Limited liability companies exist in the United States to protect the personal liability of business owners. LLCs provide a platform where business owners are not personally liable for the company's debts or liabilities. There are many benefits to LLCs, and some of these include electing taxation, privacy, protecting personal assets, and avoiding the double taxation that corporations suffer from.
Most of the information put out by an LLC is public. This means that you can perform an LLC search in order to find out information regarding that business, the legal name, as well as where the business is located and registered. This can help you to contact the business, or find out other important information.
There are a few reasons why you might want to perform an LLC search. You might want to look up your own LLC to see if it is officially formed. Another reason would be to see if a name you hope to form is already taken.
Searching for an LLC is similar to searching for corporations because LLCs are required to register in every state where they do business. This means that you should look for specific details when searching for an LLC.
This can be easily found by searching online. The first thing you will need is the real name of the LLC. The reason this is more tricky than you might think is that many LLCs use a fictitious business name. This is known as a “DBA”, (which stands for doing business as).
You will also need to find out which state the LLC was actually formed in. This is important because many LLCs are doing business in various states, and the name is usually unique to where it was formed in. The next step is to visit the Secretary of State website (for that specific state) to perform a business search.
Head to the Secretary of State's business search page. In cases where you cannot find any free information, you may need to pay a fee to access these documents. Information that you will find includes:
When searching for an LLC you should be able to find a variety of information. This includes:
Anonymous LLCs are a great alternative for more privacy. This can be done easily if following a few specific steps. There are only a few states that allow you to have an anonymous LLC, these are Delaware, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
Although an anonymous LLC is the same as any other LLC, there are advantages. Not only does it allow you to keep the ownership of your LLC private, but it can protect the members as well. This is important when it comes to public figures or controversial businesses.
After forming an anonymous LLC, the only information that will be available as public knowledge will then be the registered agent and registered address.
For whatever reason you are performing an LLC search, we can help. Business attorneys know the process of forming and searching for LLCs. We have access to databases with the information you need and can make the process easy. Speak with a professional today to get started in forming or searching for an existing LLC!