If you exclude attorneys fees for services (such as preparing an operating agreement and determining what additional filings, permits, etc. that the business will need to get up and running), the most basic cost to register or “organize” an LLC currently in Wisconsin online is $130.00 paid to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, which

One item often overlooked by parties while negotiating or deciding to enter into an Operating Agreement for a limited liability company or (“LLC”) with more than one member is what is often times referred to as a “capital call.” Buried deep in what can be voluminous pages of “legalese” contained in many LLC operating agreements, may lurk a requirement that members of the LLC contribute additional capital to the LLC – that is, more than their original investment . This can be triggered by majority vote, or, if so provided in the Agreement, by demand of a single Managing Member if he or she is given such power. 

Many investors in an LLC assume that once they make their initial capital contribution, they will not be required to contribute more, even if the underlying business is performing badly, unless they specifically agree to do so, or if “everyone” agrees to do so. Many times quite the opposite is true, and the unsuspecting investor could be facing some rather negative consequences.


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Think first before getting into an LLC. While the LLC has become the entity of choice, there are plenty of reasons to avoid them and consider the use of other forms within which to operate. This article will expose and arm you with the 10 best reasons for you to consider avoiding LLC’s.

  1. LLC’s are not unique. When LLC’s first came into vogue about 20 years ago, everyone – attorneys, accountants, bankers, insurance experts – all said that LLC’s would change the business world. In those 20 years I have attended dozens of business seminars related to the type of entity within which to do business. I’ve asked the experts what you can do with an LLC that you couldn’t have done with the already existing entities, such as an S corporation. I have never gotten a good answer


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