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?
The right business form is a decision left up to each business that openes in Illinois. An LLC is started simply by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. There may be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable Illinois laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. 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?
Businesses in Justice may sometimes change form. A company is eligible for conversion to an LLC if its situation falls under circumstances that are detailed by Illinois law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys practicing business law in Illinois can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.