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. 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. LLC's, like corporations, may also have as many shareholders, or members, as desired. The LLC, however, is dissolved if one of those members files for bankruptcy or dies. Different forms of limited liability companies have been around for hundreds years, but the modern LLC, like the legislature enacted in Ohio, became more popular in the past several decades.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

The right business form is a decision left up to each business that openes in Ohio. An LLC is started just by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. Fees are regularly charged for opening LLC's, however, and Ohio law determines the costs for creating LLC's. 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?

Under specific conditions, a business in Independence may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Ohio law.

How Can an Attorney Help?

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