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. For hundreds of years, limited liability has been a primary goal of some business forms, but since the Pennsylvania legislature enacted laws authorizing its formation, the modern LLC has become more and more 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 simply 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. 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?
Changing business forms in Lehigh County can be done if a company's situation meets particular conditions. Conversion to a LLC is possible if Pennsylvania law permits it in your situation.
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.