercial contracts. Kevin is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained from the Washington College of Law. Kevin has been an in-house counselor at Compass Coffee since September 2014.
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Why use UpCounsel to form an LLC in Vermont

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

Requirements for Forming a Vermont LLC

Choosing a Company Name for Your LLC

One of the first steps in the process of forming your Vermont 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 Vermont Limited Liability Company or foreign LLC reserved or registered and cannot contain the words "bank," "trust," "trustee,""incorporated," "inc.," corporation," or "corp.," or "insurer" or "insurance company" or any other words suggesting that it is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks.

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 Vermont 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 Vermont.

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

This informationmustinclude:

  1. The LLC's name and address.
  2. The LLC's registered agent's name, address, and signature.
  3. The LLC's fiscal year (start and finish dates).
  4. Whether the LLC is run by managers or members; the name and address of each manager or managing member.
  5. Whether the organizers will be personally liable for the LLC's debts or not.
  6. The organizer's address.
  7. The LLC's purpose.

Additionally, a Vermont 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 Articles 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 Articles 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 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.

Resident Agent needed for a Vermont LLC

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

Vermont Secretary of State

Once you create an LLC in Vermont, the Vermont 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 Vermont Secretary of State.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Vermont LLCs

Annual Report: Each limited liability company shall provide an annual report to the Vermont Secretary of State regarding its financial condition to each of its members. The report is due within 2 months of the end of the LLC's fiscal year. The filing fee is $25 for a Vermont LLC and $125 for a foreign LLC.

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

Filing Fees for a Vermont LLC

The processing fee for the Articles of Organization is generally about $100. Also, the filing and reservation of the LLC's name is $20. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the Vermont Secretary of State on what the latest fees are. You may pay these fees in many different forms including, check or debit and credit cards, depending on how you send your form.

Taxes for a Vermont LLC

A Vermont 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.

Vermont state law follows federal law for income tax purposes, but also requires a state identification number for the Vermont LLC.

Federal Income Tax: Unless you elect to tax the limited liability company as a corporation, the IRS will treat a single-member LLC in Vermont 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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