The legal business form of the LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers the advantages of several other traditional business forms. Limited liability is an advantage that the LLC shares with the corporation, but instead of being taxed as its own entity, it is viewed more like a sole proprietorship or partnership for tax purposes. Like a corporation, a LLC can have unlimited shareholders, called members. But a main difference is if one of these shareholders dies or files for bankruptcy, the LLC is dissolved and will stop operations unless the remaining members form a new LLC. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in Michigan since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its creation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
A business in Michigan can be organized using the form that it chooses. If the founders want to organize as an LLC, all that is necessary is filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. However, some charge additional fees for the formation of LLC?s, and in Michigan there are particular laws that govern the actions of 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 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 Gladstone may change their forms in specific circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Michigan law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Michigan business law will be able to advise you of the advantages and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.