There are many steps to consider before beginning the process of changing your LLC’s name, which we have listed here.
Consider alternative options
Changing the legal name of an LLC involves additional time, money and resources, so you should first determine if there are other ways to achieve the desired result. For example, if you want to distinguish your LLC from another company with a similar name, you may be able to do so by filing a “doing business as” (DBA) or trade name.
If there is an error with the legal name, you may be able to file a Certificate of Correction to correct typographical errors with the LLC name instead of going through the name change process.
Plan rebranding efforts
Changing the LLC name involves more than just filing documents with the state agency and updating your LLC operating agreement. This also involves updating your website, replacing marketing materials and company swag, updating company signage, notifying the public of the name change, and notifying customers , customers, suppliers and vendors of the name change. Before changing the legal name of the LLC, you should assess what will need to be completed as part of the rebranding so that there are no surprises.
Confirm that the new LLC name is available
Before changing the LLC name, you will need to confirm that the name you want is available in your state. You should also do a Google search to see if there are conflicting results and search the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database to confirm that the name is not a registered trademark for the types of goods or services you offer.
Confirm Requirements to Change LLC Name
If the new name is available, you will then need to review the LLC’s bylaws to confirm the corporate governance requirements needed to change the LLC’s name. For example, the organization’s articles of association may require LLC member approval to change the name. If your operating agreement does not mention name changes, consult your state’s LLC laws for guidance.
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