The legal business form of the LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers the benefits of several other traditional business forms. 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. Like a corporation, a LLC can have unlimited shareholders, called members. But a key difference is if one of these shareholders dies or files for bankruptcy, the LLC is dissolved and will stop operations unless the remaining members form a new LLC. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts. An LLC is started simply by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. However, some charge additional fees for the formation of LLC?s, and in Massachusetts there are specific 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?

Changing business forms in Dover can be done if a company's situation meets certain conditions. Conversion to a LLC is possible if Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.