We are a military family (US residents) currently residing the Germany. I would like to form an LLC to start a business providing deposition summary services to Stateside lawfirms. Although while technically a resident of Illinois I have no real property there. Must I incorporate in Illinois or can I form the LLC in another state, ie Arizona. The business will be 95-100% electronic. The business address would be our military address.

– Christina, Germany


Answer

Because you are living outside the United States, you ought to choose to incorporate in the state with the lowest formation fees, lowest on-going compliance requirements (e.g. no annual reports), and most pro-business laws.

That probably means NOT Illinois, New York, or California 🙂

You are a good candidate for a Delaware or Nevada LLC, or even from one of the low cost, no-annual reporting states.

States with No Annual Reporting Requirement for LLCs

  • Alabama
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

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