When you first filed to become a legal business entity, part of the process included creating Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization. The information that you submitted contained the name of the business, which business structure best suited your needs (such as an LLC, S Corporation, C Corporation or a Nonprofit Corporation), the appointed registered agent's name and contact information, the effective date in which you started the business and the names of the current partners or shareholders.
As time passes and businesses evolve, you may find that you are in a situation where your business name no longer fits the services you provide or perhaps the leadership team of your company is undergoing changes. Any major event that alters the information on your Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization needs to be reported to your secretary of state by filing an Articles of Amendment form.
Articles of Amendment are typically filed to change the following information:
Common changes to file for an amendment with the secretary of state are:
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:
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.
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