Amend Arizona LLC Articles of Organization

Arizona's LLC Act, A.R.S. § 29-633(A), requires the following as to how an Arizona LLC's Articles of Organization can be amended:

A. The articles of organization of a limited liability company are amended by filing with the commission the articles of amendment, signed on behalf of the limited liability company by a manager if management of the limited liability company is vested in one or more managers or by a member if management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members. The articles of amendment shall set forth:

1. The name of the limited liability company.

2. The text of the amendment to the articles of organization.

Arizona's LLC Act requires an Arizona LLC to amend its Articles of Organization in various situations pursuant to A.R.S. § 29-633(B):

B. A limited liability company shall amend its articles of organization if there is a statement in the articles of organization that was false or erroneous when it was made or within thirty days after the occurrence of any of the following events:

1. Any arrangements or facts have changed making the articles of organization inaccurate in any respect other than those changes required to be set forth in a statement delivered to the commission pursuant to section 29-605.

2. Management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members and there is a change in the persons who are members.

3. Management of the limited liability company is vested in a manager or managers and there is a change in the persons who are managers or in the members who own a twenty per cent or greater interest in the capital or profits interest of the limited liability company.

Arizona's LLC Act also sets forth a broad power through which an an Arizona LLC may amend its Articles of Organization pursuant to A.R.S. § 29-633(C):

C. A limited liability company may amend its articles of organization if its articles of organization as amended contain only provisions that may be lawfully contained in the articles of organization at the time of making the amendment. In particular and without limitation on the general power of amendment, a limited liability company may amend its articles of organization to:

1. Change the name of the limited liability company.

2. Change, enlarge or diminish the purposes of the limited liability company.

3. If management is reserved to the members of a limited liability company, vest management of the limited liability company in one or more managers.

4. If management is vested in one or more managers, vest management of the limited liability company in the members.

As opposed to amending Articles of Organization, an Arizona LLC may restate them in full pursuant to A.R.S. § 29-633(D):

D. A limited liability company may restate its articles of organization. Restated articles of organization shall be executed and filed in the same manner as articles of amendment. Restated articles of organization shall be specifically designated as such in the heading and shall state either in the heading or in an introductory paragraph the limited liability company's present name and, if it has been changed, all of its former names.

Arizona's LLC Act specifically limits the actions than an LLC may take if it has not made the amendments required by the Act pursuant to A.R.S. § 29-633(E):

E. A limited liability company that has not amended its articles of organization as required by this section may not maintain an action upon or on account of a contract or transaction made in the name of the limited liability company in any court of this state until it has first amended its articles of organization as required by this section. No person has any liability because an amendment to articles of organization has not been filed to reflect the occurrence of any event prescribed by subsection B of this section if the amendment is filed within the thirty-day period specified in subsection B of this section.

After an Arizona LLC's Amended or Restated Articles of Organization have been accepted by the Corporation Commission, Arizona's LLC requires the following pursuant to A.R.S. § 29-633(F):

F. Within sixty days after the commission approves the filing, a copy of the articles of amendment or restated articles of organization shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of the known place of business for three consecutive publications. An affidavit evidencing publication may be filed with the commission. Publication is not required if amendments to the articles of organization or restated articles of organization only change any of the following:

1. The name or address of members or managers.

2. The known place of business address.

3. The name or address of the statutory agent.

This brief overview of some important considerations associated with amending an Arizona LLC's Articles of Organization is by no means comprehensive. Always seek the advice of a competent professional when making important legal decisions.

Arizona AttorneyDouglas K. Cook is an Arizona LLC attorney with over 40 years of experience. Although Cook & Cook's office is located in Mesa, Arizona, the attorneys at Cook & Cook represent clients throughout the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan area including the following east valley cities: Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, & Gilbert.

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