How to Form an LLC in California in 5 Steps

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be a great way to protect your personal assets while also keeping your business structure and taxation relatively simple.  Here are the major steps to form an LLC in California:

  1. File your Articles of Organization, and other formation paperwork.
    • Soi, fein, licenses, permits
  2. Draft your Operating Agreement.
    • Buy-sell provisions
    • Must be tailored to your business
  3. Open your business bank accounts.
  4. Pay your taxes.
  5. Do your due diligence.
    • Estate planning, bookkeeping/taxes, updating operating agreement, soi, meetings/recordkeeping, insurance

Not sure if an LLC is the right business entity for you? See “What Is Limited Liability and Do I Need It?” and “Should My Company Be An LLC?

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