The LLC, or Limited Liability Company, is a business structure that was invented to offer an array of advantages normally provided by other traditional business forms. An LLC enjoys the same form of limited liability as a corporation, but like the sole proprietorship and partnership, it is not taxed as its own entity. 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. For hundreds of years, limited liability has been a main goal of some business forms, but since the North Carolina legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation, the modern LLC has become more and more popular.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
A business in North Carolina 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. There can be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable North Carolina laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business might take some effort to find, but finding the right business form can reward you with increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Washington may change their forms in specific circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by North Carolina law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys experienced in North Carolina business law can give you valuable input on whether your business would be more profitable as a LLC.