Frequently asked questions about LLC publishing in New York
Q. What's the deal with the New York LLC legal publishing requirement?
A. Under New York law, all newly-formed LLCs must publish a series of legal notices for 6 weeks in two newspapers, one weekly and one daily. These notices must be placed in certain designated newspapers in the county in which the LLC is located. Unfortunately, publishing in counties such as New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Bronx, etc. are VERY expensive and can cost $1,200 or more for the publishing alone. It is the single most expensive part of forming an LLC. By taking advantage of our unique process, you save up to about $1,000 in publishing costs.
Q. Is this legit? How will I know if everything has been done?
The state examines and processes the Certificate of Publication that we file, examines it for accuracy, and returns the filing receipt as proof of completion once approved. We have never had any LLC publishing rejected. If, for some reason, we cannot deliver your filing receipt, we will refund your $395 in full. It's never happened before. You have nothing to lose, and it is way better than spending $1,200 publishing elsewhere.
Q. How long does the publishing process take?
While the advertising itself runs for 6 weeks, the entire process can take *about* 9 months. This is because the NYS division of corporations has fallen behind in processing filings by about 8 months. The good news is, you can get the whole process done within about 10 weeks simply by choosing expedited processing at checkout.
Q. Can I do this myself?
Of course you can attempt it. But where would you even start? Who do you call? How do you make sure you get it right? One simple mistake can mean that you need to do the whole process all over again and pay the newspapers, filing fees, etc. again, costing you a fortune. If you let us handle it, there are no headaches for you, and you're going to pay LESS what you'd spend on your own anyway. We don't make much on each sale, as we rely on volume to make a few dollars. Still want to try it yourself? See our guide at www.newyorkllcpublishing.com/new-york-llc-publication.
Q. I'm way late in getting started. Now what?
It doesn't matter, you still need to get started, even if it's late. Simply starting the process will avoid any potential problems.
Q. What happens if my LLC is suspended?
The publishing process often exceeds the short time allowed by the rules. This is a frequent occurrence, as most people start late or were unaware of the requirement until after the deadline. In this case, you need to start the process now because your LLC is technically suspended as of the 120 day mark if the entire legal publishing process has not been completed.
Q. How do I get my LLC out of suspended status?
Simply start the LLC publishing process as soon as possible. Upon completion of the publishing process, your LLC is automatically reinstated. However, simply starting the process will avoid any potential problems.
Q. What do you deliver at the end of the process?
Our deliverable consist of an electronic copy of the state-issued "filing receipt" which is proof of compliance with the publishing requirement.
Q. What do I have to do or file afterward?
Nothing! That's what makes our service so special. Many other companies send you affidavits and documents for you to file with the state. Not us! We handle it all start to finish.
Q. I haven't yet formed my New York LLC. Do you have any advice?
Yes. We also operate CheapNewYorkLLC.com where we form your New York LLC for FREE (you just pay the $210 state filing fee plus $395 for publishing). Have a look and see how you can save up to $1,500 on your new LLC. Plus, we deliver your new LLC, EIN, and operating agreement all in one day or less, which is something LegalZoom can't even do!
Q. Do you offer discounts on multiple LLCs to publish?
Yes. If you have two or more LLCs that you want to publish simultaneously, let us know and we'll provide an even further discounted price quote.
Q. Do you offer discounts to lawyers and accountants?
Yes. If you're an attorney or accountant that regularly forms LLCs for your clients, let us know and we'll work out a great price for you. We work with lots of lawyers and accountants.
Q. How much experience do you have with this?
We have helped over 14,000 people and we've been doing it since 2005. We don't know of anyone with more experience in LLC in New York. Well over 160,000 legal notices and counting!
Q. What about all those outfits who send me mailings advertising their LLC publishing services?
The biggest difference between us and them: They are much more expensive! In addition, many of them are out-of-state businesses trying to make money off a law they don't even really understand. We're local, and way more knowledgeable than anyone when it comes to business processes.
Q. How will I know where & when my legal notices are running?
If you email us about 2 weeks after starting the process, we'll be able to tell you the exact newspapers & dates of publication. We usually respond very quickly.
Q. How can I make payment?
Our order form accepts all major credit cards, Paypal and pay-by-check. We even have payment plans!
Q. How does the publishing process work exactly?
Upon receipt of your publishing order, the following happens:
After you order, we obtain all necessary info about your LLC directly from the NYS corporations database. That's why we don't need to bother you for documents.
We appoint ourselves as your registered agent in Rockland (or change the existing RA) which gives your LLC a Rockland location that we can use for publishing. We do NOT change your business address, nor do we receive your mail. IT DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR MAIL IN ANY WAY. All of your business mail continues to go to your regular business address. It also DOES NOT AFFECT where you can conduct business.
We prepare & place your legal notices in Rockland County (2 newspapers for 6 weeks). After completion, we obtain affidavits from the newspapers.
We prepare and file the Certificate of Publication with the state and pay the required $50 state fee.
After the state processes the Certificate of Publication, we email you the official state-issued Filing Receipt. The Filing Receipt is the only official proof of completion of the publishing process issued by the state.
We continue our great registered agent service for one (1) full year from the date of your order for FREE. After that, you'll be automatically charged just $99 per year unless and until you cancel with no further obligation.
We handle the entire process 100%. There is nothing for you to do, and there are no extra fees. Everything is covered 100% in the $395 price. Publishing in Rockland saves you up to $1,000 vs. the "traditional" way!
Q. What is a registered agent and why do I need one?
First of all, we need to initially establish ourselves as your RA in order to tie a Rockland County address to your LLC (and save you a lot of money for LLC publishing!).
A registered agent is important to have anyway. An RA is a person or entity appointed to accept service of process on your business’ behalf. If you're not around during business hours to personally accept service of a lawsuit, the case against you might be able to move forward without you even knowing you were sued (i.e. "default").
The registered agent has a physical address within the state and is available during business hours so someone suing you can easily find you. It is the RA's job to accept delivery and forward it to you in a timely manner.
Note that registered agent services typically cost somewhere between $100 and $300 per year (Legalzoom charges a crazy $249 per year). We charge just $99, only after the first full year for free. For some business owners, it’s well worth the fee to not have to worry about losing a lawsuit without even knowing they were sued.
Q. My question is not answered here.
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