The legal business form of the LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers the benefits of several other traditional business forms. A LLC has the benefits of a corporation's limited liability, but avoids double taxation like a partnership or sole proprietorship. 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 Illinois since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Businesses in Illinois 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 Illinois law. 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 Highwood may change their forms in certain circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Illinois law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Illinois business law will be able to advise you of the benefits and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.