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Common changes to file for an amendment with the secretary of state are: 1. Changes to the company name, 2. Updates to the registered agent's contact information, 3. New company business address, 4. Director or member information, 5. Number of authorized shares and 6. Change in business activities. Most items that are listed on the original articles can be changed by filing an amendment other than the filing date, incorporator or organizer. You cannot change a registered agent through an Articles of Amendment.
The basic information needed includes your current entity name, the name you wish to change it to (if applicable), the text of the new amendments that you are adopting, and the date on which each amendment was adopted (some states require member or board of directors voting to pass these amendments), if there is a delay in the date as to when the amendment will be adopted and the name(s) and address(es) of the individual(s) who are submitting this document to be delivered for filing (many states require the signatures of the president and secretary of your company).
Information in the articles of organization is a matter of public record, so LLCs need to make sure that their Articles of Organization on file list the correct information, including company name, owners and managers of the company. If a dispute arises involving ownership, the information contained in the company’s Articles of Organization will be used to prove who owns the company. If a name dispute arises with another company, this also ensures your legal rights.
These forms need to either be mailed to your secretary of state or delivered in person to their office. Some states do offer online forms, but as in Maryland, online forms are considered expedited and can cost an additional fee. However, Incfile can take care of filing your Articles of Amendment for you.
The state fee varies by state. Our service fee to file Articles of Amendment is $99.
The filing time is dependent on the governing state agency and varies by state. For example, in California the process takes over eight weeks. Many states do offered expedited service for an additional fee.
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