The legal business form of the LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers the advantages of several other traditional business forms. An LLC has the same benefit 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 main 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 creation.
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 just by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. There can be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable Massachusetts laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. Applicable laws are a primary consideration in the decision of whether to organize as an LLC. The right business structure for your company might be difficult to find, but different structures can end up saving your company a lot of money.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under certain conditions, a business in Great Barrington may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Massachusetts law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys experienced in Massachusetts business law can give you valuable input on whether your business would be more profitable as a LLC.