The legal business form of the LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers the benefits 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 treated more like a sole proprietorship or partnership for tax purposes. LLC's, like corporations, can also have as many shareholders, or members, as desired. The LLC, however, is dissolved if one of those members files for bankruptcy or dies. Limited liability has historically been a primary goal of many business forms, but since the legislature authorized it in Missouri, the modern LLC has become increasingly popular.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

In Missouri, a business can be formed using the form that it chooses. Opening an LLC simply requires that the business founders file a form with the Secretary of State. There may be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable Missouri laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. When deciding whether to form a LLC, you should consider which laws would apply to your company. Although it may 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?

A business in Columbia may change its form under specific conditions. Whether or not a business is eligible for conversion to a LLC is a determination made by applicable Missouri laws.

How Can an Attorney Help?

The decision of whether to form or convert to a LLC is best considered with the advice of local attorneys practicing business law in Missouri.