The Ohio Revised Limited Liability Company Act took effect on February 11, 2022. The New LLC Act replaces Chapter 1705 of the Ohio Revised Code, enacted in 1994, with Chapter 1706 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The new Act changes management structure and authority by eliminating the distinction between member-managed and manager-managed limited liability companies. A person’s ability to act as an agent and bind the limited liability company can be authorized by (1) the operating agreement; (2) decisions of members in accordance with the operating agreement; (3) a Statement of Authority (Form 613) filed with the secretary of state’s office; or (4) the LLC Act’s default rules.
Another change the Act permits is the formation of Series LLCs. Each series, in its own name, may enter into contracts; sue or be sued; hold and convey title to assets of the series, including real property, personal property, and intangible property; and grant liens and security interests in assets of the series. This structure provides liability protection to each series, as assets owned by one series are shielded from the risk of liability of others within the same series LLC.
The new LLC Act creates a statutory framework to force creditors and claimants to resolve matters against a dissolved LLC within certain deadlines after the claimant or creditor is given notice.
The old filing forms used by limited liability companies have been updated. The Secretary of State’s Office no longer accepts the old forms as of February 11, 2022. The new forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.