The legal business form of the LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers the benefits of several other traditional business forms. An LLC has the same advantage 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 can 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. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in Maine since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Maine allows a company to incorporate using the business form it chooses. To begin as an LLC, a company simply files the necessary form with the Secretary of State. Fees are generally charged for opening LLC's, however, and Maine law determines the costs for creating LLC's. In deciding whether you should organize as an LLC, you should consider carefully the applicable laws. Finding the right business structure for your company can lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
A business in Topsham may change its form under certain conditions. Whether or not a business is eligible for conversion to a LLC is a determination made by applicable Maine laws.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys experienced in Maine business law can give you valuable input on whether your business would be more profitable as a LLC.