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LLC Formation in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has its own rules for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company). Knowing the requirements will help you understand your options as you consider forming a WI LLC.

Naming your Wisconsin LLC

Your LLC’s name must include the words Limited Liability Company or an abbreviation of those words. The name must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from other LLCs, corporations and other business entities authorized to use the name in the state.

Member/Manager information

The following are Wisconsin’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have at least one member.
  • Residence requirements. Wisconsin does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Wisconsin does not have age requirements for LLC managers or members.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

A Wisconsin LLC is formed by filing Articles of Organization and paying the required fee. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Wisconsin's requirements include:

  • The name of the LLC
  • The name and address of the Registered Agent
  • Whether the LLC will be member-managed or manager-managed
  • The name, address and signature of each organizer
  • The name of the individual who drafted the Articles (if they are executed in Wisconsin)

Registered Agent

A Wisconsin LLC must appoint and continuously maintain an in-state Registered Agent. The LLC cannot serve as its own Registered Agent. The Registered Agent’s name and physical street address must be listed in the Articles of Organization. The agent must be available during normal business hours throughout the year to accept Service of Process and other important legal and tax documents for the business.

Professional services businesses

Wisconsin does not have a separate Professional Limited Liability Company statute, but professionals,  such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians, can form a regular LLC.

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