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An LLC is the best tool for incorporation. It gives you all of the tax benefits of a corporation (pass-through income taxation), but is much less paperwork intensive; and the best thing is that it gives you absolute protection from individual liability - except for the commission of criminal acts.
All LLCs must have at least one member. LLC members are the owners of the LLC much as shareholders are the owners of a corporation or the partners of a partnership. Like shareholders, a member's liability to repay the LLC's obligations is limited to his or her capital contribution. Members may be natural persons, corporations, partnerships, or other LLCs.
A member's ownership interest in the LLC is called a membership interest. Membership interests are often divided into standardized units which, in turn, are often called shares. Unless otherwise provided for in the operating agreement, a member's right to control or manage the LLC is proportionate to their membership interest.
LLCs are, by default, managed by their members in proportion to their membership interests. Many LLC operating agreements, however, provide for a manager or board of managers to run the day-to-day operations of the LLC. The managers are elected or appointed by members and may also be removed by members. A member may also be a manager, often called the managing member (similar to the managing partner of a partnership).
All LLCs must file evidence of their existence with the secretary of state (or some governmental office) of the state where they choose to be organized. The Articles of Organization serve this purpose and are the LLC version of a corporation's articles of incorporation. Although the specific information that must be included in the Articles of Organization varies by state, all LLCs must disclose their company name (which must conform to rules set forth by the state of organization), appoint a statutory agent and disclose their valid business purpose. The fees associated with filing the Articles of Organization also vary by state.
The Operating Agreement of an LLC is the document most important to its success because it determines, defines, and apportions the rights of the members. Because the various LLC statutes offer so much flexibility (see discussion below), and the default statutory rules do not fit most LLC's needs, Operating Agreements must be drafted carefully and with much discussion and agreement between the prospective members.
Actually, the LLC was created to get away from S-Corps and C-Corps, which can get very complicated.
You can print out the Articles of Organization form online and send them in to the Florida Department of State with the filing fee: http://form.sunbiz.org/cor_llc.html
I would think that the article you've read is an older publication. LLC's have really become the gold standard all over the US. Even large companies like Georgia Pacific have recently changed from corporations to LLC's.
I really think that you'll be happiest with an LLC.
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