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If a friend of mine forms an LLC- 100% ownership under friends name. Can an attorney write up an agreement for my friend and I- to basically- allow that even though I am not a member of the LLC- I will provide consulting service to friends company and that I will earn 70% of income from the LLC ? Basically, what it becomes is that I own 70% of the company but I do not want that listed on the LLC, I do not want to be affiliated with any way that I own a percentage except between the agreement from my friend and I. My source of income such as the 70% will be paid by me as a service- of consulting the LLC. This way it would not be public record that I have anything to do with the LLC. #1- I am not going to run the company, I will only provide a service for friend to run company effectively.

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Nothing prevents the LLC from entering the contract with you or your being compensated with a percentage of something (sales, profits, etc.)

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This is not complicated. It is a Contract - pure and simple. Have a Business Attorney draft the contract. You can easily find one on Avvo.Com under Find-A-Lawyer. Good Luck!


I agree with the prior answers. I suggest you consult a local business attorney and have them draft the contract.

Matthew Blair


Nothing complicated or especially unusual about this sort of arrangement. As Mr. Doland stated, an LLC may enter into agreements with independent contractors and generally structure compensation as the parties see fit.

An attorney in your area should be able to assist you in reducing the terms to writing. Best of luck.

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I agree completely with my colleagues answering your question. I would just add a few things to think about (be concerned with) as you have someone draft your IC agreement: (i) you're going to have no control over what the company does to assure your continued income, except to the extent built into your agreement (e.g., LLC dissolves, with the only member starting a new company); (ii) relatedly, "profits" can be subject to substantial manipulation by the owner; and (iii)
your status as an "independent contractor" (versus "employee") may be a sensitive issue.

This response to your question is general in nature, and is not intended (and is not authorized to be received) as reliable legal advice upon which any action or decision can be based. Other facts and considerations not known may substantially affect the answer as it applies to your particular circumstances.

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