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Forming an LLC in Louisiana

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Maybe you'd like to start a limited liability company (LLC) in New Orleans. Or maybe you'd prefer to start it in Baton Rouge. Either way, you'll have to comply with the requirements set forth in Louisiana's state laws. In order to form an LLC in Louisiana, you'll need to file articles of organization and an initial report with the Louisiana Secretary of State. These articles must (at minimum) include:

  • The LLC's name;
  • The purpose for which the LLC is formed; and
  • Whether the company is a low-profit LLC.

Visit FindLaw's Louisiana LLC Formation Package to find all the required forms for to start your LLC in the state.

Forming an LLC in Louisiana at a Glance

While most states' have similar procedures for starting an LLC, it's always important to review the specific steps you'll need to take to form an LLC in your state. In the following table you can find an overview of how to form a Louisiana LLC, as well as links to relevant statutes and the appropriate government agencies.

Statute(s)

Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 12:

  • Chapter 22, Section 1301, et seq. (Limited Liability Companies)
  • Chapter 26, Section 1701, et seq. (Provisions Applicable to More Than One Kind of Business Organization)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

Forming an LLC in Louisiana requires taking the following steps:

  1. Pick a name that's available and includes "limited liability company," "L.L.C." or "L.C."
  2. File the articles of organization and initial report* with the Louisiana Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Comply with applicable business license and tax requirements.

*The initial report must contain:

  • the address of the registered office;
  • the name and address of the registered agent(s);
  • a notarized affidavit of acknowledgment and acceptance signed by the registered agent(s); and
  • the names and addresses of the managers (if the LLC is managed by managers) or members (if the LLC is member-managed), assuming the managers or members have been selected at the time of filing the articles of organization.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation The Louisiana Secretary of State is the government agency in charge of business organizations in the state.
Related Statute(s)

Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 12:

  • Chapter 1, Section 1-101, et seq. (Business Corporation Act)
  • Chapter 5, Section 501, et seq. (Louisiana Unincorporated Association Act)

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Louisiana: Related Resources

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Have Questions About Starting Your LLC in Louisiana? Ask an Attorney

Although the formation package, information, and links above give a straightforward guide to forming an LLC in Louisiana, nothing beats the peace of mind that consulting with a legal professional can provide. So if you have questions, or just want some guidance when starting your Louisiana LLC, it's a good idea to speak with a local business organizations attorney.

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