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?
Businesses in Maryland may organize using whatever form they choose. The office of the Secretary of State is the organization that accepts filings by those who want to open LLC's. Fees are frequently charged for opening LLC's, however, and Maryland law determines the costs for creating LLC's. When deciding whether to form a LLC, you should consider which laws would apply to your company. Although it might take some time to find, choosing the right business structure for your company will lead to increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under certain conditions, a business in Easton may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC 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.