The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal form of business organization that offers the benefits of several other traditional structures. Like a sole proprietorship or partnership, an LLC is not taxed as its own entity. However, it still has the benefit of limited liability, the same as a corporation. LLC's, like corporations, may also have as many shareholders, or members, as desired. The LLC, however, is dissolved if one of those members files for bankruptcy or dies. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in California since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its creation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
A business in California can be organized using the form that it chooses. If the founders want to organize as an LLC, all that is necessary is filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. However, fees are regularly required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by California law. In deciding whether you should organize as an LLC, you should consider carefully the applicable laws. Finding the right business structure for your company may lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Sacramento County may change their forms in certain circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by California law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in California business law will be able to advise you of the advantages and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.