Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.
Cost to form a Massachusetts LLC
At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the Massachusetts state fees. When you view our pricing to form an LLC you plainly see:
Form a Massachusetts LLC Incorporation Options
- BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
- State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Massachusetts with standard turn-around.
- Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
- 24-hour turn-around. Massachusetts has a 24-hour filing option, which is outlined in our pricing.
- Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Organization.
The name of an LLC must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "LC," "LLC" or "L.L.C." Symbols cannot be used in a company name. The name may not be the same as the name or trade name of a Massachusetts LLC, foreign LLC, firm, association, person carrying on business in Massachusetts or name under reservation. It may also not be so similar as to be mistaken for another name unless given the written consent of the existing LLC, firm, association or person. The words "United States," "U.S." or "Veteran" imply an association with the government and cannot be used.
The following are the Massachusetts requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:
- Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
- Residence requirements. Massachusetts does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
- Age requirements. Members/managers must be at least 18 years old.
- Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.
Information for the Articles of Organization
The document required to form an LLC in Massachusetts is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. The Massachusetts requirements include:
Massachusetts Registered Agent Service
- Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Massachusetts. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Professional services businesses
Massachusetts allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).
Additional Massachusetts information
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