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Forming an LLC in New Hampshire

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Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a popular business structure among small businesses. In order to start one, forms must be filed with an appropriate state government agency. In New Hampshire, for example, you can start a limited liability company by filing the certificate of formation with the Corporation Division of the New Hampshire Secretary of State Department. The certificate of formation must include the following information:

  • The LLC's name;
  • The address of the registered office, and the name and address of the registered agent;
  • The nature of the primary business or purpose of the limited liability company; and
  • Whether the LLC will be managed by its members or if managers will be appointed to manage it.

The certificate of formation can also include other matters the members choose to include, such as the date on which the LLC will be effective. In the event that no such date is included, the LLC will be effective upon the date of filing the certificate of formation.

For your convenience, FindLaw has compiled all of the necessary forms for starting an LLC in our New Hampshire LLC Formation Package.

Forming an LLC in New Hampshire: The Basics

It's common to have questions when researching the law. Although the best way to get answers is to speak to an experienced attorney, conducting legal research can also help. The following table provides a brief overview of the general steps it takes to start an LLC in New Hampshire as well as links to applicable statutes and government websites to help guide you in your research.

Statute(s)

New Hampshire Statutes, Title XXVIII, Chapter 304-C (New Hampshire Revised Limited Liability Company Act)

Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

In order to form a New Hampshire LLC, you'll need to take the following steps:

  1. Select a business name that's available, and which includes limited liability company or LLC/L.L.C.
  2. File the certificate of formation with the New Hampshire Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent, who will accept legal papers in the event that the LLC is sued.
  4. Comply with any applicable business tax requirements.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The New Hampshire Secretary of State is the government agency in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

New Hampshire Statutes:

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 New Hampshire: Related Resources

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