Transferring real property, or other assets, into an LLC or corporation can help you protect yourself from personal liability. This is typically done with property you anticipate having another party involved with in some way, such as a rental property. Transferring property can help protect you from personal legal liability.
The process for transferring property to your LLC is similar to selling your property to a another party. You’ll just need to completely transfer ownership to the corporation instead of an individual, like in the event of a sale. It’s a simple three step process that we detail below.
You can’t transfer your real estate property, or any other personal property, into your LLC or corporation until you’ve actually formed a new legal entity. This can be a complicated process if you’re not familiar with the proper documentation or if you’re not up to speed with your state’s rules and regulations. Typically you’ll need to register a business name and file the LLC or corporation paperwork with your secretary of state’s office.
NOTE: For the remainder of this article, when we refer to an LLC, the same concept applies to a corporation.
If you haven’t completed this process before then you’ll want someone familiar with the formation documents involved, especially if you have any partners or other members of your LLC. You don’t want to lose any of your own rights to the property because you weren’t sure how to structure the LLC or what basic clauses you needed in your partnership paperwork.
Using an experienced company,like ours that has completed tens of thousands of business formations, is important to make sure you’re completing the LLC formation process correctly. Getting an LLC formed and filed isn’t necessarily difficult but it does require a certain level of expertise to make sure nothing is missed that could hurt you or your business later.
At this point you may want to consult with an attorney to make sure you complete the right deed for your personal property transfer. If you’re transferring real property than most of the time you’ll want a quitclaim deed that shows this transfer of ownership. When executed, a quitclaim deed transfers any interest the grantor has in the property to a grantee. In this case, you will be the grantor and your LLC or corporation will be the grantee.
There may be certain laws surrounding compensation for the transfer in your state, which is another reason you may want to consult an attorney. The laws would be what compensation is required when transferring property from one party to another. There also could be a transfer tax, depending on your state, if there is no compensation paid from the LLC for the property.
In order to receive full legal protection for your personal assets when you transfer the property to your LLC you’ll need to record the deed at your local city or county clerk’s office. This recording creates a public record of the property transferring from you to the LLC, so the world is put on notice that you no longer own it and can’t be held responsible for anything that happens with it.
Recording the deed requires either going down to your local clerk’s office or mailing the paperwork, depending on the rules of your state, and then paying a nominal fee. This is an important step that must be done because otherwise there is no notice to third-parties that may have a legal dispute with the owner of the property in the future, which is a legal requirement to pass legal liability to a new owner.
While the required steps to transfer property to an LLC don’t make for a long list, there may be more things you need to consider and take care of that depend on your situation. Not every single person looking to transfer property to a legal entity will need to complete these tasks, but they should be understood to make sure they aren’t a necessary step for your process.
Additional steps you should keep in mind if you decide to transfer personal assets to an LLC include:
There are things you need to keep in mind when you decide to transfer personal assets to an LLC. For example, your actions may result in certain tax consequences, which we’ll summarize below. While the legal protections are nice, it’s also important to note that you may end up hurting yourself financially if you decide to transfer a property you currently have a mortgage on. We detail the most important pros and cons of transferring personal property into an LLC below.
The pros for moving property into an LLC include:
The cons of moving property into an LLC include:
As we mentioned above, the first step to transferring property to an LLC or Corporation is to register your LLC or corporation. You can do this today by letting us help. It’s a simple three step process where you select your company type and state, you fill out a simple online form, and we send you back all of your paperwork. Get started today so you can realize the legal protection of an LLC with your property!
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