- Florida: "No person may be admitted as a member unless a majority-in-interest of the members consent in writing to the admission of the additional member." Section 608.4232.
- Illinois: A new memeber "may be admitted as a member with unanimous consent of the members." 805 ILCS 180/10‑1.
- New York: New member admitted "upon the vote or written consent of a majority in interest of the members." NY LLC Act § 602.
- California: "only upon the vote of a majority in interest of the members." California Corporations Code §17100.
- Massachusetts: "upon the consent of all members." Mass. Stat. Chapter 156C: Section 20
Friday, October 24, 2008
In today's economic environment, small business is looking for additional capital. With the credit markets in turmoil, bringing in additional owners is option many shall look at. For an existing LLC, the operating agreement should address the preconditions for admission of new members. Typically, there are three drafting options for member vote necessary to admit a new memeber: (a) simple majority, (b) super majority (67%), or (c) unanimous vote. Further, it is standard for operating agreement to state that new members must consent to the terms of the existing operating agreement upon admission. What if your operating agreement fails to address the issue? Then your LLC is governed by the default LLC act provisions of the state where you were organized. Below are examples from various state laws on the admission of new LLC members where the membership interest is purchased from the LLC:
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