The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine benefits from across several other traditional business forms. An LLC enjoys the same type of limited liability as a corporation, but like the sole proprietorship and partnership, it is not taxed as its own entity. 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. 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?
The right business form is a decision left up to each business that openes in Pennsylvania. An LLC is started simply by filing the appropriate 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. Applicable laws are a primary consideration in the decision of whether to organize as an LLC. The right business structure for your company may be difficult to find, but different structures can end up saving your company a lot of money.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Lancaster may sometimes change form. A company is eligible for conversion to an LLC if its situation falls under circumstances that are detailed by Pennsylvania law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys practicing business law in Pennsylvania can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.