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When do I need to file "Articles of Amendment"?
When you want to update the articles for your company–by changing your company name, changing your contact information, or changing stock information, for example–you may need to file a document with the appropriate state agency. Depending on the state, this is sometimes called an "Articles of Amendment," a "Certificate of Amendment," or a "Certificate of Change." We can create your amendment document and file it with the state.
Who needs an "Operating Agreement"?
An operating agreement establishes the "ground rules" for a Limited Liability Company, including the rights and duties of the LLC's members. Many states require an LLC to have a written operating agreement. Learn more.
What are "Compliance Calendar Services"?
Keeping your company in good standing with the government is an important part of running a business. If you miss a filing requirement or deadline, your company could be subject to fines and other penalties that could impact your operating ability and bottom line. Compliance Calendar Services relieve some of the burden of managing these important deadlines.
What is a "Registered Agent" and why do I need one?
A "registered agent" is a person or a company designated to receive documents on behalf of a business. Most states require corporations and LLCs to name a registered agent, so there's a designated party to receive service of process in the event of a lawsuit.

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Helpful Information

A Checklist for Maintaining Your Corporate Veil

A limited liability entity creates a fictional "veil" or "shield" between the LLE's owners and its creditors—but only if you maintain it properly. Read full article

Can I Change My LLC to an S-Corporation?

As your business grows, you may want to restructure to save money on self-employment taxes. Both LLCs and corporations may be eligible to file for S status. Read full article

What is an Arbitration Agreement?

Arbitration is a way of resolving a dispute without filing a lawsuit and going to court. But the parties must agree to arbitration in advance. Read full article

Understanding Non-Disclosure Agreements

A non-disclosure agreement, or "NDA," creates a confidential relationship between a person or business that has confidential or trade secret information and a person that has access to that information. Read full article

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LegalZoom has the resources to help you run a business smoothly and efficiently. Whether you need a dissolution, registered agent services, federal tax ID (EIN), corporate amendment, annual reports, or business licenses, LegalZoom can help. If you want to change your company name, change your contact information, or add new shareholders or members, you may need to file Articles of Amendment with the appropriate state agency. This document is also referred to as Certificate of Amendment or Certificate of Change, depending on your state. Operating Agreements establish ground rules for a Limited Liability Company, including rights and duties of LLC members and is ideal for newly-formed and existing LLCs that need a set of company-specific operating rules. A federal tax ID (EIN) is used to identify a business entity for tax purposes and is required for most types of businesses. A registered agent is required by most states for LLCs and corporations to ensure there is a designated party to receive service of process in the event of a lawsuit. You will find these and a variety of other business management products available through LegalZoom. Running a business doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming when you choose LegalZoom. LegalZoom can help with business operations so you can focus on the details of your business that matter to you most.