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Every state has its own nuances when it comes to forming an LLC and West Virginia is no exception. In fact, West Virginia's formation documents require disclosure of far more information than virtually any other state. Learn what to expect if you are considering forming a West Virginia LLC.
The LLC name must end with “limited liability company,” “limited company,” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.,” “LLC,” “L.C.,” or “LC.” (“Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” and “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.) The name chosen must be distinguishable for the name of any corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership or limited liability company incorporated, organized or authorized to transact business in this state; any name that is reserved or registered; and any fictitious name adopted by a foreign entity because its real name was not available for use in West Virginia.
The following are West Virginia’s requirements for the members and managers of LLCs:
In West Virginia, you form an LLC by filing Articles of Organization and paying the required fee. West Virginia collects far more information via the Articles of Organization than most states do. The information required in the formation document includes:
West Virginia LLCs may appoint an agent for service of process (Registered Agent) within the state and must designate a Registered Office within the state. The Registered Agent must be available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and other important legal and tax documents for the business.
West Virginia allows certain professionals, such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC). Only specified professions may form a PLLC; others may be able to form a regular LLC. The name of a PLLC must end with “professional limited liability company,” “professional L.L.C.,” “professional LLC,” “P.L.L.C.,” or “PLLC.”
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