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Rhode Island has unique requirements for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company). Taking the time to learn the basics of those requirements can make the formation process go more smoothly.
Your LLC’s name must contain one of the following: "Limited Liability Company," "LLC," “llc,” "L.L.C." or “l.l.c.” Plus, the name must be distinguishable from the name of any other entity (e.g., LLC, corporation, limited partnership) that is in use, reserved or registered in Rhode Island.
The following are Rhode Island’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:
A Rhode Island LLC is formed by filing Articles of Organization and paying the required filing fee. While every state will ask for the LLC’s name and the name/address of its Registered Agent, each state will require additional information that is unique to it. Rhode Island’s Articles of Organization requirements include:
You must list the name and address of your LLC’s Rhode Island Registered Agent in the Articles of Incorporation. The address must be a physical street address in Rhode Island, not a post office box. Your agent must be available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and other important legal and tax documents for the business.
Rhode Island does not have separate provisions for a Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC), but it does allow professionals, such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians, to form a regular LLC, subject to certain additional membership and liability requirements.
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