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What constitutes a similarity in names when choosing an LLC name?

When choosing an LLC name, it's crucial to ensure that it is distinguishable from any other business name authorized to operate in the state. This is where the concept of 'similarity in names' comes into play. A similarity in names refers to the likeness between your proposed LLC name and existing business names. To avoid infringing on another LLC's name, you can perform a search in your state's business entity database. This will flag any names that are similar to the one you're considering. However, it's important to note that even if your desired LLC name is available, it's not secured until you file your Articles of Organization and they're accepted. To prevent someone else from choosing the same name, you can file to reserve the name with the state. Most states allow name reservation for a period ranging from 60 to 120 days. Certain differences between your proposed name and an existing one are not considered significant enough to make the names distinguishable. These include the designator ending (LLC, Corp, Inc, etc.), the use of an article (a, an, the), the use of a conjunction word or symbol (and, or, &), and the use of punctuation (hyphens, slashes, dashes).

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