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I have a MO partnership LLC, and the clever name we chose is

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I have a MO partnership LLC, and the clever name we chose is getting cumbersome on forms, in correspondence etc. We have a fair number of real estate deeds in the company's name also. Can I register a dba with the state and use that interchangeably with the LLC name? If so, is there any legal distinction between the LLC name and the DBA for contracts, deeds, or maintaining as much personal liability protection as possible from the LLC structure?Steve
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  DrakeLAW replied 1 year ago.

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Yes you can do that and use it on forms, correspondence, etc. You are right to ask about the distinction and interchangeability with the LLC for liability protection purposes. You need to make it clear on any contracts or deeds or other legal documents that the LLC is the party to the contract and not the DBA. So you should ensure the party to all contracts and deeds is "XYZ LLC d/b/a Better Name." But in correspondence, advertising, etc you can just use the tradename "Better Name."