The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal form of business organization that offers the benefits of several other traditional structures. An LLC has the same benefit of limited liability that a corporation does, but without being taxed as its own entity. Instead, it's taxed more similarly to a sole proprietorship or partnership. An LLC can also have an endless amount of shareholders, like a corporation. However, the LLC is dissolved if one of those members dies or files for bankruptcy. Different forms of limited liability companies have been around for hundreds years, but the modern LLC, like the legislature enacted in District of Columbia, became more popular in the past several decades.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

The right business form is a decision left up to each business that openes in District of Columbia. An LLC is started just by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. Fees are frequently charged for opening LLC's, however, and District of Columbia law determines the costs for creating LLC's. You should consider these laws when deciding whether to organize your business as an LLC. Finding the right business structure for your company might take some effort, but it will ultimately make your business more profitable.

Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?

A business in Washington may change its form under specific conditions. Whether or not a business is eligible for conversion to a LLC is a determination made by applicable District of Columbia laws.

How Can an Attorney Help?

The decision of whether to form or convert to a LLC is best considered with the advice of local lawyers practicing business law in District of Columbia.