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?
The right business form is a decision left up to each business that openes in California. An LLC is started just by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. There can be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable California laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business might take some effort to find, but finding the right business form can reward you with increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under certain conditions, a business in Santa Cruz County may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by California law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC is a difficult decision. An attorney practicing business law in California can give you valuable advice.