Business Entities


Business formation, limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, nonprofits,
operating agreements, substantial nonprofit foundation counsel.


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Forming a business, whether it’s a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, or nonprofit, involves a series of legal steps and considerations. In Louisiana, like in other states, there are specific regulations and requirements that need to be adhered to. Here’s an overview:

Choosing the Right Business Structure: Before anything else, you need to determine the appropriate legal structure for your organization. This decision will depend on factors such as the nature of your business, liability concerns, tax implications, and management preferences.

Limited Liability Company (LLC): LLCs are a popular choice for small to medium-sized businesses because they offer liability protection for owners (members) and flexibility in management and taxation. In Louisiana, forming an LLC involves filing Articles of Organization with the Louisiana Secretary of State and creating an Operating Agreement to define the structure and operation of the LLC.

Corporation: Corporations are separate legal entities from their owners (shareholders), providing limited liability protection. In Louisiana, forming a corporation requires filing Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. Corporations also have more formalities, such as holding regular shareholder meetings and maintaining corporate records.

Nonprofit Organization: If your business has a charitable, educational, religious, or other socially beneficial purpose, you may consider forming a nonprofit organization. Nonprofits in Louisiana are governed by state law and must meet specific IRS requirements to obtain tax-exempt status. This process involves drafting Articles of Incorporation for Nonprofit Corporations and applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Operating Agreements and Bylaws: For LLCs and corporations, having comprehensive operating agreements (for LLCs) or bylaws (for corporations) is essential. These documents outline the internal rules, management structure, decision-making processes, and ownership interests of the business. They help prevent disputes among owners and ensure smooth operation.

Nonprofit Foundation Counsel: If you’re establishing a substantial nonprofit foundation in Louisiana, it’s crucial to seek legal counsel with expertise in nonprofit law. Foundation counsel can provide guidance on compliance with state and federal regulations, governance best practices, tax-exempt status, fundraising activities, and more.

Tax Considerations: Understanding the tax implications of your chosen business structure is vital. LLCs can be taxed as disregarded entities, partnerships, S corporations, or C corporations, depending on elections made by the owners. Corporations are subject to corporate income tax, and nonprofits may qualify for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Our firm has a variety of CPA firms that we recommend for tax guidance.

Compliance and Reporting: Once your business is formed, you’ll need to comply with ongoing reporting and compliance requirements. This includes filing annual reports with the Louisiana Secretary of State, maintaining proper records, holding required meetings, and adhering to any industry-specific regulations.

Given the complexity of business formation and nonprofit establishment, especially for substantial foundations, it’s advisable to work closely with legal professionals experienced in Louisiana business law and nonprofit regulations. They can help navigate the process, ensure compliance, and protect your organization’s interests.

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