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. Also like corporations, LLC's can have as many shareholders, or members, as it likes. Unlike a corporation however, the death or bankruptcy of one of the members will dissolve the LLC. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in Georgia since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
A business in Georgia can be organized using the form that it chooses. If the founders want to organize as an LLC, all that is required is filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. However, some charge additional fees for the formation of LLC?s, and in Georgia there are certain laws that govern the actions of 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 may take some effort, but it will ultimately make your business more profitable.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Gwinnett County may sometimes change form. A company is eligible for conversion to an LLC if its situation falls under circumstances that are detailed by Georgia law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
The decision of whether to form or convert to a LLC is best considered with the advice of local attorneys practicing business law in Georgia.