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 regularly required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by Maryland law. In deciding whether you should organize as an LLC, you should consider carefully the applicable laws. Finding the right business structure for your company may lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Columbia may change their forms in particular circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Maryland law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Maryland business law will be able to advise you of the advantages and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.