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. For hundreds of years, limited liability has been a main goal of some business forms, but since the California legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation, the modern LLC has become more and more popular.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
California allows a company to incorporate using the business form it chooses. To start as an LLC, a company just files the necessary 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. Applicable laws are a primary consideration in the decision of whether to organize as an LLC. The right business structure for your company might be difficult to find, but different structures can end up saving your company a lot of money.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under certain conditions, a business in Stockton may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by California law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys experienced in California business law can give you valuable input on whether your business would be more profitable as a LLC.