The answer is, "no". You can form your own limited liability company in California by filing articles of organization (Form LLC-1) with the Secretary of State. The LLC-1 form is a simple document which contains merely basic information - the (proposed) name of the LLC, the purpose (which is set forth for you), the name of the initial agent for service of process, and management structure (one manager, more than one manager or all LLC members).
Nevertheless, an experienced business attorney will help you decide whether the LLC is the right structure for your business in the first place. In addition, while California does not require you to file a written operating agreement, having one prepared is absolutely necessary. Without an operating agreement,
Therefore, even though you can file an LLC on your own, organizing and operating an LLC on your own is not recommended. The Lowenthal Law Office in Davis, California offers complimentary initial consultations for business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss taxation, organization and operations. Contact us today at (530) 231-4949 to schedule an appointment.
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