The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal form of business organization that offers the advantages of several other traditional structures. Limited liability is an advantage that the LLC shares with the corporation, but instead of being taxed as its own entity, it is treated more like a sole proprietorship or partnership for tax purposes. An LLC can also have an unlimited amount of shareholders, like a corporation. However, the LLC is dissolved if one of those members dies or files for bankruptcy. Various forms of limited liability companies have been around for hundreds years, but the modern LLC, like the legislature enacted in Hawaii, became more popular in the past several decades.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

Businesses in Hawaii 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. Fees are generally charged for opening LLC's, however, and Hawaii law determines the costs for creating LLC's. 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?

Changing business forms in Kailua can be done if a company's situation meets certain conditions. Conversion to a LLC is possible if Hawaii law permits it in your situation.

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 Hawaii.