The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine benefits from across several other traditional business forms. A LLC has the benefits of a corporation's limited liability, but avoids double taxation like a partnership or sole proprietorship. 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. Many business forms have historically been aimed at the goal of limited liability, but the LLC is the most modern of these forms, having become popular since the enactment of laws in Pennsylvania that authorized its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Pennsylvania 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. However, there may be an additional fee required for forming your LLC, determined by Pennsylvania laws that govern the formation and 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 can lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Cumberland County may change their forms in specific circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not 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.