Forming an LLC in Nevada How to form an LLC in Nevada. "LLC" stands for limited liability company, a legal ownership structure similar to a corporation. Like a corporation, an LLC protects its owners from being personally liable for business debts. (In contrast, when you operate as a sole proprietor or a partnership, you are personally responsible for debts of the business.) Setting up an LLC in Nevada requires two short steps: 1. Choose a name for your LLC. The name of your business cannot be the same as the name of another business entity on file with the Secretary of State. To see if your proposed name is unique, you can search Nevada’s name database. In Nevada your LLC name must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," or "Limited" or the abbreviations "LLC," "LC," or "L.L.C." The word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co." 2. File the formation document. In Nevada the formation document is called the Articles of Organization. Prepare and file the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. The Articles of Organization should include your LLC’s name, its purpose, its address, and the name and address of your registered agent. For help filing this document with the state of Nevada, see Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, by Anthony Mancuso (Nolo) or Nolo’s software LLC Maker. Or, to form your LLC online right now, use our online LLC formation service. That’s it! That’s all it takes to become an LLC in Nevada. Operating Your LLC Though not legally required, you should also create an LLC operating agreement that will guide the LLC owners in operating the business (much like a partnership agreement or corporate bylaws). For help creating an LLC operating agreement, see Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, by Anthony Mancuso (Nolo) or Nolo’s software LLC Maker. This document does not need to be filed with the Secretary of State. To retain your LLC’s status as a separate entity, LLC members must observe certain formalities, such as keeping detailed financial records and recording minutes of major decisions. For more information, as well as minutes forms, consent forms, and over 80 resolutions, see Your Limited Liability Company: An Operating Manual, by Anthony Mancuso (Nolo).
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