We provide a complete filing service for Professional Corporations, Professional Limited Liability Companies, or the Registration of a Limited Liability Partnership, including obtaining the necessary consents prior to filing, the refiling of a certified copy after filing with the Secretary of State, and completion of publication requirements, when applicable.
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Here is some important information regarding the detailed differences, provisions and procedures you must consider before you choose how to set up the professional practice. If after reviewing the following information, you still have questions, please contact our Corporate Department and we will be glad to assist you.
Licensed professionals may set up a professional service corporation (PC), a professional service limited liability company (PLLC) or a registered limited liability partnership (LLP) if they want to be incorporated, organized as a limited liability company or registered as a limited liability partnership. Licensed professionals may not set up a general business corporation if providing professional services. There are a number of exceptions to the general rule prohibiting the practice of the professions by an entity that is not specifically established to provide professional services such as a professional services corporation. One such exception is a hospital that is authorized to provide health services pursuant to the public health law. Other exceptions include entities established to offer Optometry, Ophthalmic Dispensing, Massage Therapy, Pharmacy, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology services.
Except where specifically authorized by law, a general business corporation may not:
Professions Under Jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department
If you are practicing a licensed profession in New York State, the requirements for starting a new business, or registering a business are different. Although the certificate of incorporation or articles of organization are filed with the Secretary of State, Article 15 BCL and Article 12 LLCL place certain responsibilities with the “Licensing Authority”, which in the case of the following professions is the Office of the Professions, NYS Education Department:
Health Services Professions
Certified Public Accountancy
With the exception of the professions of professional engineering, architecture, landscape architecture and land surveying, any or all of which may be practiced by a single corporation, no professional service corporation may be formed to practice more than one of the other professions listed above unless it is a single-shareholder PC where the only shareholder is licensed in more than one profession.
* Licensees in these professions may not form a PLLC or LLP to practice multiple professions.
This type of professional entity is a existing partnership of professionals that registers with the Secretary of State under Article 8-B of the Partnership Law. To register (and be afforded some additional protection for its members from liability) only requires filing with the Secretary of State and providing the Office of the Professions with a certified copy of the Certificate of Registration. However, LLPs should comply with State Education Department requirements, unless it is engaged in the practice of Law. Listed below are some of the basic requirements:
There may be multiple professional disciplines practiced by a registered limited liability partnership with the exception of the professions of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Licensed Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychoanalysis, Creative Arts Therapy, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
The combined design professions (Engineering, Architecture, Land Surveying and Landscape Architecture) may also practice multiple professional disciplines in a registered limited liability partnership provided that there is a partner licensed to practice every professional service offered by the limited liability partnership.
For the profession of Medicine, licensed physicians may only use the initials “M.D.” after their name if they have earned that specific academic degree.
All partnerships practicing Public Accountancy, including LLPs, must, under Section 7408 of Education Law, register with the New York State Board for Public Accountancy. For an application or further information on CPA/PA partnerships, contact the State Board for Public Accountancy.