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. Also like corporations, LLC's may have as many shareholders, or members, as it likes. Unlike a corporation however, the death or bankruptcy of one of the members will dissolve the LLC. Different forms of limited liability companies have been around for hundreds years, but the modern LLC, like the legislature enacted in Maine, became more popular in the past several decades.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Businesses in Maine 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. However, there can be an additional fee required for forming your LLC, determined by Maine laws that govern the formation and actions of 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?
Businesses in Sanford may change their forms in particular circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Maine law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Maine business law will be able to advise you of the advantages and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.