A new twist on real estate LLCs

Despite benefits, not all states recognize setup
Published on Jan 12, 2010

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DEAR BENNY: I read with interest what you wrote about putting rental properties in LLCs. What can you tell me about the new series LLCs for real estate investors? It appears they can be formed only in certain states, but would they be recognized in all states? --Elizabeth

DEAR ELIZABETH: The "series LLC" is a new, untested concept. Oversimplified, it is a "master" limited liability company, composed of two or more limited liability companies.

I have always recommended that real estate investors put their property into an LLC. But if you own two properties, each should be titled in the name of a separate LLC. Why? ...