How much do lawyers charge for an LLC?

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LLC attorney costs

Lawyers typically charge $1,000 to $1,500 to form an LLC. This usually includes:

Having said that, the cost (and services offered) vary widely across the country.

Additionally, some attorneys offer specific packages and LLC formation “bundles”, while others offer complete bespoke and custom LLC formation services.

So it’s really best to get on the phone and shop around.

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LLC attorney hourly rates

For additional help and services, most LLC attorneys charge an hourly rate.

And on average, that hourly rate is between $150 and $450 per hour. Often rates are higher in larger cities and more affordable in rural areas.

LLC attorney retainer

While business attorneys often charge a retainer (a “pay-some-upfront” fee) for other legal services, this is less common for LLC formation.

And honestly, I’d personally avoid something like this as it can often get expensive quickly.

Are there any alternatives to hiring an LLC attorney?

Besides hiring an attorney to form your LLC, there are other options (especially if you’re on a budget).

You can form your LLC yourself (see how to start an LLC) or you can hire an LLC filing company (see Best LLC services).

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz is the leading expert on LLC education, and has been teaching for 15 years. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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