Q: Personal vs business name on a contract?
I am a physician independent contractor doing locum jobs. I have my own LLC. I am having a new part-time job, what name should I put in that locum contract? My name or the business LLC name? Does it matter? Can I simply use my name and have the LLC name put on the W9? Thanks
A: Since you already have the LLC set up you should use the name of the LLC on the locum agreement, and any accompanying documentation.
A: People set up LLCs for various reasons, but primarily for tax reasons and to limit their personal liability. As far as the latter reason, while an LLC could limit your liability for business debts, it probably won't limit your liability for any malpractice claim as such claims are almost always personal. Nonetheless, since you have the LLC set up and are operating as an LLC, you should use the name of the LLC for your locus agreement. Also, be sure to show that you are signing on behalf of the LLC, rather than personally. (Generally, in the signature section of the agreement, you should put the LLC name first, then your signature underneath that, and then underneath that you should print your name and title (i.e. Member, Managing Member, etc... as appropriate).
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.