The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal form of business organization that offers the advantages of several other traditional structures. An LLC has the same advantage 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. Like a corporation, the LLC can also have an unlimited amount of shareholders, called members. Unlike a corporation however, if a member dies, files for bankruptcy, or otherwise leaves the LLC, the company is dissolved. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in Florida since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Businesses in Florida can organize using whatever form they choose. The office of the Secretary of State is the organization that accepts filings by those who want to open LLC's. However, fees are generally required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by Florida law. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business may 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 Palmetto may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Florida 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 Florida can give you valuable advice.