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. 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. Like a corporation, a LLC can have unlimited shareholders, called members. But a key 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 New York since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
A business in New York can be organized using the form that it chooses. If the founders want to organize as an LLC, all that is required is filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. There may be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable New York 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 may 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 Lawrence may sometimes change form. A company is eligible for conversion to an LLC if its situation falls under circumstances that are detailed by New York law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys practicing business law in New York can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.