Section 10A-5-8.01

Special rules for limited liability companies performing professional services. REPEALED IN THE 2014 REGULAR SESSION BY ACT 2014-144 EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017.

(a) A limited liability company shall have the power to render professional services if each member or employee who renders professional services in Alabama is licensed or registered to render those professional services pursuant to applicable Alabama law and if the limited liability company complies with the limitations of this section.

(b) Every individual who renders professional services as a member or as an employee of a limited liability company shall be liable for any negligent or wrongful act or omission in which the individual personally participates to the same extent the individual would be liable if the individual rendered the services as a sole practitioner.

(c) The personal liability of a member, manager, or other employee of any limited liability company engaged in providing professional services shall be no greater than that of a shareholder, employee, director, or officer of a corporation organized under the Alabama Business Corporation Law or any successor act.

(d) The personal liability of a member, manager, or employee of a foreign limited liability company shall be determined under the law of the jurisdiction in which it is organized.

(e) Nothing in this chapter shall restrict or limit in any manner the authority or duty of a licensing authority with respect to individuals rendering a professional service within the jurisdiction of the licensing authority. Nothing in this chapter shall restrict or limit any law, rule, or regulation pertaining to standards of professional conduct.

(f) Nothing in this chapter shall limit the authority of a licensing authority to impose requirements in addition to those stated in this chapter on any limited liability company or foreign limited liability company rendering professional services within the jurisdiction of the licensing authority.

(g) A limited liability company organized to render professional services under this chapter may render only one specific type of professional services, and services ancillary to them, and may not engage in any business other than rendering the professional services which it was organized to render, and services ancillary to them. In addition, a limited liability company organized to render professional services shall be subject to the restrictions imposed on professional corporations by the Alabama Professional Corporation Law, as amended from time to time.

(h) A limited liability company organized to render professional services, domestic or foreign, may render professional services in Alabama only through individuals permitted to render those services in Alabama; but nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require that any individual who is employed by a limited liability company rendering professional services be licensed to perform services for which no license is otherwise required or to prohibit the rendering of professional services by a licensed individual acting in an individual capacity, notwithstanding that the individual may be a member, manager, employee or agent of a domestic or foreign limited liability company rendering professional services.

(i) A member's interest in a limited liability company organized to render professional services may be voluntarily transferred only to a person who is licensed or registered to render the professional services for which the company was organized.

(j) If a membership interest is transferred by gift or inheritance to a person who is not licensed or registered to render the professional services for which the limited liability company was organized or if a member's license or registration to perform the professional services for which the limited liability company was organized is terminated or suspended for a period of more than 12 months, the person or member shall not be treated as owning financial rights or an ownership interest in the limited liability company and shall be entitled only to receive the fair value of the membership interest determined in the same manner as the fair value of interests in professional corporations is determined under Section 10A-4-3.02.

(Acts 1993, No. 93-724, p. 1425, §45; Act 97-920, 1st Ex. Sess., p. 312, §1; §10-12-45; amended and renumbered by Act 2009-513, p. 967, §239.)