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, the LLC can also have an endless 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. Different forms of limited liability companies have been around for hundreds years, but the modern LLC, like the legislature enacted in Maryland, became more popular in the past several decades.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
In Maryland, a business can be formed using the form that it chooses. Opening an LLC just requires that the business founders file a form with the Secretary of State. 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 Maryland 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?
Businesses in Chestertown may change their forms in certain circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Maryland law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Lawyers practicing business law in Maryland can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.