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Limited Liability Company – General – Washington

A Washington limited liability company (LLC) organized to engage in the practice of architecture is controlled generally by the Washington Limited Liability Company Act and specifically by the provisions of that Act relative to professional limited liability companies. Additionally, a limited liability organized to engage in the practice of architecture is subject to the rules and regulations of the Washington State Board of Registration for Architects.

A professional limited liability company (PLLC) is subject to all the provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act that apply to a professional corporation. A PLLC’s managers, members, agents, and employees are subject to all the provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act that apply to directors, officers, shareholders, agents, or employees of a professional corporation.

For purposes of applying the provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act to a professional limited liability company, the terms “director” or “officer” means manager, “shareholder” means member, “corporation” means professional limited liability company, “articles of incorporation” means certificate of formation, “shares” or “capital stock” means a limited liability company interest, “incorporator” means the person who executes the certificate of formation, and “bylaws” means the limited liability company agreement.

If there is a conflict between the Professional Service Corporation Act and the provisions of the Washington Limited Liability Company Act applicable to professional limited liability companies, then the provisions of the Washington Limited Liability Company Act prevail.

One person, or group of persons, all of whom are to render professional services within Washington or any other state may organize and become a member or members of a professional limited liability company under the Washington Limited Liability Company Act for the purpose of rendering professional services. A person duly licensed to render professional services in any jurisdiction other than Washington from becoming a member of a professional limited liability company organized for the purpose of rendering the same professional services.

Persons engaged in a profession and otherwise meeting the requirements of the Washington Limited Liability Company Act may operate as a professional limited liability company so long as each member personally engaged in the practice of the profession in Washington state is duly licensed to practice the profession in Washington and

1. At least one manager of the PLLC is duly licensed or otherwise legally authorized to practice the profession in Washington; or
2. Each member in charge of an office of the PLLC in Washington is duly licensed or to practice the profession in Washington.

If the PLLC’s members are required to be licensed to practice such profession, and the company fails to maintain for itself and for its members practicing in Washington a policy of professional liability insurance, bond, or other evidence of financial responsibility of a kind designated by rule by the state insurance commissioner and in the amount of at least one million dollars or a greater amount as the state insurance commissioner may establish by rule for a licensed profession or for any specialty within a profession, then the company’s members are personally liable to the extent that, had the insurance, bond, or other evidence of responsibility been maintained, it would have covered the liability in question.

The name of a professional limited liability company must contain either the words “Professional Limited Liability Company,” or the words “Professional Limited Liability” and the abbreviation Co.,” or the abbreviation “P.L.L.C.” or “PLLC.”

The following may be a member of a professional limited liability company and may be the transferee of the interest of an ineligible person or deceased member of the professional limited liability company:

1. A professional corporation, if its shareholders, directors, and its officers other than the secretary and the treasurer, are licensed or otherwise legally authorized to render the same specific professional services as the professional limited liability company; and
2. Another professional limited liability company, if the managers and members of both professional limited liability companies are licensed or otherwise legally authorized to render the same specific professional services.

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