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What does a Florida LLC cost? This is a common question for new business owners in Florida who are establishing an LLC. So let’s explore this question and review some general information about LLCs and how they are formed.

How Much Does It Cost to Form an LLC in Florida?

An LLC, or limited liability company, is a type of business structure many owners choose to utilize when starting a new business. LLCs provide owners with limited liability protection and valuable tax benefits.

Limited liability companies are very versatile and offer owners many options. For example, LLCs can be single-member LLCs meaning they are started and owned by one person, or they can be multi-member LLCs and have multiple owners called members.

These types of businesses can be manager-managed or member-managed, and owners can choose how their business is taxed.

When establishing a new LLC, the business owner or members must pay various fees. The LLC cost will depend on these fees, and the amounts vary by state.

In Florida, you will have to pay the following fees when establishing a new LLC:

  1. Filing fee. The fee you pay when you file your articles of organization and register your business with the Florida Division of Corporations. This fee is $100.00.
  2. Registered Agent fee. Registered agents are required by law for every Florida LLC. Registered agents are required to receive paperwork on behalf of the company. LLC owners are allowed to serve as their registered agents. This fee is $25.00.

The minimum cost to start an LLC in Florida is $125.00. However, there are other fees that new business owners may encounter, especially if they hire an attorney to help draft important company documents.

Based on ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost to start an LLC in Florida is $425.00.

LLC Ongoing Cost

LLC costs do not stop after the formation of the company. There are several fees that LLC owners should be aware of to keep their LLC running and in good legal standing with the state of Florida.

In Florida, LLC owners can expect to pay the following ongoing LLC costs:

  • Annual report fee. Florida requires all LLCs to file an annual report. Therefore, filing the annual report is essential in keeping the LLC in compliance with state laws. In Florida, the annual report fee is $138.75. If a business files the report after May 1, the fee increases to $538.75, so it is important to get this report filed early.
  • Registered agent fee. In Florida, limited liability companies must pay an annual registered agent fee of $99.
  • Business license renewal fees. Depending on the services offered by a business, the owner may need certain licenses, which will need to be renewed every year to keep the business legally operating.
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Operating Agreement Drafting

An operating agreement is a written document describing how a company will be operated and governed. The operating agreement includes important information like:

  • Management structure
  • Investments
  • Taxes
  • Profit-sharing

Many businesses choose to have an operating agreement, especially if the LLC is a multi-member LLC. The operating agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of all members and managers. In addition, it will help avoid and solve business disputes.

Operating agreements also prove ownership of the LLC, help businesses receive certain tax benefits, and serve as a written contract outlining the company’s policies and standards.

An explicit, well-written operating agreement is an important part of running a successful company, so many business owners choose to hire an attorney to draft the document.

A Florida lawyer familiar with operating agreements will know what should be included in the contract and how to ensure it protects the companies and the members.

Articles of Organization Drafting

Under Florida law, all limited liability companies must file articles of organization with the Florida Department of State. Articles of organization formally establish the company as a legally operating business in Florida.

The Department of State provides new business owners with a step-by-step guide to filing articles of organization. While this process satisfies Florida law, business owners should remember that articles of organization are vital business documents that require much consideration before drafting.

Instead of simply checking the boxes, many business owners seek the help of an experienced lawyer to draft their company’s articles of organization. A lawyer will ensure this document sufficiently represents the business and follows all Florida laws.

How Do Florida Lawyers Charge for LLC Projects?

Hourly Rates for Florida LLC Projects

Many Florida business attorneys charge clients an hourly rate for legal services. So whether the lawyer is drafting a company contract or filing documents with the state, they will keep track of all the time spent working on forming their client’s LLC.

Once the business is formed and legal services are no longer needed, the attorney will bill the client for the total number of hours spent working on their case.

Hourly rate fee structures are most convenient when a business keeps a lawyer on retainer for ongoing legal counsel. This way, each time the lawyer begins a new project, they don’t have to quote a further fee. Instead, they simply keep track of billable hours.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows that the average hourly rate for a business lawyer in Florida ranges from $170 - $325 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for Florida LLC Projects

Suppose a lawyer is hired for a specific LLC project, like drafting an operating agreement. In that case, they may charge a flat fee rate rather than an hourly billing structure.

Under a flat fee rate structure, the lawyer will quote a total fee for legal services. If the client agrees, they will pay the fee upfront before the lawyer begins working on the project.

Flat fee rates give the lawyer and the client a few advantages. First, lawyers receive payment upfront and don’t have to keep track of their billable hours or risk a client not paying after services have ended.

The client benefits from this by knowing the total cost of legal fees upfront before they decide to hire the lawyer. Clients need to understand what services are covered under the fee. Additional legal services like meetings, legal research, and communication could result in more legal fees.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows that the average flat fee rate for an LLC project in Florida is $425.00.

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