The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine advantages from across several other traditional business forms. A LLC has the advantages of a corporation's limited liability, but avoids double taxation like a partnership or sole proprietorship. Also like corporations, LLC's may 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. Limited liability has traditionally been a primary goal of many business forms, but since the legislature authorized it in Pennsylvania, the modern LLC has become increasingly popular.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
In Pennsylvania, a business can be formed using the form that it chooses. Opening an LLC just requires that the business founders file a form with the Secretary of State. However, some charge additional fees for the formation of LLC?s, and in Pennsylvania there are certain laws that govern the actions of LLC?s. In deciding whether you should organize as an LLC, you should consider carefully the applicable laws. Finding the right business structure for your company may lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under particular conditions, a business in Canonsburg may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Pennsylvania law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys experienced in Pennsylvania business law can give you valuable input on whether your business would be more profitable as a LLC.