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Multi State Registrations - Corporation type (PC/LLC/PLLC etc)

  • 1.  Multi State Registrations - Corporation type (PC/LLC/PLLC etc)

    Posted 08-19-2019 07:40 PM
    Anyone have recent experience or insight as to the easiest way to setup COA's in multiple states without having to convert your current firm corporate structure from an LLC to a PC or PLLC? Buying a firm that does work in 15-20 states, going through NCARB to get my licenses set up and finding no consistency between states as to LLC, PLLC, PC etc. 
    Thanks in advance.

    Robert Zappulla AIA
    ARCLINE studio
    Roswell GA

  • 2.  RE: Multi State Registrations - Corporation type (PC/LLC/PLLC etc)

    Posted 08-20-2019 05:37 PM

    I do that frequently for firms that wish to work in new states.  It requires a review of the law in each state in which you wish to work to make sure you comply on both the licensing and the corporate sides as they are all different it seems.


    I have found the easiest way is to set up a new LLC or corporation that complies with the local licensing laws and then make it a wholly owned subsidiary of the parent company.  That works in many states, but as noted, maybe not all because they are all different.


    You really need legal advice, but it isn't a complicated process so the cost shouldn't be prohibitive.




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