This is not legal advice but just my experience with creating a couple of LLCs recently. Thought it might be helpful perspective for others.

1) I setup an LLC towards the end of last year for the purposes of my search. I used a well-known online service to do this and now have serious buyers remorse! It's not much money in the scheme of things (about $400 out of pocket) but they also charge you that recurring fee each year for that amount. The scammiest part of this in retrospect is the EIN charge of $100. I recently went to the IRS website and this is at the top of the page where you apply for an EIN on "Applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service. Beware of websites on the Internet that charge for this free service."

2) I setup another LLC this morning for my wife, who recently started her own business. Took me maybe 20 minutes on Missouri's website and a grand total of $50. Could not have been easier.

Your mileage may vary but I would never pay an online service to setup an LLC in the future.