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Entity Name Choice Tips

Suggestions for Choosing Your Entity Name:

  • Make a list of several words or phrases that you would like to include in the entity name. For example: the name of the street you live on, a pet’s name, a favorite saying of yours, etc…
  • Try various combinations of the words and phrases on your list. Have someone else look at the list and read them back to you. Eliminate any names that you don’t like.
  • Make a prioritized list of the remaining names. You need to choose three names from this list to submit to us. We do require three names as your first choice name may not be available. 

Tips to Avoid Common Name Availability Problems and Delays:

  • Avoid using your full name in the name of your entity. This is recommended to create more privacy and protection.
  • Avoid generic or common names such as: “Omega LLC” or “Investment LLC”. Generic names like these are more likely to be determined indistinguishable from another existing entity. Therefore, we encourage you to select a name that is unique to you.
  • Add “modifiers” to generic or common names. Some popular modifiers are Ventures, Holdings, Enterprises, Assets, Group, Properties and Investments. For example, instead of “Maple Tree LLC” try “Maple Tree Group LLC”. Adding modifiers increases the chance of the name being distinguishable from other existing names.
  •  Avoid using words that might imply your entity is involved in the banking business, the trust company business or financial services industry. For example, avoid using words like: Financial, Realty, Trust, Bank. Not only can these names be misleading, but most states have restrictions on which entities can or cannot use those and similar words in their entity name. For example: in the state of New York, you cannot use any form of the word “Invest” in the name of your entity along with many other finance related words.
  • Use letter and numbers only, avoid using symbols such as # or &. For example: "BL & MG Properties LLC" would not be appropriate name.
  • Try to avoid names that are only comprised of individual letters or initials as they are extremely common and often unavailable. For example if your name is Michael Johnson, then “MJ LLC” is not recommended. If you want to use your initials in the name, try adding one of the modifiers above. For example: “MJ23 Properties LLC”