The Series LLC is beloved by investors and business people for its versatility and a broad range of benefits. However, it isn't a universal structure yet. Not all states allow the in-state formation of Series LLCs. Below, we'll go over which states do not permit Series LLCs. We'll also tell you what you can do if you live in one of those states. Don't worry--you can still form a Series LLC. Keep reading to learn how.
The Series LLC was initially pioneered by Delaware, a famously pro-business state. Even today, Delaware remains a popular state for entity formation. Other states followed in Delaware's footsteps, and today you can get a Series LLC in Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Nevada, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Iowa.
Though not technically a state, residents of Puerto Rico also have the option to form a Series LLC without ever leaving the island.
As of this writing, the only state that doesn't allow the formation of an in-state Series LLC is California. California has specific and strict regulations governing business in general, and there is currently no such thing as a California Series LLC. Traditional LLCs are common, as are other types of entities and agreements. We've written about special considerations for California real estate investors before.
If your state doesn't offer a Series LLC, don't slam your hand down on the panic button just yet. There's a way to get around the restrictions of your location, easily and 100% legally.
Fortunately, your Series LLC doesn't have to be formed in your state of residence. This means, provided you're a U.S. citizen, you can form an out-of-state Series LLC.
The following are the most popular states for forming a Series LLC:
Each of these options comes with specific operational, judicial, and tax benefits. Which option will be best for you depends on which features and perks you'll get the most out of. For more details, refer to our previous article on the best states for forming a Series LLC.
After you've selected a state and formed your LLC, you will be able to register the company with your state of residence. Even California allows its residents to register a Nevada or Texas Series LLC and conduct business within California. Of course, these laws will vary based on where you live. Each state will have its own regulations that dictate what you and your company must do to be in compliance with the law. You can get an idea of what you'll need to do by doing some basic research online.
However, the wisest course of action is to seek the guidance of an attorney with experience in entity formation, and ideally, experience with Series LLC in particular. At Royal Legal Solutions, we routinely help our clients select, form, and manage the best type of Series LLC for their individual situations. If you have questions about the best option for you or are ready to get started, don't hesitate. Reach out to us and schedule your Series LLC consultation.
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