I have my personal name on my business cards, which my business is a LLC. Is that a professional practice.
It's incredibly common for business people to have business cards which contain their personal name and the name of their company.
If you are handing out business cards to customers that do not contain the name of your LLC, then if something goes wrong you might find yourself named personally as a defendant in a lawsuit.
I agree with Attorney Bower. If the business card is intended primarily to advertise your incorporated business to potential clients, customers, vendors, etc., it should clearly communicate that the business is an LLC; this puts the recipient on immediate notice that it is doing business with an incorporated entity that is legally separate and distinct from the members who own it. As my colleague noted, this can be important in the future if the business is sued, and a question arises as to who is the proper defendant. While the corporate designation should always be clear and conspicuous, the cards can certainly note the names of the principal members, managers, or other officers or officials, if you desire. The same considerations should inform other public-facing materials, such as company stationery, purchase orders, invoices, receipts, websites, social media pages, and even email signature lines. Any person or organization that interacts with your LLC in the normal course of its business should be aware of your incorporated status. This, in addition to other wise practices such as segregation of personal and company assets, adequate capitalization, and adoption of a well-drafted operating agreement, helps strengthen the owners' limited liability protection. Best wishes to you this new year.
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