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Title 33 - Corporations, Partnerships and Associations

CHAPTER 44.

UNIFORM LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT OF 1996

ARTICLE 1.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 33-44-101. Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1) "Articles of organization" means initial, amended, and restated articles of organization, and articles of merger. In the case of a foreign limited liability company, the term includes all records serving a similar function required to be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State or other official having custody of company records in the State or country under whose law it is organized.

(2) "At-will company" means a limited liability company other than a term company.

(3) "Business" includes every trade, occupation, profession, and other lawful purpose, whether or not carried on for profit.

(4) "Debtor in bankruptcy" means a person who is the subject of an order for relief under Title 11 of the United States Code or a comparable order under a successor statute of general application or a comparable order under federal, state, or foreign law governing insolvency.

(5) "Distribution" means a transfer of money, property, or other benefit from a limited liability company to a member in the member's capacity as a member or to a transferee of the member's distributional interest.

(6) "Distributional interest" means all of a member's interest in distributions by the limited liability company.

(7) "Entity" means a person other than an individual.

(8) "Foreign limited liability company" means an unincorporated entity organized under laws other than the laws of this State which afford limited liability to its owners comparable to the liability under Section 33-44-303 and is not required to obtain a certificate of authority to transact business under any law of this State other than this chapter.

(9) "Limited liability company" means a limited liability company organized under this chapter.

(10) "Manager" means a person, whether or not a member of a manager-managed company, who is vested with authority under Section 33-44-301.

(11) "Manager-managed company" means a limited liability company which is so designated in its articles of organization.

(12) "Member-managed company" means a limited liability company other than a manager-managed company.

(13) "Operating agreement" means the agreement under Section 33-44-103 concerning the relations among the members, managers, and limited liability company. The term includes amendments to the agreement.

(14) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.

(15) "Principal office" means the office, whether or not in this State, where the principal executive office of a domestic or foreign limited liability company is located.

(16) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.

(17) "Sign" means to identify a record by means of a signature, mark, or other symbol, with intent to authenticate it.

(18) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(19) "Term company" means a limited liability company in which its members have agreed to remain members until the expiration of a term specified in the articles of organization.

(20) "Transfer" includes an assignment, conveyance, deed, bill of sale, lease, mortgage, security interest, encumbrance, and gift.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-102. Knowledge and notice.

(a) A person knows a fact if the person has actual knowledge of it.

(b) A person has notice of a fact if the person:

(1) knows the fact;

(2) has received a notification of the fact; or

(3) has reason to know the fact exists from all of the facts known to the person at the time in question.

(c) A person notifies or gives a notification of a fact to another by taking steps reasonably required to inform the other person in ordinary course, whether or not the other person knows the fact.

(d) A person receives a notification when the notification:

(1) comes to the person's attention; or

(2) is duly delivered at the person's place of business or at any other place held out by the person as a place for receiving communications.

(e) An entity knows, has notice, or receives a notification of a fact for purposes of a particular transaction when the individual conducting the transaction for the entity knows, has notice, or receives a notification of the fact, or in any event when the fact would have been brought to the individual's attention had the entity exercised reasonable diligence. An entity exercises reasonable diligence if it maintains reasonable routines for communicating significant information to the individual conducting the transaction for the entity and there is reasonable compliance with the routines. Reasonable diligence does not require an individual acting for the entity to communicate information unless the communication is part of the individual's regular duties or the individual has reason to know of the transaction and that the transaction would be materially affected by the information.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-103. Effect of operating agreement; nonwaivable provisions.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), all members of a limited liability company may enter into an operating agreement, which need not be in writing, to regulate the affairs of the company and the conduct of its business, and to govern relations among the members, managers, and company. To the extent the operating agreement does not otherwise provide, this chapter governs relations among the members, managers, and company.

(b) The operating agreement may not:

(1) unreasonably restrict a right to information or access to records under Section 33-44-408;

(2) eliminate the duty of loyalty under Section 33-44-409(b) or 33-44-603(b)(3), but the agreement may:

(i) identify specific types or categories of activities that do not violate the duty of loyalty, if not manifestly unreasonable; and

(ii) specify the number or percentage of members or disinterested managers that may authorize or ratify, after full disclosure of all material facts, a specific act or transaction that otherwise would violate the duty of loyalty;

(3) unreasonably reduce the duty of care under Section 33-44-409(c) or 33-44-603(b)(3);

(4) eliminate the obligation of good faith and fair dealing under Section 33-44-409(d), but the operating agreement may determine the standards by which the performance of the obligation is to be measured, if the standards are not manifestly unreasonable;

(5) vary the right to expel a member in an event specified in Section 33-44-601(6);

(6) vary the requirement to wind up the limited liability company's business in a case specified in Section 33-44-801(3) or (4); or

(7) restrict rights of a person, other than a manager, member, and transferee of a member's distributional interest, under this chapter.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1998 Act No. 442, Section 7.



SECTION 33-44-104. Supplemental principles of law.

(a) Unless displaced by particular provisions of this chapter, the principles of law and equity supplement this chapter.

(b) If an obligation to pay interest arises under this chapter and the rate is not specified, the rate is that specified in Section 34-31-20.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-105. Name.

(a) The name of a limited liability company must contain "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C.", or "LC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.".

(b) Except as authorized by subsections (c) and (d), the name of a limited liability company must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from:

(1) the name of any corporation, limited partnership, or company incorporated, organized or authorized to transact business, in this State;

(2) a name reserved or registered under Section 33-44-106 or 33-44-107;

(3) a fictitious name approved under Section 33-44-1005 for a foreign company authorized to transact business in this State because its real name is unavailable.

(c) A limited liability company may apply to the Secretary of State for authorization to use a name that is not distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from one or more of the names described in subsection (b). The Secretary of State shall authorize use of the name applied for if:

(1) the present user, registrant, or owner of a reserved name consents to the use in a record and submits an undertaking in form satisfactory to the Secretary of State to change the name to a name that is distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from the name applied for; or

(2) the applicant delivers to the Secretary of State a certified copy of the final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the applicant's right to use the name applied for in this State.

(d) A limited liability company may use the name, including a fictitious name, of another domestic or foreign company which is used in this State if the other company is organized or authorized to transact business in this State and the company proposing to use the name has:

(1) merged with the other company;

(2) been formed by reorganization with the other company; or

(3) acquired substantially all of the assets, including the name, of the other company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-106. Reserved name.

(a) A person may reserve the exclusive use of the name of a limited liability company, including a fictitious name for a foreign company whose name is not available, by delivering an application to the Secretary of State for filing. The application must set forth the name and address of the applicant and the name proposed to be reserved. If the Secretary of State finds that the name applied for is available, it must be reserved for the applicant's exclusive use for a nonrenewable one hundred twenty-day period.

(b) The owner of a name reserved for a limited liability company may transfer the reservation to another person by delivering to the Secretary of State a signed notice of the transfer which states the name and address of the transferee.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-107. Registered name.

(a) A foreign limited liability company may register its name subject to the requirements of Section 33-44-1005, if the name is distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from names that are not available under Section 33-44-105(b).

(b) A foreign limited liability company registers its name, or its name with any addition required by Section 33-44-1005, by delivering to the Secretary of State for filing an application:

(1) setting forth its name, or its name with any addition required by Section 33-44-1005, the State or country and date of its organization, and a brief description of the nature of the business in which it is engaged; and

(2) accompanied by a certificate of existence, or a record of similar import, from the State or country of organization.

(c) A foreign limited liability company whose registration is effective may renew it for successive years by delivering for filing in the office of the Secretary of State a renewal application complying with subsection (b) between October first and December thirty-first of the preceding year. The renewal application renews the registration for the following calendar year.

(d) A foreign limited liability company whose registration is effective may qualify as a foreign company under its name or consent in writing to the use of its name by a limited liability company later organized under this chapter or by another foreign company later authorized to transact business in this State. The registered name terminates when the limited liability company is organized or the foreign company qualifies or consents to the qualification of another foreign company under the registered name.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-108. Designated office and agent for service of process.

(a) A limited liability company and a foreign limited liability company authorized to do business in this State shall designate and continuously maintain in this State:

(1) an office, which need not be a place of business in this State; and

(2) an agent and street address of the agent for service of process on the company.

(b) An agent must be an individual resident of this State, a domestic corporation, another limited liability company, or a foreign corporation or foreign company authorized to do business in this State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-109. Change of designated office or agent for service of process.

A limited liability company may change its designated office or agent for service of process by delivering to the Secretary of State for filing a statement of change which sets forth:

(1) the name of the company;

(2) the street address of its current designated office;

(3) if the current designated office is to be changed, the street address of the new designated office;

(4) the name and address of its current agent for service of process; and

(5) if the current agent for service of process or street address of that agent is to be changed, the new address or the name and street address of the new agent for service of process.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-110. Resignation of agent for service of process.

(a) An agent for service of process of a limited liability company may resign by delivering to the Secretary of State for filing a record of the statement of resignation.

(b) After filing a statement of resignation, the Secretary of State shall mail a copy to the designated office and another copy to the limited liability company at its principal office.

(c) An agency is terminated on the thirty-first day after the statement is filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-111. Service of process.

(a) An agent for service of process appointed by a limited liability company or a foreign limited liability company is an agent of the company for service of any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon the company.

(b) If a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company fails to appoint or maintain an agent for service of process in this State or the agent for service of process cannot with reasonable diligence be found at the agent's address, the Secretary of State is an agent of the company upon whom process, notice, or demand may be served.

(c) Service of any process, notice, or demand on the Secretary of State may be made by delivering to and leaving with the Secretary of State, or a clerk in the limited liability company department of the Secretary of State's office duplicate copies of the process, notice, or demand. If the process, notice, or demand is served on the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State shall forward one of the copies by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the company at its designated office. Service is effected under this subsection at the earliest of:

(1) the date the company receives the process, notice, or demand;

(2) the date shown on the return receipt, if signed on behalf of the company; or

(3) five days after its deposit in the mail, if mailed postpaid and correctly addressed.

(d) The Secretary of State shall keep a record of all processes, notices, and demands served pursuant to this section and record the time of and the action taken regarding the service.

(e) This section does not affect the right to serve process, notice, or demand in any manner otherwise provided by law.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-112. Nature of business and powers.

(a) A limited liability company may be organized under this chapter for any lawful purpose, subject to any law of this State governing or regulating business.

(b) Unless its articles of organization provide otherwise, a limited liability company has the same powers as an individual to do all things necessary or convenient to carry on its business or affairs, including power to:

(1) sue and be sued, and defend in its name;

(2) purchase, receive, lease, or otherwise acquire, and own, hold, improve, use, and otherwise deal with real or personal property, or any legal or equitable interest in property, wherever located;

(3) sell, convey, mortgage, grant a security interest in, lease, exchange, and otherwise encumber or dispose of all or any part of its property;

(4) purchase, receive, subscribe for, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, vote, use, sell, mortgage, lend, grant a security interest in, or otherwise dispose of and deal in and with, shares or other interests in or obligations of any other entity;

(5) make contracts and guarantees, incur liabilities, borrow money, issue its notes, bonds, and other obligations, which may be convertible into or include the option to purchase other securities of the limited liability company, and secure any of its obligations by a mortgage on or a security interest in any of its property, franchises, or income;

(6) lend money, invest and reinvest its funds, and receive and hold real and personal property as security for repayment;

(7) be a promoter, partner, member, associate, or manager of any partnership, joint venture, trust, or other entity;

(8) conduct its business, locate offices, and exercise the powers granted by this chapter within or without this State;

(9) select managers and appoint officers, employees, and agents of the limited liability company, define their duties, fix their compensation, and lend them money and credit;

(10) pay pensions and establish pension plans, pension trusts, profit sharing plans, bonus plans, option plans, and benefit or incentive plans for any or all of its current or former members, managers, officers, employees, and agents;

(11) make donations for the public welfare or for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes; and

(12) make payments or donations, or do any other act, not inconsistent with law, that furthers the business of the limited liability company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



ARTICLE 2.

ORGANIZATION

SECTION 33-44-201. Limited liability company as legal entity.

Except as provided in Section 12-2-25 for single-member limited liability companies, a limited liability company is a legal entity distinct from its members.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1997 Act No. 91, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-202. Organization.

(a) One or more persons may organize a limited liability company, consisting of one or more members, by delivering articles of organization to the office of the Secretary of State for filing.

(b) Unless a delayed effective date is specified, the existence of a limited liability company begins when the articles of organization are filed.

(c) The filing of the articles of organization by the Secretary of State is conclusive proof that the organizers satisfied all conditions precedent to the creation of a limited liability company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-203. Articles of organization.

(a) Articles of organization of a limited liability company must set forth:

(1) the name of the company;

(2) the address of the initial designated office;

(3) the name and street address of the initial agent for service of process;

(4) the name and address of each organizer;

(5) whether the company is to be a term company and, if so, the term specified;

(6) whether the company is to be manager-managed, and, if so, the name and address of each initial manager; and

(7) whether one or more of the members of the company are to be liable for its debts and obligations under Section 33-44-303(c).

(b) Articles of organization of a limited liability company may set forth:

(1) provisions permitted to be set forth in an operating agreement; or

(2) other matters not inconsistent with law.

(c) Articles of organization of a limited liability company may not vary the nonwaivable provisions of Section 33-44-103(b). As to all other matters, if any provision of an operating agreement is inconsistent with the articles of organization:

(1) the operating agreement controls as to managers, members, and members' transferees; and

(2) the articles of organization control as to persons, other than managers, members, and their transferees, who reasonably rely on the articles to their detriment.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-204. Amendment or restatement of articles of organization.

(a) Articles of organization of a limited liability company may be amended at any time by delivering articles of amendment to the Secretary of State for filing. The articles of amendment must set forth the:

(1) name of the limited liability company;

(2) date of filing of the articles of organization; and

(3) amendment to the articles.

(b) A limited liability company may restate its articles of organization at any time. Restated articles of organization must be signed and filed in the same manner as articles of amendment. Restated articles of organization must be designated as such in the heading and state 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 and the date of the filing of its initial articles of organization.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-205. Signing of records.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a record to be filed by or on behalf of a limited liability company in the office of the Secretary of State must be signed in the name of the company by a:

(1) manager of a manager-managed company;

(2) member of a member-managed company;

(3) person organizing the company, if the company has not been formed; or

(4) fiduciary, if the company is in the hands of a receiver, trustee, or other court-appointed fiduciary.

(b) A record signed under subsection (a) must state adjacent to the signature the name and capacity of the signer.

(c) Any person may sign a record to be filed under subsection (a) by an attorney-in-fact. Powers of attorney relating to the signing of records to be filed under subsection (a) by an attorney-in-fact need not be filed in the office of the Secretary of State as evidence of authority by the person filing but must be retained by the company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-206. Filing in Office of Secretary of State.

(a) Articles of organization or any other record authorized to be filed under this chapter must be in a medium permitted by the Secretary of State and must be delivered to the office of the Secretary of State. Unless the Secretary of State determines that a record fails to comply as to form with the filing requirements of this chapter, and if all filing fees have been paid, the Secretary of State shall file the record and send a receipt for the record and the fees to the limited liability company or its representative.

(b) Upon request and payment of a fee, the Secretary of State shall send to the requester a certified copy of the requested record.

(c) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) and Section 33-44-207(c), a record accepted for filing by the Secretary of State is effective:

(1) at the time of filing on the date it is filed, as evidenced by the Secretary of State's date and time endorsement on the original record; or

(2) at the time specified in the record as its effective time on the date it is filed.

(d) A record may specify a delayed effective time and date, and if it does so the record becomes effective at the time and date specified. If a delayed effective date but no time is specified, the record is effective at the close of business on that date. If a delayed effective date is later than the ninetieth day after the record is filed, the record is effective on the ninetieth day.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-207. Correcting filed record.

(a) A limited liability company or foreign limited liability company may correct a record filed by the Secretary of State if the record contains a false or erroneous statement or was defectively signed.

(b) A record is corrected:

(1) by preparing articles of correction that:

(i) describe the record, including its filing date, or attach a copy of it to the articles of correction;

(ii) specify the incorrect statement and the reason it is incorrect or the manner in which the signing was defective; and

(iii) correct the incorrect statement or defective signing; and

(2) by delivering the corrected record to the Secretary of State for filing.

(c) Articles of correction are effective retroactively on the effective date of the record they correct except as to persons relying on the uncorrected record and adversely affected by the correction. As to those persons, articles of correction are effective when filed.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-208. Certificate of existence or authorization.

(a) A person may request the Secretary of State to furnish a certificate of existence for a limited liability company or a certificate of authorization for a foreign limited liability company.

(b) A certificate of existence for a limited liability company must include:

(1) the company's name;

(2) that it is duly organized under the laws of this State, the date of organization, whether its duration is at-will or for a specified term, and, if the latter, the period specified;

(3) if payment is reflected in the records of the Secretary of State and if nonpayment affects the existence of the company, that all fees, taxes, and penalties owed to this State have been paid;

(4) that articles of termination have not been filed; and

(5) other facts of record in the Office of the Secretary of State which may be requested by the applicant.

(c) A certificate of authorization for a foreign limited liability company must include:

(1) the company's name used in this State;

(2) that it is authorized to transact business in this State;

(3) if payment is reflected in the records of the Secretary of State and if nonpayment affects the authorization of the company, that all fees, taxes, and penalties owed to this State have been paid;

(4) that a certificate of cancellation has not been filed; and

(5) other facts of record in the Office of the Secretary of State which may be requested by the applicant.

(d) Subject to any qualification stated in the certificate, a certificate of existence or authorization issued by the Secretary of State may be relied upon as conclusive evidence that the domestic or foreign limited liability company is in existence or is authorized to transact business in this State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 27.

SECTION 33-44-209. Liability for false statement in filed record.

If a record authorized or required to be filed under this chapter contains a false statement, one who suffers loss by reliance on the statement may recover damages for the loss from a person who signed the record or caused another to sign it on the person's behalf and knew the statement to be false at the time the record was signed.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-210. Filing by judicial act.

If a person required by Section 33-44-205 to sign any record fails or refuses to do so, any other person who is adversely affected by the failure or refusal may petition the circuit court to direct the signing of the record. If the court finds that it is proper for the record to be signed and that a person so designated has failed or refused to sign the record, it shall order the Secretary of State to sign and file an appropriate record.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

ARTICLE 3.

RELATIONS OF MEMBERS AND MANAGERS TO PERSONS DEALING WITH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

SECTION 33-44-301. Agency of members and managers.

(a) Subject to subsections (b) and (c):

(1) Each member is an agent of the limited liability company for the purpose of its business, and an act of a member, including the signing of an instrument in the company's name, for apparently carrying on in the ordinary course the company's business or business of the kind carried on by the company binds the company, unless the member had no authority to act for the company in the particular matter and the person with whom the member was dealing knew or had notice that the member lacked authority.

(2) An act of a member which is not apparently for carrying on in the ordinary course the company's business or business of the kind carried on by the company binds the company only if the act was authorized by the other members.

(b) Subject to subsection (c), in a manager-managed company:

(1) A member is not an agent of the company for the purpose of its business solely by reason of being a member. Each manager is an agent of the company for the purpose of its business, and an act of a manager, including the signing of an instrument in the company's name, for apparently carrying on in the ordinary course the company's business or business of the kind carried on by the company binds the company, unless the manager had no authority to act for the company in the particular matter and the person with whom the manager was dealing knew or had notice that the manager lacked authority.

(2) An act of a manager which is not apparently for carrying on in the ordinary course the company's business or business of the kind carried on by the company binds the company only if the act was authorized under Section 33-44-404.

(c) Unless the articles of organization limit their authority, any member of a member-managed company or manager of a manager-managed company may sign and deliver any instrument transferring or affecting the company's interest in real property. The instrument is conclusive in favor of a person who gives value without knowledge of the lack of the authority of the person signing and delivering the instrument.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-302. Limited liability company liable for member's or manager's actionable conduct.

A limited liability company is liable for loss or injury caused to a person, or for a penalty incurred, as a result of a wrongful act or omission, or other actionable conduct, of a member or manager acting in the ordinary course of business of the company or with authority of the company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-303. Liability of members and managers.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), the debts, obligations, and liabilities of a limited liability company, whether arising in contract, tort, or otherwise, are solely the debts, obligations, and liabilities of the company. A member or manager is not personally liable for a debt, obligation, or liability of the company solely by reason of being or acting as a member or manager.

(b) The failure of a limited liability company to observe the usual company formalities or requirements relating to the exercise of its company powers or management of its business is not a ground for imposing personal liability on the members or managers for liabilities of the company.

(c) All or specified members of a limited liability company are liable in their capacity as members for all or specified debts, obligations, or liabilities of the company if:

(1) a provision to that effect is contained in the articles of organization; and

(2) a member so liable has consented in writing to the adoption of the provision or to be bound by the provision.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



ARTICLE 4.

RELATIONS OF MEMBERS TO EACH OTHER AND TO LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

SECTION 33-44-401. Form of contribution.

A contribution of a member of a limited liability company may consist of tangible or intangible property or other benefit to the company, including money, promissory notes, services performed, or other agreements to contribute cash or property, or contracts for services to be performed.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-402. Member's liability for contributions.

(a) A member's obligation to contribute money, property, or other benefit to, or to perform services for, a limited liability company is not excused by the member's death, disability, or other inability to perform personally. If a member does not make the required contribution of property or services, the member is obligated at the option of the company to contribute money equal to the value of that portion of the stated contribution which has not been made.

(b) A creditor of a limited liability company who extends credit or otherwise acts in reliance on an obligation described in subsection (a), and without notice of any compromise under Section 33-44-404(c)(5), may enforce the original obligation.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-403. Member's and manager's rights to payments and reimbursement.

(a) A limited liability company shall reimburse a member or manager for payments made and indemnify a member or manager for liabilities incurred by the member or manager in the ordinary course of the business of the company or for the preservation of its business or property.

(b) A limited liability company shall reimburse a member for an advance to the company beyond the amount of contribution the member agreed to make.

(c) A payment or advance made by a member which gives rise to an obligation of a limited liability company under subsection (a) or (b) constitutes a loan to the company upon which interest accrues from the date of the payment or advance.

(d) A member is not entitled to remuneration for services performed for a limited liability company, except for reasonable compensation for services rendered in winding up the business of the company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-404. Management of limited liability company.

(a) In a member-managed company:

(1) each member has equal rights in the management and conduct of the company's business; and

(2) except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), any matter relating to the business of the company may be decided by a majority of the members.

(b) In a manager-managed company:

(1) each manager has equal rights in the management and conduct of the company's business;

(2) except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), any matter relating to the business of the company may be exclusively decided by the manager or, if there is more than one manager, by a majority of the managers; and

(3) a manager:

(i) must be designated, appointed, elected, removed, or replaced by a vote, approval, or consent of a majority of the members; and

(ii) holds office until a successor has been elected and qualified, unless the manager sooner resigns or is removed.

(c) The only matters of a member or manager-managed company's business requiring the consent of all of the members are:

(1) the amendment of the operating agreement under Section 33-44-103;

(2) the authorization or ratification of acts or transactions under Section 33-44-103(b)(2)(ii) which would otherwise violate the duty of loyalty;

(3) an amendment to the articles of organization under Section 33-44-204;

(4) the compromise of an obligation to make a contribution under Section 33-44-402(b);

(5) the compromise, as among members, of an obligation of a member to make a contribution or return money or other property paid or distributed in violation of this chapter;

(6) the making of interim distributions under Section 33-44-405(a), including the redemption of an interest;

(7) the admission of a new member;

(8) the use of the company's property to redeem an interest subject to a charging order;

(9) the consent to dissolve the company pursuant to Section 33-44-801(2);

(10) a waiver of the right to have the company's business wound up and the company terminated under Section 33-44-802(b);

(11) the consent of members to merge with another entity under Section 33-44-904(c)(1); and

(12) the sale, lease, exchange, or other disposal of all, or substantially all, of the company's property with or without goodwill.

(d) action requiring the consent of members or managers under this chapter may be taken without a meeting.

(e) A member or manager may appoint a proxy to vote or otherwise act for the member or manager by signing an appointment instrument, either personally or by the member's or manager's attorney-in-fact.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1998 Act No. 442, Section 8; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 28.



SECTION 33-44-405. Sharing of and right to distributions.

(a) Any distributions made by a limited liability company before its dissolution and winding up must be in equal shares.

(b) A member has no right to receive, and may not be required to accept, a distribution in kind.

(c) If a member becomes entitled to receive a distribution, the member has the status of, and is entitled to all remedies available to, a creditor of the limited liability company with respect to the distribution.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-406. Limitations on distributions.

(a) A distribution may not be made if:

(1) the limited liability company would not be able to pay its debts as they become due in the ordinary course of business; or

(2) the company's total assets would be less than the sum of its total liabilities plus the amount that would be needed, if the company were to be dissolved, wound up, and terminated at the time of the distribution, to satisfy the preferential rights upon dissolution, winding up, and termination of members whose preferential rights are superior to those receiving the distribution.

(b) A limited liability company may base a determination that a distribution is not prohibited under subsection (a) on financial statements prepared on the basis of accounting practices and principles that are reasonable in the circumstances or on a fair valuation or other method that is reasonable in the circumstances.

(c) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e), the effect of a distribution under subsection (a) is measured:

(1) in the case of distribution by purchase, redemption, or other acquisition of a distributional interest in a limited liability company, as of the date money or other property is transferred or debt incurred by the company; and

(2) in all other cases, as of the date the:

(i) distribution is authorized if the payment occurs within one hundred twenty days after the date of authorization; or

(ii) payment is made if it occurs more than one hundred twenty days after the date of authorization.

(d) A limited liability company's indebtedness to a member incurred by reason of a distribution made in accordance with this section is at parity with the company's indebtedness to its general, unsecured creditors.

(e) Indebtedness of a limited liability company, including indebtedness issued in connection with or as part of a distribution, is not considered a liability for purposes of determinations under subsection (a) if its terms provide that payment of principal and interest are made only if and to the extent that payment of a distribution to members could then be made under this section. If the indebtedness is issued as a distribution, each payment of principal or interest on the indebtedness is treated as a distribution, the effect of which is measured on the date the payment is made.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-407. Liability for unlawful distributions.

(a) A member of a member-managed company or a member or manager of a manager-managed company who votes for or assents to a distribution made in violation of Section 33-44-406, the articles of organization, or the operating agreement is personally liable to the company for the amount of the distribution which exceeds the amount that could have been distributed without violating Section 33-44-406, the articles of organization, or the operating agreement if it is established that the member or manager did not perform the member's or manager's duties in compliance with Section 33-44-409.

(b) A member of a manager-managed company who knew a distribution was made in violation of Section 33-44-406, the articles of organization, or the operating agreement is personally liable to the company, but only to the extent that the distribution received by the member exceeded the amount that could have been properly paid under Section 33-44-406.

(c) A member or manager against whom an action is brought under this section may implead in the action all:

(1) other members or managers who voted for or assented to the distribution in violation of subsection (a) and may compel contribution from them; and

(2) members who received a distribution in violation of subsection (b) and may compel contribution from the member in the amount received in violation of subsection (b).

(d) A proceeding under this section is barred unless it is commenced within two years after the distribution.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-408. Member's right to information.

(a) A limited liability company shall provide members and their agents and attorneys access to its records, if any, at the company's principal office or other reasonable locations specified in the operating agreement. The company shall provide former members and their agents and attorneys access for proper purposes to records pertaining to the period during which they were members. The right of access provides the opportunity to inspect and copy records during ordinary business hours. The company may impose a reasonable charge, limited to the costs of labor and material, for copies of records furnished.

(b) A limited liability company shall furnish to a member, and to the legal representative of a deceased member or member under legal disability:

(1) without demand, information concerning the company's business or affairs reasonably required for the proper exercise of the member's rights and performance of the member's duties under the operating agreement or this chapter; and

(2) on demand, other information concerning the company's business or affairs, except to the extent the demand or the information demanded is unreasonable or otherwise improper under the circumstances.

(c) A member has the right upon written demand given to the limited liability company to obtain at the company's expense a copy of any written operating agreement.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-409. General standards of member's and manager's conduct.

(a) The only fiduciary duties a member owes to a member-managed company and its other members are the duty of loyalty and the duty of care imposed by subsections (b) and (c).

(b) A member's duty of loyalty to a member-managed company and its other members is limited to the following:

(1) to account to the company and to hold as trustee for it any property, profit, or benefit derived by the member in the conduct or winding up of the company's business or derived from a use by the member of the company's property, including the appropriation of a company's opportunity;

(2) to refrain from dealing with the company in the conduct or winding up of the company's business as or on behalf of a party having an interest adverse to the company; and

(3) to refrain from competing with the company in the conduct of the company's business before the dissolution of the company.

(c) A member's duty of care to a member-managed company and its other members in the conduct of and winding up of the company's business is limited to refraining from engaging in grossly negligent or reckless conduct, intentional misconduct, or a knowing violation of law.

(d) A member shall discharge the duties to a member-managed company and its other members under this chapter or under the operating agreement and exercise any rights consistently with the obligation of good faith and fair dealing.

(e) A member of a member-managed company does not violate a duty or obligation under this chapter or under the operating agreement merely because the member's conduct furthers the member's own interest.

(f) A member of a member-managed company may lend money to and transact other business with the company. As to each loan or transaction, the rights and obligations of the member are the same as those of a person who is not a member, subject to other applicable law.

(g) This section applies to a person winding up the limited liability company's business as the personal or legal representative of the last surviving member as if the person were a member.

(h) In a manager-managed company:

(1) a member who is not also a manager owes no duties to the company or to the other members solely by reason of being a member;

(2) a manager is held to the same standards of conduct prescribed for members in subsections (b) through (f);

(3) a member who pursuant to the operating agreement exercises some or all of the rights of a manager in the management and conduct of the company's business is held to the standards of conduct in subsections (b) through (f) to the extent that the member exercises the managerial authority vested in a manager by this chapter; and

(4) a manager is relieved of liability imposed by law for violation of the standards prescribed by subsections (b) through (f) to the extent of the managerial authority delegated to the members by the operating agreement.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-410. Actions by members.

(a) A member or manager may maintain an action against a limited liability company or another member or manager for legal or equitable relief, with or without an accounting as to the company's business, to enforce:

(1) the member's rights under the operating agreement;

(2) the member's rights under this chapter; and

(3) the rights that otherwise protect the interests of the member, including rights and interests arising independently of the member's relationship to the company.

(b) The accrual, and any time limited for the assertion, of a right of action for a remedy under this section is governed by other law. A right to an accounting upon a dissolution and winding up does not revive a claim barred by law.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 29.



SECTION 33-44-411. Continuation of term company after expiration of specified term.

(a) If a term company is continued after the expiration of the specified term, the rights and duties of the members and managers remain the same as they were at the expiration of the term except to the extent inconsistent with rights and duties of members and managers of an at-will company.

(b) If the members in a member-managed company or the managers in a manager-managed company continue the business without any winding up of the business of the company, it continues as an at-will company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



ARTICLE 5.

TRANSFEREES AND CREDITORS OF MEMBER

SECTION 33-44-501. Member's distributional interest.

(a) A member is not a co-owner of, and has no transferable interest in, property of a limited liability company.

(b) A distributional interest in a limited liability company is personal property and, subject to Sections 33-44-502 and 33-44-503, may be transferred in whole or in part.

(c) An operating agreement may provide that a distributional interest may be evidenced by a certificate of the interest issued by the limited liability company and, subject to Section 33-44-503, may also provide for the transfer of any interest represented by the certificate.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-502. Transfer of distributional interest.

A transfer of a distributional interest does not entitle the transferee to become or to exercise any rights of a member. A transfer entitles the transferee to receive, to the extent transferred, only the distributions to which the transferor would be entitled.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-503. Rights of transferee.

(a) A transferee of a distributional interest may become a member of a limited liability company if and to the extent that the transferor gives the transferee the right in accordance with authority described in the operating agreement or all other members consent.

(b) A transferee who has become a member, to the extent transferred, has the rights and powers, and is subject to the restrictions and liabilities, of a member under the operating agreement of a limited liability company and this chapter. A transferee who becomes a member also is liable for the transferor member's obligations to make contributions under Section 33-44-402 and for obligations under Section 33-44-407 to return unlawful distributions, but the transferee is not obligated for the transferor member's liabilities unknown to the transferee at the time the transferee becomes a member.

(c) Whether or not a transferee of a distributional interest becomes a member under subsection (a), the transferor is not released from liability to the limited liability company under the operating agreement or this chapter.

(d) A transferee who does not become a member is not entitled to participate in the management or conduct of the limited liability company's business, require access to information concerning the company's transactions, or inspect or copy any of the company's records.

(e) A transferee who does not become a member shall:

(1) receive, in accordance with the transfer, distributions to which the transferor would otherwise be entitled;

(2) receive, upon dissolution, and winding up of the limited liability company's business:

(i) in accordance with the transfer, the net amount otherwise distributable to the transferor;

(ii) a statement of account only from the date of the latest statement of account agreed to by all the members;

(3) seek under Section 33-44-801(5) a judicial determination that it is equitable to dissolve and wind up the company's business.

(f) A limited liability company need not give effect to a transfer until it has notice of the transfer.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1998 Act No. 442, Section 9.



SECTION 33-44-504. Rights of creditor.

(a) On application by a judgment creditor of a member of a limited liability company or of a member's transferee, a court having jurisdiction may charge the distributional interest of the judgment debtor to satisfy the judgment. The court may appoint a receiver of the share of the distributions due or to become due to the judgment debtor and make all other orders, directions, accounts, and inquiries the judgment debtor might have made or which the circumstances may require to give effect to the charging order.

(b) A charging order constitutes a lien on the judgment debtor's distributional interest. The court may order a foreclosure of a lien on a distributional interest subject to the charging order at any time. A purchaser at the foreclosure sale has the rights of a transferee.

(c) At any time before foreclosure, a distributional interest in a limited liability company which is charged may be redeemed:

(1) by the judgment debtor;

(2) with property other than the company's property, by one or more of the other members; or

(3) with the company's property, but only if permitted by the operating agreement.

(d) This chapter does not affect a member's right under exemption laws with respect to the member's distributional interest in a limited liability company.

(e) This section provides the exclusive remedy by which a judgment creditor of a member or a transferee may satisfy a judgment out of the judgment debtor's distributional interest in a limited liability company.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



ARTICLE 6.

MEMBER'S DISSOCIATION

SECTION 33-44-601. Events causing member's dissociation.

A member is dissociated from a limited liability company upon the occurrence of any of the following events:

(1) the company's having notice of the member's express will to withdraw upon the date of notice or on a later date specified by the member;

(2) an event agreed to in the operating agreement as causing the member's dissociation;

(3) upon transfer of all of a member's distributional interest, other than a transfer for security purposes or a court order charging the member's distributional interest which has not been foreclosed;

(4) the member's expulsion pursuant to the operating agreement;

(5) the member's expulsion by unanimous vote of the other members if:

(i) it is unlawful to carry on the company's business with the member;

(ii) there has been a transfer of substantially all of the member's distributional interest, other than a transfer for security purposes or a court order charging the member's distributional interest which has not been foreclosed;

(iii) within ninety days after the company notifies a corporate member that it will be expelled because it has filed a certificate of dissolution or the equivalent, its charter has been revoked, or its right to conduct business has been suspended by the jurisdiction of its incorporation, the member fails to obtain a revocation of the certificate of dissolution or a reinstatement of its charter or its right to conduct business; or

(iv) a partnership or a limited liability company that is a member has been dissolved and its business is being wound up;

(6) on application by the company or another member, the member's expulsion by judicial determination because the member:

(i) engaged in wrongful conduct that adversely and materially affected the company's business;

(ii) wilfully or persistently committed a material breach of the operating agreement or of a duty owed to the company or the other members under Section 33-44-409; or

(iii) engaged in conduct relating to the company's business which makes it not reasonably practicable to carry on the business with the member;

(7) the member's:

(i) becoming a debtor in bankruptcy;

(ii) executing an assignment for the benefit of creditors;

(iii) seeking, consenting to, or acquiescing in the appointment of a trustee, receiver, or liquidator of the member or of all or substantially all of the member's property; or

(iv) failing, within ninety days after the appointment, to have vacated or stayed the appointment of a trustee, receiver, or liquidator of the member or of all or substantially all of the member's property obtained without the member's consent or acquiescence, or failing within ninety days after the expiration of a stay to have the appointment vacated;

(8) in the case of a member who is an individual:

(i) the member's death;

(ii) the appointment of a guardian or general conservator for the member; or

(iii) a judicial determination that the member has otherwise become incapable of performing the member's duties under the operating agreement;

(9) in the case of a member that is a trust or is acting as a member by virtue of being a trustee of a trust, distribution of the trust's entire rights to receive distributions from the company, but not merely by reason of the substitution of a successor trustee;

(10) in the case of a member that is an estate or is acting as a member by virtue of being a personal representative of an estate, distribution of the estate's entire rights to receive distributions from the company, but not merely the substitution of a successor personal representative; or

(11) termination of the existence of a member if the member is not an individual, estate, or trust other than a business trust.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-602. Member's power to dissociate; wrongful dissociation.

(a) Unless otherwise provided in the operating agreement, a member has the power to dissociate from a limited liability company at any time, rightfully or wrongfully, by express will pursuant to Section 33-44-601(1).

(b) If the operating agreement has not eliminated a member's power to dissociate, the member's dissociation from a limited liability company is wrongful only if:

(1) it is in breach of an express provision of the agreement; or

(2) before the expiration of the specified term of a term company:

(i) the member withdraws by express will;

(ii) the member is expelled by judicial determination under Section 33-44-601(6);

(iii) the member is dissociated by becoming a debtor in bankruptcy; or

(iv) in the case of a member who is not an individual, trust other than a business trust, or estate, the member is expelled or otherwise dissociated because it wilfully dissolved or terminated its existence.

(c) A member who wrongfully dissociates from a limited liability company is liable to the company and to the other members for damages caused by the dissociation. The liability is in addition to any other obligation of the member to the company or to the other members.

(d) If a limited liability company does not dissolve and wind up its business as a result of a member's wrongful dissociation under subsection (b), damages sustained by the company for the wrongful dissociation must be offset against distributions otherwise due the member after the dissociation.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-603. Effect of member's dissociation.

Upon a member's dissociation:

(1) in an at-will company, the company must cause the dissociated member's distributional interest to be purchased under Article 7;

(2) in a term company, if the company:

(a) dissolves and winds up its business on or before the expiration of its specified term, Article 8 applies to determine the dissociated member's rights to distributions;

(b) does not dissolve and wind up its business on or before the expiration of its specified term, the company must cause the dissociated member's distributional interest to be purchased under Article 7 on the date of the expiration of the term specified at the time of the member's dissociation;

(3) the member's right to participate in the management and conduct of the company's business terminates, except as otherwise provided in Section 33-44-803, and the member ceases to be a member and is treated the same as a transferee of a member;

(4) the member's duty of loyalty under Section 33-44-409(b)(3) terminates; and

(5) the member's duty of loyalty under Section 33-44-409(b)(1) and (2) and duty of care under Section 33-44-409(c) continue only with regard to matters arising and events occurring before the member's dissociation, unless the member participates in winding up the company's business pursuant to Section 33-44-803.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1998 Act No. 442, Section 10.



ARTICLE 7.

MEMBER'S DISSOCIATION WHEN BUSINESS NOT WOUND UP

SECTION 33-44-701. Company purchase of distributional interest.

(a) A limited liability company shall purchase a distributional interest of a:

(1) member of an at-will company for its fair value determined as of the date of the member's dissociation if the member's dissociation does not result in a dissolution and winding up of the company's business under Section 33-44-801; or

(2) member of a term company for its fair value determined as of the date of the expiration of the specified term that existed on the date of the member's dissociation if the expiration of the specified term does not result in a dissolution and winding up of the company's business under Section 33-44-801.

(b) A limited liability company must deliver a purchase offer to the dissociated member whose distributional interest is entitled to be purchased not later than thirty days after the date determined under subsection (a). The purchase offer must be accompanied by:

(1) a statement of the company's assets and liabilities as of the date determined under subsection (a);

(2) the latest available balance sheet and income statement, if any; and

(3) an explanation of how the estimated amount of the payment was calculated.

(c) If the price and other terms of a purchase of a distributional interest are fixed or are to be determined by the operating agreement, the price and terms fixed or determined govern the purchase unless the purchaser defaults. If a default occurs, the dissociated member is entitled to commence a proceeding to have the company dissolved pursuant to Section 33-44-801(4)(d).

(d) If an agreement to purchase the distributional interest is not made within one hundred twenty days after the date determined under subsection (a), the dissociated member, within another one hundred twenty days, may commence a proceeding against the limited liability company to enforce the purchase. The company at its expense shall notify in writing all of the remaining members and any other person the court directs of the commencement of the proceeding. The jurisdiction of the court in which the proceeding is commenced under this subsection is plenary and exclusive.

(e) The court shall determine the fair value of the distributional interest in accordance with the standards set forth in Section 33-44-702 together with the terms for the purchase. Upon making these determinations, the court shall order the limited liability company to purchase or cause the purchase of the interest.

(f) Damages for wrongful dissociation under Section 33-44-602(b), and all other amounts owing, whether or not currently due, from the dissociated member to a limited liability company, must be offset against the purchase price.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1998 Act No. 442, Section 11.



SECTION 33-44-702. Court action to determine fair value of distributional interest.

(a) In an action brought to determine the fair value of a distributional interest in a limited liability company, the court shall:

(1) determine the fair value of the interest, considering among other relevant evidence the going concern value of the company, any agreement among some or all of the members fixing the price or specifying a formula for determining value of distributional interests for any other purpose, the recommendations of any appraiser appointed by the court, and any legal constraints on the company's ability to purchase the interest;

(2) specify the terms of the purchase including, if appropriate, terms for installment payments, subordination of the purchase obligation to the rights of the company's other creditors, security for a deferred purchase price, and a covenant not to compete or other restriction on a dissociated member; and

(3) require the dissociated member to deliver an assignment of the interest to the purchaser upon receipt of the purchase price or the first installment of the purchase price.

(b) After the dissociated member delivers the assignment, the dissociated member has no further claim against the company, its members, officers, or managers, if any, other than a claim to any unpaid balance of the purchase price and a claim under any agreement with the company or the remaining members that is not terminated by the court.

(c) If the purchase is not completed in accordance with the specified terms, the company is to be dissolved upon application under Section 33-44-801(b)(5)(iv). If a limited liability company is so dissolved, the dissociated member has the same rights and priorities in the company's assets as if the sale had not been ordered.

(d) If the court finds that a party to the proceeding acted arbitrarily, vexatiously, or not in good faith, it may award one or more other parties their reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees and the expenses of appraisers or other experts, incurred in the proceeding. The finding may be based on the company's failure to make an offer to pay or to comply with Section 33-44-701(b).

(e) Interest must be paid on the amount awarded from the date determined under Section 33-44-701(a) to the date of payment.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-703. Dissociated member's power to bind limited liability company.

For two years after a member dissociates without the dissociation resulting in a dissolution and winding up of a limited liability company's business, the company, including a surviving company under Article 9, is bound by an act of the dissociated member which would have bound the company under Section 33-44-301 before dissociation only if at the time of entering into the transaction the other party:

(1) reasonably believed that the dissociated member was then a member;

(2) did not have notice of the member's dissociation; and

(3) is not deemed to have had notice under Section 33-44-704.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-704. Statement of dissociation.

(a) A dissociated member or a limited liability company may file in the office of the Secretary of State a statement of dissociation stating the name of the company and that the member is dissociated from the company.

(b) For the purposes of Sections 33-44-301 and 33-44-703, a person not a member is deemed to have notice of the dissociation ninety days after the statement of dissociation is filed.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

ARTICLE 8.

WINDING UP COMPANY'S BUSINESS

SECTION 33-44-801. Events causing dissolution and winding up of company's business.

A limited liability company is dissolved, and its business must be wound up, upon the occurrence of any of the following events:

(1) an event specified in the operating agreement;

(2) consent of the number or percentage of members specified in the operating agreement;

(3) an event that makes it unlawful for all or substantially all of the business of the company to be continued, but a cure of illegality within ninety days after notice to the company of the event is effective retroactively to the date of the event for purposes of this section;

(4) on application by a member or a dissociated member, upon entry of a judicial decree that:

(a) the economic purpose of the company is likely to be unreasonably frustrated;

(b) another member has engaged in conduct relating to the company's business that makes it not reasonably practicable to carry on the company's business with that member;

(c) it is not otherwise reasonably practicable to carry on the company's business in conformity with the articles of organization and the operating agreement;

(d) the company failed to purchase the petitioner's distributional interest after giving effect to provisions of the operating agreement modifying or superseding the provisions of Section 33-44-701; or

(e) the managers or members in control of the company have acted, are acting, or will act in a manner that is unlawful, oppressive, fraudulent, or unfairly prejudicial to the petitioner;

(5) on application by a transferee of a member's interest, a judicial determination that it is equitable to wind up the company's business:

(a) after the expiration of the specified term, if the company was for a specified term at the time the applicant became a transferee by way of member dissociation, transfer, or entry of a charging order that gave rise to the transfer; or

(b) at any time, if the company existed at will at the time the applicant became a transferee by way of member dissociation, transfer, or entry of a charging order that gave rise to the transfer.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1998 Act No. 442, Section 6; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 30.



SECTION 33-44-802. Limited liability company continues after dissolution.

(a) Subject to subsection (b), a limited liability company continues after dissolution only for the purpose of winding up its business.

(b) At any time after the dissolution of a limited liability company and before the winding up of its business is completed, the members, including a dissociated member whose dissociation caused the dissolution, may unanimously waive the right to have the company's business wound up and the company terminated. In that case:

(1) the limited liability company resumes carrying on its business as if dissolution had never occurred and any liability incurred by the company or a member after the dissolution and before the waiver is determined as if the dissolution had never occurred; and

(2) the rights of a third party accruing under Section 33-44-804(a) or arising out of conduct in reliance on the dissolution before the third party knew or received a notification of the waiver are not adversely affected.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-803. Right to wind up limited liability company's business.

(a) After dissolution, a member who has not wrongfully dissociated may participate in winding up a limited liability company's business, but on application of any member, member's legal representative, or transferee, the circuit court, for good cause shown, may order judicial supervision of the winding up.

(b) A legal representative of the last surviving member may wind up a limited liability company's business.

(c) A person winding up a limited liability company's business may preserve the company's business or property as a going concern for a reasonable time, prosecute and defend actions and proceedings, whether civil, criminal, or administrative, settle and close the company's business, dispose of and transfer the company's property, discharge the company's liabilities, distribute the assets of the company pursuant to Section 33-44-806, settle disputes by mediation or arbitration, and perform other necessary acts.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-804. Member's or manager's power and liability as agent after dissolution.

(a) A limited liability company is bound by a member's or manager's act after dissolution that:

(1) is appropriate for winding up the company's business; or

(2) would have bound the company under Section 33-44-301 before dissolution, if the other party to the transaction did not have notice of the dissolution.

(b) A member or manager who, with knowledge of the dissolution, subjects a limited liability company to liability by an act that is not appropriate for winding up the company's business is liable to the company for any damage caused to the company arising from the liability.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-805. Articles of termination.

(a) At any time after dissolution and winding up, a limited liability company may terminate its existence by filing with the Secretary of State articles of termination stating:

(1) the name of the company;

(2) the date of the dissolution; and

(3) that the company's business has been wound up and the legal existence of the company has been terminated.

(b) The existence of a limited liability company is terminated upon the filing of the articles of termination, or upon a later effective date, if specified in the articles of termination.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-806. Distribution of assets in winding up limited liability company's business.

(a) In winding up a limited liability company's business, the assets of the company must be applied to discharge its obligations to creditors, including members who are creditors. Any surplus must be applied to pay in money the net amount distributable to members in accordance with their right to distributions under subsection (b).

(b) After application of subsection (a), and if the company is required to maintain capital accounts for its members as contemplated by the Internal Revenue Code, as defined in Chapter 6 of Title 12 and applicable treasury regulations, all remaining cash and other assets must be distributed to the members in accordance with their positive capital account balances, determined after taking into account all capital account adjustments for the taxable year of the company during which the distribution occurs, including adjustments for distributions made pursuant to this section.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 31.

SECTION 33-44-807. Known claims against dissolved limited liability company.

(a) A dissolved limited liability company may dispose of the known claims against it by following the procedure described in this section.

(b) A dissolved limited liability company shall notify its known claimants in writing of the dissolution. The notice must:

(1) specify the information required to be included in a claim;

(2) provide a mailing address where the claim is to be sent;

(3) state the deadline for receipt of the claim, which may not be less than one hundred twenty days after the date the written notice is received by the claimant; and

(4) state that the claim will be barred if not received by the deadline.

(c) A claim against a dissolved limited liability company is barred if the requirements of subsection (b) are met, and:

(1) the claim is not received by the specified deadline; or

(2) in the case of a claim that is timely received but rejected by the dissolved company, the claimant does not commence a proceeding to enforce the claim within ninety days after the receipt of the notice of the rejection.

(d) For purposes of this section, "claim" does not include a contingent liability or a claim based on an event occurring after the effective date of dissolution.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-808. Other claims against dissolved limited liability company.

(a) A dissolved limited liability company may publish notice of its dissolution and request persons having claims against the company to present them in accordance with the notice.

(b) The notice must:

(1) be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the dissolved limited liability company's principal office is located or, if none in this State, in which its designated office is or was last located;

(2) describe the information required to be contained in a claim and provide a mailing address where the claim is to be sent; and

(3) state that a claim against the limited liability company is barred unless a proceeding to enforce the claim is commenced within five years after publication of the notice.

(c) If a dissolved limited liability company publishes a notice in accordance with subsection (b), the claim of each of the following claimants is barred unless the claimant commences a proceeding to enforce the claim against the dissolved company within five years after the publication date of the notice:

(1) a claimant who did not receive written notice under Section 33-44-807;

(2) a claimant whose claim was timely sent to the dissolved company but not acted on; and

(3) a claimant whose claim is contingent or based on an event occurring after the effective date of dissolution.

(d) A claim not barred under this section may be enforced:

(1) against the dissolved limited liability company, to the extent of its undistributed assets; or

(2) if the assets have been distributed in liquidation, against a member of the dissolved company to the extent of the member's proportionate share of the claim or the company's assets distributed to the member in liquidation, whichever is less, but a member's total liability for all claims under this section may not exceed the total amount of assets distributed to the member.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-809. Grounds for administrative dissolution.

The Secretary of State may commence a proceeding to dissolve a limited liability company administratively if the company does not pay a fee, tax, or penalty imposed by this chapter or other law within sixty days after it is due.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 32.



SECTION 33-44-810. Procedure for and effect of administrative dissolution.

(a) If the Secretary of State determines that a ground exists for administratively dissolving a limited liability company, the Secretary of State shall enter a record of the determination and serve the company with a copy of the record.

(b) If the company does not correct each ground for dissolution or demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of the Secretary of State that each ground determined by the Secretary of State does not exist within sixty days after service of the notice, the Secretary of State shall administratively dissolve the company by signing a certification of the dissolution that recites the ground for dissolution and its effective date. The Secretary of State shall file the original of the certificate and serve the company with a copy of the certificate.

(c) A company administratively dissolved continues its existence but may carry on only business necessary to wind up and liquidate its business and affairs under Section 33-44-802 and to notify claimants under Sections 33-44-807 and 33-44-808.

(d) The administrative dissolution of a company does not terminate the authority of its agent for service of process.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-811. Reinstatement following administrative dissolution.

(a) A limited liability company administratively dissolved may apply to the Secretary of State for reinstatement within two years after the effective date of dissolution. The application must:

(1) recite the name of the company and the effective date of its administrative dissolution;

(2) state that the ground for dissolution either did not exist or has been eliminated;

(3) state that the company's name satisfies the requirements of Section 33-44-105; and

(4) contain a certificate from the Department of Revenue reciting that all taxes owed by the company have been paid.

(b) If the Secretary of State determines that the application contains the information required by subsection (a) and that the information is correct, the Secretary of State shall cancel the certificate of dissolution and prepare a certificate of reinstatement that recites this determination and the effective date of reinstatement, file the original of the certificate, and serve the company with a copy of the certificate.

(c) When reinstatement is effective, it relates back to and takes effect as of the effective date of the administrative dissolution, and the company may resume its business as if the administrative dissolution had never occurred.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-812. Appeal from denial of reinstatement.

(a) If the Secretary of State denies a limited liability company's application for reinstatement following administrative dissolution, the Secretary of State shall serve the company with a record that explains the reason or reasons for denial.

(b) The company may appeal the denial of reinstatement to the circuit court within 30 days after service of the notice of denial is perfected. The company appeals by petitioning the court to set aside the dissolution and attaching to the petition copies of the Secretary of State's certificate of dissolution, the company's application for reinstatement, and the Secretary of State's notice of denial.

(c) The court may summarily order the Secretary of State to reinstate the dissolved company or may take other action the court considers appropriate.

(d) The court's final decision may be appealed as in other civil proceedings.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

ARTICLE 9.

CONVERSIONS AND MERGERS

SECTION 33-44-901. Definitions.

In this article:

(1) "Corporation" means a corporation organized under this title, a predecessor law, or comparable law of another jurisdiction.

(2) "General partner" means a partner in a partnership and a general partner in a limited partnership.

(3) "Limited partner" means a limited partner in a limited partnership.

(4) "Limited partnership" means a limited partnership created under the Uniform Limited Partnership Act, Chapter 42 of this title, a predecessor law, or comparable law of another jurisdiction.

(5) "Partner" includes a general partner and a limited partner.

(6) "Partnership" means a general partnership under the Uniform Partnership Act, Chapter 41 of this title, a predecessor law, or comparable law of another jurisdiction.

(7) "Partnership agreement" means an agreement among the partners concerning the partnership or limited partnership.

(8) "Shareholder" means a shareholder in a corporation.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-902. Conversion of partnership or limited partnership to limited liability company.

(a) A partnership or limited partnership may be converted to a limited liability company pursuant to this section.

(b) The terms and conditions of a conversion of a partnership or limited partnership to a limited liability company must be approved by all of the partners or by a number or percentage of the partners required for conversion in the partnership agreement.

(c) An agreement of conversion must set forth the terms and conditions of the conversion of the interests of partners of a partnership or of a limited partnership, as the case may be, into interests in the converted limited liability company or the cash or other consideration to be paid or delivered as a result of the conversion of the interests of the partners, or a combination thereof.

(d) After a conversion is approved under subsection (b), the partnership or limited partnership shall file articles of organization in the office of the Secretary of State which satisfy the requirements of Section 33-44-203 and contain:

(1) a statement that the partnership or limited partnership was converted to a limited liability company from a partnership or limited partnership, as the case may be;

(2) its former name;

(3) a statement of the number of votes cast by the partners entitled to vote for and against the conversion and, if the vote is less than unanimous, the number or percentage required to approve the conversion under subsection (b); and

(4) in the case of a limited partnership, a statement that the certificate of limited partnership is to be canceled as of the date the conversion took effect.

(e) In the case of a limited partnership, the filing of articles of organization under subsection (d) cancels its certificate of limited partnership as of the date the conversion took effect.

(f) A conversion takes effect when the articles of organization are filed in the office of the Secretary of State or at any later date specified in the articles of organization.

(g) A general partner who becomes a member of a limited liability company as a result of a conversion remains liable as a partner for an obligation incurred by the partnership or limited partnership before the conversion takes effect.

(h) A general partner's liability for all obligations of the limited liability company incurred after the conversion takes effect is that of a member of the company. A limited partner who becomes a member as a result of a conversion remains liable only to the extent the limited partner was liable for an obligation incurred by the limited partnership before the conversion takes effect.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-903. Effect of conversion on entity; filing name change on title to real property.

(a) A partnership or limited partnership that has been converted pursuant to this article is for all purposes the same entity that existed before the conversion.

(b) When a conversion takes effect:

(1) all property owned by the converting partnership or limited partnership vests in the limited liability company;

(2) all debts, liabilities, and other obligations of the converting partnership or limited partnership continue as obligations of the limited liability company;

(3) an action or proceeding pending by or against the converting partnership or limited partnership may be continued as if the conversion had not occurred;

(4) except as prohibited by other law, all of the rights, privileges, immunities, powers, and purposes of the converting partnership or limited partnership vest in the limited liability company; and

(5) except as otherwise provided in the agreement of conversion under Section 33-44-902(c), all of the partners of the converting partnership continue as members of the limited liability company.

(c)(1) If an entity that owns real property in South Carolina is converted to a limited liability company by amendment of its articles or by merger, share exchange, or reorganization, the newly-named surviving, acquiring, or reorganizing limited liability company shall file a notice of that name change in the office of the register of deeds of that county. If there is no office in that county, the notice of name change must be filed with the clerk of court of the county in which that real property is located.

(2) The filing must be by:

(i) affidavit executed in accordance with the provisions of Section 33-1-200 and containing the old and new names of the limited liability company and describing the real property owned by that limited liability company; or

(ii) filing a certified copy of the amended articles, articles of merger, or articles of share exchange, including a description of the real property; or

(iii) a duly recorded deed of conveyance to the newly-named surviving, acquiring, or reorganizing limited liability company.

(3) The affidavit or filed articles must be duly indexed in the index of deeds.

(4) The purpose of this subitem is to establish record notice pursuant to Chapter 7 of Title 30. Failure to make the required filing of a limited liability name change does not affect the legality, force, effect, or enforceability as between the parties of a conveyance or other transaction involving the real estate owned by the affected limited liability company that is made after the change in name.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 33.



SECTION 33-44-904. Merger of entities.

(a) Pursuant to a plan of merger approved under subsection (c), a limited liability company may be merged with or into one or more limited liability companies, foreign limited liability companies, corporations, foreign corporations, partnerships, foreign partnerships, limited partnerships, foreign limited partnerships, or other domestic or foreign entities.

(b) A plan of merger must set forth:

(1) the name of each entity that is a party to the merger;

(2) the name of the surviving entity into which the other entities will merge;

(3) the type of organization of the surviving entity;

(4) the terms and conditions of the merger;

(5) the manner and basis for converting the interests of each party to the merger into interests or obligations of the surviving entity or into money or other property in whole or in part; and

(6) the street address of the surviving entity's principal place of business.

(c) A plan of merger must be approved:

(1) in the case of a limited liability company that is a party to the merger, by all of the members or by a number or percentage of members specified in the operating agreement;

(2) in the case of a foreign limited liability company that is a party to the merger, by the vote required for approval of a merger by the law of the State or foreign jurisdiction in which the foreign limited liability company is organized;

(3) in the case of a partnership or domestic limited partnership that is a party to the merger, by the vote required for approval of a conversion under Section 33-44-902(b); and

(4) in the case of any other entities that are parties to the merger, by the vote required for approval of a merger by the law of this State or of the state or foreign jurisdiction in which the entity is organized and, in the absence of such a requirement, by all the owners of interests in the entity.

(d) After a plan of merger is approved and before the merger takes effect, the plan may be amended or abandoned as provided in the plan.

(e) The merger is effective upon the filing of the articles of merger with the Secretary of State or at such later date as the articles may provide.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-905. Articles of merger.

(a) After approval of the plan of merger pursuant to Section 33-44-904(c), unless the merger is abandoned pursuant to Section 33-44-904(d), articles of merger must be signed on behalf of each limited liability company and other entity that is a party to the merger and delivered to the Secretary of State for filing. The articles must include:

(1) the name and jurisdiction of formation or organization of each of the limited liability companies and other entities that are parties to the merger;

(2) for each limited liability company that is to merge, the date its articles of organization were filed with the Secretary of State;

(3) that a plan of merger is approved and signed by each limited liability company and other entity that is to merge;

(4) the name and address of the surviving limited liability company or other surviving entity;

(5) the effective date of the merger;

(6) if a limited liability company is the surviving entity, changes in its articles of organization necessary by reason of the merger;

(7) if a party to a merger is a foreign entity, the jurisdiction and date of filing of its articles of incorporation, articles of organization, certificate of limited partnership, or other organizational document, if any, and the date when its application for authority was filed by the Secretary of State or, if an application has not been filed, a statement to that effect; and

(8) if the surviving entity is a foreign entity, an agreement that the surviving entity may be served with process in this State and is subject to liability in any action or proceeding for the enforcement of any liability or obligation of any limited liability company previously subject to suit in this State which is to merge, and for the enforcement, as provided in this chapter, of the right of members of any limited liability company to receive payment for their interest against the surviving entity.

(b) If a foreign entity is the surviving entity of a merger, it shall not do business in this State until an application for that authority is filed with the Secretary of State.

(c) The surviving limited liability company or other entity shall furnish a copy of the plan of merger, on request and without cost, to any member of any limited liability company or any person holding an interest in any other entity that is to merge.

(d) Articles of merger operate as an amendment to the limited liability company's articles of organization.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 34.

SECTION 33-44-906. Effect of merger.

(a) When a merger takes effect:

(1) the separate existence of each limited liability company and other entity that is a party to the merger, other than the surviving entity, terminates;

(2) all property owned by each of the limited liability companies and other entities that are party to the merger vests in the surviving entity;

(3) all debts, liabilities, and other obligations of each limited liability company and other entity that is party to the merger become the obligations of the surviving entity;

(4) an action or proceeding pending by or against a limited liability company or other party to a merger may be continued as if the merger had not occurred or the surviving entity may be substituted as a party to the action or proceeding; and

(5) except as prohibited by other law, all the rights, privileges, immunities, powers, and purposes of every limited liability company and other entity that is a party to a merger vest in the surviving entity.

(b) The Secretary of State is an agent for service of process in an action or proceeding against the surviving foreign entity to enforce an obligation of any party to a merger if the surviving foreign entity fails to appoint or maintain an agent designated for service of process in this State or the agent for service of process cannot with reasonable diligence be found at the designated office. Upon receipt of process, the Secretary of State shall send a copy of the process by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the surviving entity at the address set forth in the articles of merger. Service is effected under this subsection at the earliest of:

(1) the date the company receives the process, notice, or demand;

(2) the date shown on the return receipt, if signed on behalf of the company; or

(3) five days after its deposit in the mail, if mailed postpaid and correctly addressed.

(c) A member of the surviving limited liability company is liable for all obligations of a party to the merger for which the member was personally liable before the merger.

(d) Unless otherwise agreed, a merger of a limited liability company that is not the surviving entity in the merger does not require the limited liability company to wind up its business under this chapter or pay its liabilities and distribute its assets pursuant to this chapter.

(e) Articles of merger serve as articles of dissolution for a limited liability company that is not the surviving entity in the merger.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-907. Article not exclusive.

This article does not preclude an entity from being converted or merged under other law.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-908. Conversion to corporation; approval and contents of agreement of conversion; filing of articles of incorporation.

(a) A limited liability company may be converted to a corporation pursuant to this section.

(b) The terms and conditions of a conversion of a limited liability company to a corporation must be approved by all the members or by the number or percentage of the members required for conversion in the limited liability company agreement.

(c) An agreement of conversion must include the terms and conditions of the conversion of the interests of members of a limited liability company into interests in the converted corporation or the cash or other consideration to be paid or delivered as a result of the conversion of the interests of the members, or both.

(d) After a conversion is approved pursuant to subsection (b), the limited liability company shall file with the Secretary of State articles of incorporation that satisfy the requirements of Section 33-2-102 and contain:

(1) a statement that the limited liability company was converted to a corporation from a limited liability company;

(2) its former name;

(3) a statement of the number of votes cast by the members entitled to vote for and against the conversion and, if the vote is less than unanimous, the number or percentage required to approve the conversion pursuant to subsection (b); and

(4) a statement that the articles of organization are cancelled as of the date the conversion takes effect.

(e) A conversion takes effect when the articles of incorporation are filed in the Office of the Secretary of State or at a later date specified in the articles of incorporation.

(f) A member who becomes a shareholder of a corporation as a result of a conversion remains liable as a member for an obligation incurred by the limited liability company before the conversion takes effect and for which a member would be personally liable.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

SECTION 33-44-909. When conversion takes effect; filing of notice of name change as to real property.

(a) A limited liability company that is converted to a corporation is for all purposes the same entity that existed before the conversion.

(b) When a conversion takes effect:

(1) all property owned by the converting limited liability company vests in the corporation;

(2) all debts, liabilities, and other obligations of the converting limited liability company continue as obligations of the corporation;

(3) an action or proceeding pending by or against the converting limited liability company may be continued as if the conversion had not occurred;

(4) except as prohibited by other law, all the rights, privileges, immunities, powers, and purposes of the converting limited liability company vest in the corporation;

(5) except as otherwise provided in the agreement of conversion pursuant to Section 33-44-908, all the members of the converting limited liability company continue as shareholders of the corporation; and

(6) a member's liability for all obligations of the corporation incurred after the conversion takes effect is that of a shareholder of the corporation.

(c)(1) If a limited liability company that owns real property in South Carolina is converted to a corporation, the newly-named corporation must file a notice of that name change in the office of the register of deeds of the county in South Carolina in which the real property is located. If there is no office in that county, a notice of name change must be filed with the clerk of court of the county in which that real property is located.

(2) The filing must be by:

(i) affidavit executed in accordance with the provisions of Section 33-1-200 and containing the old name of the limited liability company and new name of the corporation and describing the real property owned by that corporation; or

(ii) filing a certified copy of the articles of incorporation including a description of the real property; or

(iii) by a duly recorded deed of conveyance to the newly-named corporation.

(3) The affidavit, filed articles, or deed must be duly indexed in both the grantor and grantee indices to deeds in the index of deeds.

(4) The purpose of this subitem is to establish record notice pursuant to Chapter 7 of Title 30. Failure to make the required filing of a limited liability company name change does not affect the legality, force, effect, or enforceability as between the parties of any conveyance or other transaction involving the real estate owned by the affected corporation that is made after the change in name.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

SECTION 33-44-910. Conversion to limited partnership; terms and approval of agreement of conversion; filing of certificate of limited partnership.

(a) A limited liability company may be converted to a limited partnership pursuant to this section.

(b) The terms and conditions of a conversion of a limited liability company to a limited partnership must be approved by all the members or by the number or percentage of the members required for conversion in the operating agreement.

(c) An agreement of conversion must include the terms and conditions of the conversion of the interests of members of a limited liability company into interests in the converted limited partnership or the cash or other consideration to be paid or delivered as a result of the conversion of the interests of the members, or both.

(d) After a conversion is approved pursuant to subsection (b), the limited liability company shall file with the Secretary of State a certificate of limited partnership that satisfies the requirements of Section 33-42-210 and contains:

(1) a statement that the limited liability company is converted to a limited partnership from a limited liability company;

(2) its former name;

(3) a statement of the number of votes cast by the members entitled to vote for and against the conversion and, if the vote is less than unanimous, the number or percentage required to approve the conversion pursuant to subsection (b); and

(4) a statement that the articles of organization are cancelled as of the date the conversion takes effect.

(e) The filing of a certificate of limited partnership pursuant to subsection (d) cancels the articles of organization of the limited liability company as of the date the conversion takes effect.

(f) A conversion takes effect when the certificate of limited partnership is filed with the Secretary of State or at a later date specified in the certificate of limited partnership.

(g) A member's liability for all obligations of the limited partnership incurred after the conversion takes effect is that of a general partner or limited partner. A member who becomes a partner of a limited partnership as a result of a conversion remains liable only to the extent the member was liable for an obligation incurred by the limited liability company before the conversion takes effect.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

SECTION 33-44-911. When conversion takes effect; notice of name change as to real property.

(a) A limited liability company that is converted to a limited partnership is for all purposes the same entity that existed before the conversion.

(b) When a conversion takes effect:

(1) all property owned by the converting limited liability company vests in the limited partnership;

(2) all debts, liabilities, and other obligations of the converting limited liability company continue as obligations of the limited partnership;

(3) an action or proceeding pending by or against the converting limited liability company may be continued as if the conversion has not occurred;

(4) except as prohibited by other law, all the rights, privileges, immunities, powers, and purposes of the converting limited liability company vest in the limited partnership; and

(5) except as otherwise provided in the agreement of conversion pursuant to Section 33-44-910(c), all the members of the converting limited liability company continue as general partners or limited partners of the limited partnership in accord with the agreement of conversion.

(c)(1) If a limited liability company that owns real property in South Carolina is converted to a limited partnership, the newly-named limited partnership must file a notice of that name change in the office of the register of deeds of the county in South Carolina in which the real property is located. If there is no office in that county, a notice of name change must be filed with the clerk of court of the county in which that real property is located.

(2) The filing must be by:

(i) affidavit containing the old name of the limited liability company and new name of the limited partnership and describing the real property owned by that partnership or limited partnership; or

(ii) filing a certified copy of the certificate of limited partnership including a description of the real property; or

(iii) a duly recorded deed of conveyance to the newly-named limited partnership.

(3) The affidavit, filed articles, or deed must be duly indexed in both the grantor and grantee indices to deeds in the index of deeds.

(4) The purpose of this subitem is to establish record notice pursuant to Chapter 7 of Title 30. Failure to make the required filing of a limited liability company name change does not affect the legality, force, effect, or enforceability as between the parties of any conveyance or other transaction involving the real estate owned by the affected partnership or limited partnership that is made after the change in name.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

SECTION 33-44-912. Conversion to partnership; contents and approval of agreement of conversion; filing articles of conversion.

(a) A limited liability company may be converted to a partnership pursuant to this section.

(b) The terms and conditions of a conversion of a limited liability company to a partnership must be approved by all the members or by the number or percentage of the members required for conversion in the operating agreement.

(c) An agreement of conversion must include the terms and conditions of the conversion of the interests of members of a limited liability company into interests in the converted partnership or the cash or other consideration to be paid or delivered as a result of the conversion of the interests of the members, or both.

(d) After a conversion is approved pursuant to subsection (b), the limited liability company shall file with the Secretary of State articles of conversion that contain:

(1) a statement that the limited liability company is converted to a partnership from a limited liability company;

(2) its former name;

(3) a statement of the number of votes cast by the members entitled to vote for and against the conversion and, if the vote is less than unanimous, the number or percentage required to approve the conversion pursuant to subsection (b); and

(4) a statement that the articles of organization are cancelled as of the date the conversion takes effect.

(e) A conversion takes effect when the articles of conversion are filed with the Secretary of State or at a later date specified in the articles of conversion.

(f) A member who becomes a partner of a partnership as a result of a conversion remains liable as a member for an obligation incurred by the limited liability company before the conversion takes effect and for which a member would be personally liable.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

SECTION 33-44-913. When conversion takes effect; notice of name change as to real property.

(a) A limited liability company that has been converted to a partnership is for all purposes the same entity that existed before the conversion.

(b) When a conversion takes effect:

(1) all property owned by the converting limited liability company vests in the partnership;

(2) all debts, liabilities, and other obligations of the converting limited liability company continue as obligations of the partnership;

(3) an action or proceeding pending by or against the converting limited liability company may be continued as if the conversion has not occurred;

(4) except as prohibited by other law, all the rights, privileges, immunities, powers, and purposes of the converting limited liability company vest in the partnership;

(5) except as otherwise provided in the agreement of conversion pursuant to Section 33-44-912(c), all the members of the converting limited liability company continue as general partners of the partnership in accord with the agreement of conversion; and

(6) a member's liability for all obligations of the partnership incurred after the conversion takes effect is that of a general partner of the partnership.

(c)(1) If a limited liability company that owns real property in South Carolina is converted to a partnership, the newly-named partnership must file a notice of that name change in the office of the register of deeds of the county in South Carolina in which the real property is located. If there is no office in that county, a notice of name change must be filed with the clerk of court of the county in which that real property is located.

(2) The filing must be by:

(i) affidavit containing the old name of the limited liability company and new name of the partnership and describing the real property owned by that partnership; or

(ii) filing a certified copy of the articles of conversion including a description of the real property; or

(iii) a duly recorded deed of conveyance to the newly-named partnership.

(3) The affidavit, filed articles, or deed must be duly indexed in both the grantor and grantee indices to deeds in the index of deeds.

(4) The purpose of this subitem is to establish record notice pursuant to Chapter 7 of Title 30. Failure to make the required filing of a limited liability company name change does not affect the legality, force, effect, or enforceability as between the parties of any conveyance or other transaction involving the real estate owned by the affected partnership that is made after the change in name.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

SECTION 33-44-914. Conversion under other law.

A limited liability company is not precluded from being converted pursuant to other law.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 5.

ARTICLE 10.

FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES

SECTION 33-44-1001. Law governing foreign limited liability companies.

(a) Except as provided in Section 12-2-25 for single-member limited liability companies, the laws of the State or other jurisdiction under which a foreign limited liability company is organized govern its organization and internal affairs and the liability of its managers, members, and their transferees.

(b) A foreign limited liability company may not be denied a certificate of authority by reason of any difference between the laws of another jurisdiction under which the foreign company is organized and the laws of this State.

(c) A certificate of authority does not authorize a foreign limited liability company to engage in any business or exercise any power that a limited liability company may not engage in or exercise in this State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 1997 Act No. 91, Section 3.



SECTION 33-44-1002. Application for certificate of authority.

(a) A foreign limited liability company may apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in this State by delivering an application to the Secretary of State for filing. The application must set forth:

(1) the name of the foreign company or, if its name is unavailable for use in this State, a name that satisfies the requirements of Section 33-44-1005;

(2) the name of the State or country under whose law it is organized;

(3) the street address of its principal office;

(4) the address of its initial designated office in this State;

(5) the name and street address of its initial agent for service of process in this State;

(6) whether the duration of the company is for a specified term and, if so, the period specified;

(7) whether the company is manager-managed, and, if so, the name and address of each initial manager; and

(8) whether the members of the company are to be liable for its debts and obligations under a provision similar to Section 33-44-303(c).

(b) A foreign limited liability company shall deliver with the completed application a certificate of existence or a record of similar import authenticated by the Secretary of State or other official having custody of company records in the State or country under whose law it is organized.

(c) By applying for a certificate of authority to transact business in this State, the foreign limited liability company agrees to be subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue and the South Carolina courts to determine its South Carolina tax liability, including withholding and estimated taxes, together with any related interest and penalties, if any. Applying for a certificate of authority is not an admission of tax liability.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-1003. Activities not constituting transacting business.

(a) activities of a foreign limited liability company that are not considered transacting business in this State within the meaning of this article include:

(1) maintaining, defending, or settling an action or proceeding;

(2) holding meetings of its members or managers or carrying on other activity concerning its internal affairs;

(3) maintaining bank accounts;

(4) maintaining offices or agencies for the transfer, exchange, and registration of the foreign company's own securities or maintaining trustees or depositories with respect to those securities;

(5) selling through independent contractors;

(6) soliciting or obtaining orders, by mail or through employees or agents or otherwise, if the orders require acceptance outside this State before they become contracts;

(7) creating or acquiring indebtedness, mortgages, or security interests in real or personal property;

(8) securing or collecting debts or enforcing mortgages or other security interests in property securing the debts, and holding, protecting, and maintaining property so acquired;

(9) conducting an isolated transaction that is completed within thirty days and is not one in the course of similar transactions of a like manner;

(10) transacting business in interstate commerce; and

(11) owning, without more, an interest in a limited liability company organized or transacting business in this State.

(b) For purposes of this article, the ownership in this State of income-producing real property or tangible personal property, other than property excluded under subsection (a), constitutes transacting business in this State.

(c) This section does not apply in determining the contacts or activities that may subject a foreign limited liability company to service of process, taxation, or regulation under any other law of this State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 35.

SECTION 33-44-1004. Issuance of certificate of authority.

Unless the Secretary of State determines that an application for a certificate of authority fails to comply as to form with the filing requirements of this chapter, the Secretary of State, upon payment of all filing fees, shall file the application and send a receipt for it and the fees to the limited liability company or its representative.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1005. Name of foreign limited liability company.

(a) If the name of a foreign limited liability company does not satisfy the requirements of Section 33-44-105, the company, to obtain or maintain a certificate of authority to transact business in this State, must use a fictitious name to transact business in this State if its real name is unavailable and it delivers to the Secretary of State for filing a copy of the resolution of its managers, in the case of a manager-managed company, or of its members, in the case of a member-managed company, adopting the fictitious name.

(b) Except as authorized by subsections (c) and (d), the name, including a fictitious name to be used to transact business in this State, of a foreign limited liability company must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from:

(1) the name of any corporation, limited partnership, or company incorporated, organized, or authorized to transact business in this State;

(2) a name reserved or registered under Section 33-44-106 or 33-44-107; and

(3) the fictitious name of another foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this State.

(c) A foreign limited liability company may apply to the Secretary of State for authority to use in this State a name that is not distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from a name described in subsection (b). The Secretary of State shall authorize use of the name applied for if:

(1) the present user, registrant, or owner of a reserved name consents to the use in a record and submits an undertaking in form satisfactory to the Secretary of State to change its name to a name that is distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from the name of the foreign applying limited liability company; or

(2) the applicant delivers to the Secretary of State a certified copy of a final judgment of a court establishing the applicant's right to use the name applied for in this State.

(d) A foreign limited liability company may use in this State the name, including the fictitious name, of another domestic or foreign entity that is used in this State if the other entity is incorporated, organized, or authorized to transact business in this State and the foreign limited liability company:

(1) has merged with the other entity;

(2) has been formed by reorganization of the other entity; or

(3) has acquired all or substantially all of the assets including the name of the other entity.

(e) If a foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this State changes its name to one that does not satisfy the requirements of Section 33-44-105, it may not transact business in this State under the name as changed until it adopts a name satisfying the requirements of Section 33-44-105 and obtains an amended certificate of authority.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1006. Revocation of certificate of authority.

(a) A certificate of authority of a foreign limited liability company to transact business in this State may be revoked by the Secretary of State in the manner provided in subsection (b) if:

(1) the company fails to:

(i) pay a fee, tax, or penalty owed to this State;

(ii) appoint and maintain an agent for service of process as required by this article; or

(iii) file a statement of a change in the name or business address of the agent as required by this article; or

(2) a misrepresentation has been made of a material matter in any application, report, affidavit, or other record submitted by the company pursuant to this article.

(b) The Secretary of State may not revoke a certificate of authority of a foreign limited liability company unless the Secretary of State sends the company notice of the revocation, at least sixty days before its effective date, by a record addressed to its agent for service of process in this State, or if the company fails to appoint and maintain a proper agent in this State, addressed to the office required to be maintained by Section 33-44-108. The notice must specify the cause for the revocation of the certificate of authority. The authority of the company to transact business in this State ceases on the effective date of the revocation unless the foreign limited liability company cures the failure before that date.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 36.

SECTION 33-44-1007. Cancellation of authority.

A foreign limited liability company may cancel its authority to transact business in this State by filing in the office of the Secretary of State a certificate of cancellation. Cancellation does not terminate the authority of the Secretary of State to accept service of process on the company for claims for relief arising out of the transactions of business in this State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1008. Effect of failure to obtain certificate of authority.

(a) A foreign limited liability company transacting business in this State may not maintain an action or proceeding in this State unless it has a certificate of authority to transact business in this State.

(b) The failure of a foreign limited liability company to have a certificate of authority to transact business in this State does not impair the validity of a contract or act of the company or prevent the foreign limited liability company from defending an action or proceeding in this State.

(c) Limitations on personal liability of managers, members, and their transferees are not waived solely by transacting business in this State without a certificate of authority.

(d) If a foreign limited liability company transacts business in this State without a certificate of authority, it appoints the Secretary of State as its agent for service of process for claims for relief arising out of the transaction of business in this State.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1009. Action by Attorney General.

The Attorney General may maintain an action to restrain a foreign limited liability company from transacting business in this State in violation of this article.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

ARTICLE 11.

DERIVATIVE ACTIONS

SECTION 33-44-1101. Right of action.

A member of a limited liability company may maintain an action in the right of the company if the members or managers having authority to do so have refused to commence the action or an effort to cause those members or managers to commence the action is not likely to succeed.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-1102. Proper plaintiff.

In a derivative action for a limited liability company, the plaintiff must be a member of the company when the action is commenced; and

(1) must have been a member at the time of the transaction of which the plaintiff complains; or

(2) the plaintiff's status as a member must have devolved upon the plaintiff by operation of law or pursuant to the terms of the operating agreement from a person who was a member at the time of the transaction.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1103. Pleading.

In a derivative action for a limited liability company, the complaint must set forth with particularity the effort of the plaintiff to secure initiation of the action by a member or manager or the reasons for not making the effort.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.



SECTION 33-44-1104. Expenses.

If a derivative action for a limited liability company is successful, in whole or in part, or if anything is received by the plaintiff as a result of a judgment, compromise, or settlement of an action or claim, the court may award the plaintiff reasonable expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, and shall direct the plaintiff to remit to the limited liability company the remainder of the proceeds received.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

ARTICLE 12.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SECTION 33-44-1201. Uniformity of application and construction.

This chapter shall be applied and construed to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law with respect to the subject of this chapter among states enacting it.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

This chapter may be cited as the South Carolina Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of 1996.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1203. Severability clause.

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this chapter which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this chapter are severable.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1204. Fees.

(a) The Secretary of State shall collect the following fees when the documents described in this subsection are delivered to him for filing:

(1) articles of organization of a limited liability company: one hundred ten dollars.

(2) amendment or restatement of the articles of organization of a limited liability company: one hundred ten dollars.

(3) articles of merger involving a domestic or foreign limited liability company: one hundred ten dollars.

(4) application by a foreign limited liability company for a certificate of authority to transact business in South Carolina: one hundred ten dollars.

(5) amendment by a foreign limited liability company of its certificate of authority: one hundred ten dollars.

(6) application for reservation of a limited liability company name: twenty-five dollars.

(7) notice of transfer of a reserved limited liability company name: ten dollars.

(8) annual application for registration or renewal of a foreign limited liability company name: ten dollars.

(9) statement of change of designated office or agent for the service of process, or both: ten dollars.

(10) articles of termination: ten dollars.

(11) application for reinstatement after administrative dissolution: twenty-five dollars.

(12) application for certificate of cancellation: ten dollars.

(13) application for certificate of existence or authorization: ten dollars.

(14) other document required or authorized to be filed pursuant to this chapter: two dollars.

(b) The Secretary of State shall collect a fee of ten dollars each time process is served on him under this chapter. The party to a proceeding causing service of process is entitled to recover this fee as costs if he prevails in the proceeding.

(c) The Secretary of State shall collect the following fees for copying and certifying the copy of any filed document relating to a domestic or foreign limited liability company:

(1) for copying, one dollar for the first page and fifty cents for each additional page; and

(2) two dollars for each certificate.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2; 2004 Act No. 221, Section 37.

SECTION 33-44-1205. Term partnership includes limited liability company.

Except (1) as otherwise required by the context, (2) as inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, and (3) for this chapter, Chapters 41 and 42 of Title 33, and Title 12, the term "partnership" or "general partnership", when used in any other statute or in any regulation, includes and also means "limited liability company."

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1206. Transitional provisions.

(a) Before January 1, 2001, this chapter governs only a limited liability company organized:

(1) after the effective date of this chapter, unless the company is continuing the business of a dissolved limited liability company under Section 33-43-901.3; and

(2) before the effective date of this chapter, which elects, as provided by subsection (c), to be governed by this chapter.

(b) On and after January 1, 2001, this chapter governs all limited liability companies.

(c) Before January 1, 2001, a limited liability company voluntarily may elect, in the manner provided in its operating agreement or by law for amending the operating agreement, to be governed by this chapter.

(d) Before January 1, 2001, this chapter governs only a foreign limited liability company which applies for a certificate of authority (or amended certificate) to transact business in this State after the effective date of this chapter, or which first transacts business in this State after the effective date of this chapter.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, after January 1, 2001, the Secretary of State may commence a proceeding to dissolve a limited liability company under Section 33-44-809, if the company was formed prior to the effective date of this act and its articles of organization are not in conformity with Section 33-44-203.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, after January 1, 2001, the Secretary of State may revoke a foreign limited liability company's certificate of authority under Section 33-44-1006, if the company was granted a certificate of authority prior to the effective date of this act and its latest application for a certificate or amended certificate of authority does not set forth the information required by Section 33-44-1002.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1207. Savings clause.

This chapter does not affect an action or proceeding commenced or right accrued before the effective date of this chapter.

HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 343, Section 2.

SECTION 33-44-1208. Qualification of foreign corporation.

A foreign corporation is not required to qualify to do business in South Carolina merely because it is a member of a manager-run limited liability company, or because it is a member in a limited liability company but does not take part in the management of the limited liability company.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 221, Section 6.






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