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Unread 09-10-2009, 05:47 AM   #1
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I am planning to start a catering company and I want it to be a LLC.
Has anyone used Legal Zoom for this purpose? If so, what were the pros
and cons of their services and fees? Also can anyone make any other
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Unread 09-10-2009, 06:22 AM   #2
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I did it myself. At least here in Michigan it is very simple. A 2 page form from the state and $50.00 later and you have a LLC. Now the Management Agreement portion may be where you might need some help. Are you going to be the only member of the LLC, or are you going to have partners ? That will make a difference in the type of Management/Operating Agreement that you will need.
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Unread 09-10-2009, 07:58 AM   #3
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Mike

Thanks for the quick response. I will have one partner and we writing the agreements ourselves at this time. I had considered doing the Texas state filling myself, but started
weighing the options of having a pro service handle the LLC setup.

Thanks again, that's one vote for keeping this matter as a "In House" task.
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When I formed mine, it was a 2 page form and a 70.00 fee (in PA). Very simple and very easy. All the forms were on the states website.
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DIY here - Was relatively straight forward.
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I agree with the DIY. Two pages and $70 later I was done.
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I used LegalZoom and was pleased with everything. However, after reading everyone's responses here, it seems I paid too much. I went bare bones with everything and it was $150.00 including the filing fee.
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Thanks for the help all. It looks like DYI it is.
This is a great forum, and looking forward to being helpful in it one day.

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Staples has a kit for like $20 and is state specific.
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I am planning to start a catering company and I want it to be a LLC.
Has anyone used Legal Zoom for this purpose? If so, what were the pros
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You've really piqued my interest about this LLC. I was doing some research and it seems that the annual registration here in NY is $325, So a filing fee then the LLC registration fee. Anybody else here have any NY experience. The rest of it sounds good. Really looking for a break even kind of activity. Not looking to really make much money. Scott
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I used Legal Zoom with my incorporation....Cost me about 600.00 and couldn't be happier. In less than a week I was in business!
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In Florida online form and $50.00
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You've really piqued my interest about this LLC. I was doing some research and it seems that the annual registration here in NY is $325, So a filing fee then the LLC registration fee. Anybody else here have any NY experience. The rest of it sounds good. Really looking for a break even kind of activity. Not looking to really make much money. Scott
Ah yes! New York, home of the brave and the land of the fee.

Just wait until you see your next vehicle registration renewal! Fees for everything were just jacked up in the last couple of weeks.
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Used the forms on our Secretary of State website, and have formed 3 LLCs and a corporation DIY.....as spice fairy would say.."EZ PEEZY"
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