The LLC, or Limited Liability Company, is a business structure that was invented to offer an array of benefits normally provided by 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 New York since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
New York 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 often charged for opening LLC's, however, and New York law determines the costs for creating LLC's. 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?
Changing business forms in Dutchess County can be done if a company's situation meets specific conditions. Conversion to a LLC is possible if New York law permits it in your situation.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in New York business law will be able to advise you of the benefits and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.