Form 637 "Certificate of Conversion of a Limited Liability Company Converting to a Limited Partnership" - Texas

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Form 637—General Information
(Certificate of Conversion of a Limited Liability Company Converting to a Limited Partnership)
The attached form is designed to meet minimal statutory filing requirements pursuant to the relevant
code provisions. This form and the information provided are not substitutes for the advice and services of an
attorney and tax specialist.
Commentary
A limited liability company may convert into a limited partnership by adopting a plan of conversion in
accordance with section 10.101 of the Texas Business Organizations Code (BOC) and filing a certificate
of conversion with the secretary of state in accordance with sections 10.154 and 10.155 of the BOC. As
defined in section 1.002 of the BOC, conversion means the continuance of a Texas entity as a foreign
entity of any type, the continuance of a foreign entity as a Texas entity of any type, or the continuance of
a Texas entity of one type as a Texas entity of another type. As used in the BOC and in this form,
“converting entity” means the entity that existed before the conversion; “converted entity” means the
entity resulting from a conversion. This form should be used when a limited liability company is the
converting entity and the converted entity is a limited partnership.
Registration as a Limited Liability Partnership: A Texas limited partnership created by conversion may
file for registration to become a limited liability partnership by complying with sections 152.803 and
152.804 of the BOC and filing an application for registration with the secretary of state in accordance
with section 152.802 of the BOC
.
Instructions for Form
Converting Entity Information: The certificate of conversion is filed by the converting entity and
should set forth the legal name of the converting entity and its jurisdiction of organization as part of
the certificate. It is recommended that the date of formation and file number, if any, assigned by the
secretary of state be provided to facilitate processing of the document
.
Converted Entity Information: The entity following the conversion is the converted entity. The
certificate of conversion should set forth the legal name of the converted entity and its jurisdiction of
formation.
Converted Entity Name: If the converted entity is a Texas filing entity, the name of the converted
entity will be checked for availability in accordance with section 5.053 of the BOC. If the converted
entity name is the same as, deceptively similar to, or similar to the name of an existing domestic or
foreign filing entity, or any name reservation or name registration filed with the secretary of state,
the document cannot be filed. However, if the conflicting entity name is the name of the converting
entity and the converting entity is currently in existence with the secretary of state, the converted
entity name will be accepted irrespective of the conflict with the entity name in use by the
converting entity.
Plan of Conversion: Unless the converting entity opts to complete the Alternative Statements
section of this form, a plan of conversion conforming to the requirements of section 10.103 of the
BOC should be attached to the certificate of conversion.
Alternative Statements in Lieu of Plan: As an alternative to attaching the complete plan of
conversion, the converting entity may opt to certify and complete the alternative statements in the
form.
Certificate of Formation for the Converted Entity: The certificate of formation of the converted
entity must be filed with the certificate of conversion if the converted entity is a Texas filing entity.
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Form 637—General Information
(Certificate of Conversion of a Limited Liability Company Converting to a Limited Partnership)
The attached form is designed to meet minimal statutory filing requirements pursuant to the relevant
code provisions. This form and the information provided are not substitutes for the advice and services of an
attorney and tax specialist.
Commentary
A limited liability company may convert into a limited partnership by adopting a plan of conversion in
accordance with section 10.101 of the Texas Business Organizations Code (BOC) and filing a certificate
of conversion with the secretary of state in accordance with sections 10.154 and 10.155 of the BOC. As
defined in section 1.002 of the BOC, conversion means the continuance of a Texas entity as a foreign
entity of any type, the continuance of a foreign entity as a Texas entity of any type, or the continuance of
a Texas entity of one type as a Texas entity of another type. As used in the BOC and in this form,
“converting entity” means the entity that existed before the conversion; “converted entity” means the
entity resulting from a conversion. This form should be used when a limited liability company is the
converting entity and the converted entity is a limited partnership.
Registration as a Limited Liability Partnership: A Texas limited partnership created by conversion may
file for registration to become a limited liability partnership by complying with sections 152.803 and
152.804 of the BOC and filing an application for registration with the secretary of state in accordance
with section 152.802 of the BOC
.
Instructions for Form
Converting Entity Information: The certificate of conversion is filed by the converting entity and
should set forth the legal name of the converting entity and its jurisdiction of organization as part of
the certificate. It is recommended that the date of formation and file number, if any, assigned by the
secretary of state be provided to facilitate processing of the document
.
Converted Entity Information: The entity following the conversion is the converted entity. The
certificate of conversion should set forth the legal name of the converted entity and its jurisdiction of
formation.
Converted Entity Name: If the converted entity is a Texas filing entity, the name of the converted
entity will be checked for availability in accordance with section 5.053 of the BOC. If the converted
entity name is the same as, deceptively similar to, or similar to the name of an existing domestic or
foreign filing entity, or any name reservation or name registration filed with the secretary of state,
the document cannot be filed. However, if the conflicting entity name is the name of the converting
entity and the converting entity is currently in existence with the secretary of state, the converted
entity name will be accepted irrespective of the conflict with the entity name in use by the
converting entity.
Plan of Conversion: Unless the converting entity opts to complete the Alternative Statements
section of this form, a plan of conversion conforming to the requirements of section 10.103 of the
BOC should be attached to the certificate of conversion.
Alternative Statements in Lieu of Plan: As an alternative to attaching the complete plan of
conversion, the converting entity may opt to certify and complete the alternative statements in the
form.
Certificate of Formation for the Converted Entity: The certificate of formation of the converted
entity must be filed with the certificate of conversion if the converted entity is a Texas filing entity.
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If the plan of conversion is attached to the certificate of conversion, the certificate of formation
should be included as part of the plan of conversion. If the converting entity opts to set forth the
alternate statements in lieu of providing the complete plan of conversion, the certificate of formation
for the limited partnership must be attached to the certificate of conversion.
¾
The certificate of formation of a limited partnership formed under a plan of conversion must
include a statement to that effect. In addition, the certificate of formation must provide the
name, address, date of formation, prior form of organization and the jurisdiction of formation of
the converting entity.
¾ If the certificate of formation of the Texas limited partnership fails to comply with the
requirements of sections 3.005 and 3.011 of the BOC, the certificate of conversion cannot be
filed.
¾
If the converted entity is a foreign limited partnership, the foreign entity must register as a
foreign filing entity under chapter 9 of the BOC before the transaction of any business in Texas.
Approval of the Plan of Conversion: The certificate of conversion must include a statement that
the plan of conversion has been approved as required by (1) the laws of the jurisdiction of formation
and (2) the governing documents of the converting entity.
¾ 101.356(c) of the BOC sets forth the requirements for approval of the plan of conversion by a
Texas limited liability company.
¾ A foreign entity that is the converting entity must comply with the laws of the jurisdiction of its
formation.
Effectiveness of Filing: A certificate of conversion becomes effective when accepted and filed by
the secretary of state (option A). However, pursuant to sections 4.052 and 4.053 of the BOC the
effectiveness of the instrument may be delayed to a date not more than ninety (90) days from the
date the instrument is signed (option B). The effectiveness of the instrument also may be delayed on
the occurrence of a future event or fact, other than the passage of time (option C). If option C is
selected, you must state the manner in which the event or fact will cause the instrument to take effect
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and the date of the 90
day after the date the instrument is signed. In order for the certificate to take
effect under option C, the entity must, within ninety (90) days of the filing of the certificate, file a
statement with the secretary of state regarding the event or fact pursuant to section 4.055 of the
BOC.
On the filing of a document with a delayed effective date or condition, the computer records of the
secretary of state will be changed to show the filing of the document, the date of the filing, and the
future date on which the document will be effective or evidence that the effectiveness was
conditioned on the occurrence of a future event or fact. In addition, at the time of such filing, the
status of a converting Texas filing entity will be shown as “conversion” and the status of a converted
Texas filing entity will be shown as “in existence” on the records of the secretary of state.
Tax Certificate: The secretary of state may not accept a certificate of conversion for filing if the
required franchise taxes have not been paid (BOC § 10.156). The certificate of conversion must be
accompanied by a certificate of account status from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
indicating that the converting entity is in good standing having no franchise tax reports or payments
due. The certificate of account status must be valid through the effective date of filing of the
conversion. Please note that the Comptroller issues many different types of certificates of account
status. A certificate of account status for purposes of conversion obtained from the Comptroller’s
web site will be accepted only when the converted entity is subject to franchise tax under Texas law.
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Requests for certificates or questions on tax status should be directed to the Tax Assistance Section
of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin, Texas 78744-0100; (512) 463-4600 or toll-free (800)
252-1381. You also may contact tax.help@cpa.state.tx.us.
In lieu of a tax certificate, the certificate of conversion may provide that the converted entity is liable
for the payment of the required franchise taxes.
Execution: Pursuant to section 4.001 of the BOC, the certificate of conversion must be signed by a
person authorized by the BOC to act on behalf of the converting entity in regard to the filing
instrument. Generally, a governing person or managerial official of the entity signs a filing
instrument.
A certificate of conversion filed by a limited liability company should be signed by an authorized
manager if the company has managers. If the company does not have managers and is managed by
its members, an authorized managing-member must sign the certificate of conversion.
The certificate of conversion need not be notarized. However, before signing, please read the
statements on this form carefully. A person commits an offense under section 4.008 of the BOC if
the person signs or directs the filing of a filing instrument the person knows is materially false with
the intent that the instrument be delivered to the secretary of state for filing. The offense is a Class A
misdemeanor unless the person’s intent is to harm or defraud another, in which case the offense is a
state jail felony.
Payment and Delivery Instructions: The filing fee for a certificate of conversion is $300 plus the
fee for filing the certificate of formation when the converted entity is a domestic filing entity.
¾ The fee for conversion of a Texas or foreign limited liability company to a Texas limited
partnership is $1050 ($300 for the certificate of conversion and $750 for the certificate of
formation for the limited partnership).
¾ The fee for conversion of a Texas limited liability company into a foreign limited partnership is
$300 for the certificate of conversion. There is no certificate of formation filed on behalf of the
foreign entity. However, if the foreign entity is a foreign filing entity transacting business in
Texas and required to register in Texas under chapter 9 of the BOC, the foreign filing entity must
register and pay the applicable fee for registration under chapter 9.
Fees may be paid by personal checks, money orders, LegalEase debit cards, or American Express,
Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards. Checks or money orders must be payable through a
U.S. bank or financial institution and made payable to the secretary of state. Fees paid by credit card
are subject to a statutorily authorized convenience fee of 2.7 percent of the total fees.
Submit the completed form in duplicate along with the filing fee. The form may be mailed to P.O.
Box 13697, Austin, Texas 78711-3697; faxed to (512) 463-5709; or delivered to the James Earl
Rudder Office Building, 1019 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701. If a document is transmitted by fax,
credit card information must accompany the transmission (Form 807). On filing the document, the
secretary of state will return the appropriate evidence of filing to the submitter together with a file-
stamped copy of the document, if a duplicate copy was provided as instructed.
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Form
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Return in duplicate to:
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 13697
Certificate of Conversion
Austin, TX 78711-3697
of a
512 463-5555
Limited Liability Company
FAX: 512 463-5709
Converting
to a
Filing Fee: See instructions
Limited Partnership
Converting Entity Information
The name of the converting limited liability company is:
The jurisdiction of formation of the limited liability company is:
The date of formation of the limited liability company is:
The file number, if any, issued to the company by the secretary of state is:
Converted Entity Information
The limited liability company named above is converting to a limited partnership. The name of the
limited partnership is:
The limited partnership will be formed under the laws of:
Plan of Conversion
The plan of conversion is attached.
If the plan of conversion is not attached, the following section must be completed.
Alternative Statements
In lieu of providing the plan of conversion, the converting limited liability company certifies that:
1. A signed plan of conversion is on file at the principal place of business of the limited liability
company, the converting entity. The address of the principal place of business of the limited liability
company is:
Street or Mailing Address
City
State
Country
Zip Code
2. A signed plan of conversion will be on file after the conversion at the principal place of business of
the limited partnership, the converted entity. The address of the principal place of business of the
limited partnership is:
Street or Mailing Address
City
State
Country
Zip Code
3. A copy of the plan of conversion will be furnished on written request without cost by the
converting entity before the conversion or by the converted entity after the conversion to any owner or
member of the converting or converted entity.
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Certificate of Formation for the Converted Entity
If the converted entity is a Texas limited partnership, the certificate of formation of the Texas limited
partnership must be attached to this certificate either as an attachment or exhibit to the plan of
conversion, or as an attachment or exhibit to this certificate of conversion if the plan has not been
attached to the certificate of conversion.
Approval of the Plan of Conversion
The plan of conversion has been approved as required by the laws of the jurisdiction of formation and
the governing documents of the converting entity.
Effectiveness of Filing
(Select either A, B, or C.)
A.
This document becomes effective when the document is accepted and filed by the secretary of
state.
B.
This document becomes effective at a later date, which is not more than ninety (90) days from
the date of signing. The delayed effective date is:
C.
This document takes effect upon the occurrence of the future event or fact, other than the
th
passage of time. The 90
day after the date of signing is:
The following event or fact will cause the document to take effect in the manner described below:
Tax Certificate
Attached hereto is a certificate from the comptroller of public accounts that certifies that the
converting entity is in good standing for purposes of conversion.
In lieu of providing the tax certificate, the limited partnership as the converted entity is liable for
the payment of any franchise taxes.
Execution
The undersigned signs this document subject to the penalties imposed by law for the submission of a
materially false or fraudulent instrument. The undersigned certifies that the statements contained
herein are true and correct, and that the person signing is authorized under the provisions of the
Business Organizations Code, or other law applicable to and governing the converting entity, to
execute the filing instrument.
Date:
Signature of authorized person (see instructions)
Printed or typed name of authorized person
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