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. However, fees are often required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by Maine law. You should consider these laws when deciding whether to organize your business as an LLC. Finding the right business structure for your company may take some effort, but it will ultimately make your business more profitable.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Westbrook may change their forms in specific circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Maine law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Whether it would be advantageous for your business to form or convert to a LLC is a difficult decision. An attorney practicing business law in Maine can give you valuable advice.