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What does a multi-member LLC cost? If two or more people are planning on starting a business, they may have questions about the cost of a multi-member LLC. Let’s explore this question and review general information about multi-member LLC costs and formation.

How Much Does a Multi-Member Cost?

A multi-member LLC is one type of business entity that a business owner can choose when establishing a new company. It is set up just like a regular limited liability company, except for more than one owner.

Owners of an LLC are called members. Multi-member LLCs can have an unlimited number of members. Members can be individual people or other business entities like LLCs or S-Corps.

A multi-member LLC offers members several advantages like liability protection, tax benefits, and flexibility and freedoms that other business entities don’t have. It is the perfect business structure for a married couple starting a business together or a family-owned business.

Forming a multi-member LLC requires the drafting and filing of several documents. Each state will have different requirements and filing fees. It is recommended that new business owners hire a business lawyer to draft these important documents and the filing process.

When establishing a multi-member LLC, members can incur filing fees, legal fees, licensing fees, and some tax fees. Based on ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost of a multi-member LLC is $873.75.

How to Form a Multi-Member LLC

Multi-member LLCs are relatively easy to form, but the process and fees will differ depending on the state in which you establish the business. Suppose you are unfamiliar with your state’s laws and regulations for LLCs. In that case, you should consult with a local attorney to guide you through the process.

To form a multi-member LLC, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Choose a Name. A multi-member LLC needs a unique name not being used in your state. Every state has a searchable database to ensure the name isn’t already used. The business name must include the phrase “limited liability company” in some form (LLC, L.L.C).
  • Step 2: Appoint a Registered Agent. The registered agent is responsible for receiving important legal and tax documents on behalf of the business. The registered agent can be a member or a private third party. They typically need to be a state resident where the LLC is formed.
  • Step 3: File Articles of Organization. Articles of Organization is a formal legal document filed with the state to establish an LLC. This document includes the LLC name, the nature of the business, the name of the registered agent, and the names of all the members.
  • Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement. Most states do not require an operating agreement, but it is good practice to have one, especially for a multi-member LLC. A multi-member LLC operating agreement outlines the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC. It can be vital in preventing and handling disputes within the company.
  • Step 5: Obtain an EIN. You will need an employer identification number ( business EIN ) to open a bank account for the company and file your business taxes.
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Advantages of a Multi-Member LLC

Multi-member LLCs are a popular choice for a business structure when establishing a new business with multiple owners because this type of entity offers many advantages. Members will benefit from the liability protection without all the strict regulations that C-Corps and S-Corps must adhere to.

Some advantages include:

  • Unlimited number of members
  • Members do not have to be US citizens
  • No corporate taxes
  • Flexible tax options
  • Option to be treated as a corporation

Multi-Member LLC Taxes

One of the most significant benefits of a multi-member LLC is the flexibility of tax options. Multi-member LLCs are taxed like a partnership and benefit from pass-through taxation by default. This means that each member must file their share of business profits and losses with their individual tax returns.

Multi-member LLCs also have the option of filing IRS Form 2553, which is an election to be taxed as an S Corp. Members can also agree to file IRS Form 8832, which would elect the LLC to be taxed as a C-Corp.

Each of these tax options has different advantages and disadvantages. All members must agree to change the business's tax status.

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Multi-Member LLC Formation

Multi-member LLC formation requires the drafting and filing of several important documents, like articles of organization, with the state in which the business is being formed. It is common for members to hire an LLC lawyer to ensure the documents are correctly drafted and filed to avoid mistakes and delays.

An attorney experienced in multi-member LLC formation can assist you in drafting your articles of organization and making sure these documents are filed with the correct office.

Multi-Member LLC Operating Agreement Drafting

A multi-member LLC operating agreement is especially important for a multi-member LLC because it lays out how it will be governed and run. This allows all members to understand their roles and responsibilities within the LLC, reducing the risk of disagreements.

The operating agreement will dictate how the company is managed, how profits and losses are divided, and how voting will work within the LLC. It will also lay out procedures for how a member can leave the LLC or if a member dies.

For this reason, it is encouraged to hire an experienced business lawyer to assist in drafting the operating agreement to ensure there are no mistakes and protect all members' interests.

Multi-Member LLC Formation Cost

Multi-member LLC formation costs can include filing fees, legal fees for document drafting and review, and license fees. These fees will vary based on the state.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average multi-member LLC formation costs to be $873.75 across all states and industries.

Operating Agreement Cost

Suppose members of an LLC choose to hire a lawyer to draft or review the operating agreement. In that case, the LLC will have to pay for the attorney’s time and legal services. This may include consultations, drafting the documents, revisions, and communication with the members.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average operating agreement cost to be $791.86 across all states and industries.

How Do Lawyers Charge for a Multi-Member LLC Project?

Hourly Rates for Multi-Member LLC Projects

Hourly rate fee structures are one way that an LLC lawyer may charge their clients. When lawyers use this method, they will charge their clients a set rate for each hour spent working on a project. Hourly rate fee agreements ensure that the lawyer is compensated for all time spent working on a project or case.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average hourly rate for an LLC lawyer range from $200 - $350 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for Multi-Member LLC Projects

Suppose a lawyer is hired for a specific project like drafting an operating agreement. In that case, they may elect to quote their client an upfront flat fee rate that covers all legal costs for the specific task.

It is crucial to ensure the client knows what’s included with the fee before starting the project because it may not include revisions, communications, or consultations.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average flat fee rate for multi-member LLC projects are $873.75.

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