The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal form of business organization that offers the benefits 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 viewed more like a sole proprietorship or partnership for tax purposes. 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 Hawaii, became more popular in the past several decades.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

Businesses in Hawaii may 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 frequently required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by Hawaii law. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business might 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 specific conditions, a business in Lahaina may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Hawaii 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 lawyers practicing business law in Hawaii.