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Want to Dissolve a California Limited Liability Company (LLC), and Close Down Your Business?

Prepared By: Melissa C. Marsh, Los Angeles Business And LLC Attorney
Written: March 2009

Every California limited liability company (LLC), whether or not actively engaged in business, is required to: (1) remit payment of the state's $800 annual minimum franchise tax; (2) file a Statement of Information with the Secretary of State biennially; (3) file an annual tax return with the Franchise Tax Board; and to strengthen the personal liability shield should (4) hold and document at least an annual meeting of the members and/or managers. If a California LLC is no longer being used, it is often desirable to wind up and dissolve the California LLC.

Let the Law Office Of Melissa C. Marsh assist you in closing down your California limited liability company. We can prepare your minutes to wind up and dissolve your California LLC, and prepare and file the LLC's Certificate of Cancellation and when necessary the Certificate of Dissolution for as little as $499 (at least if all of the members agree to dissolve). If your limited liability company is a foreign LLC (an LLC formed in any other state (e.g. Nevada, Arizona, Delaware, etc.), we can prepare and file the Certificate of Surrender with the California Secretary of State for the same low fee.

By having your LLC dissolution documents prepared properly you lessen the likelihood that they will be rejected by the California Secretary of State which can prolong the dissolution process by weeks. If our office is retained to handle your LLC dissolution, we will hand deliver your LLC dissolution documents to the Secretary of State's Office, which typically enables us to complete the process in 7 to 14 days. If you choose to prepare the documents yourself and mail them to the Secretary of State's office, the process can take up to 4 months, not including any delays for a rejected filing.

Either way, before the process is completed: (1) all back taxes must be paid; and (2) all Secretary of State filings must be up to date. A California limited liability company that is suspended cannot be dissolved until it is first revived. Although we can prepare your minutes to close down and dissolve your California LLC and the state required Certificate of Cancellation (and Certificate of Dissolution if required), we cannot file them with the California Secretary of State on behalf of an LLC that has been suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code Sections 23301, 23301.5 and 23775. See, My California LLC Is "Suspended."

If you would like to retain the services of Melissa C. Marsh to dissolve your LLC, please call 818-849-5206 or Send us an Email.

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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.