The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine advantages from across several other traditional business forms. An LLC enjoys the same form of limited liability as a corporation, but like the sole proprietorship and partnership, it is not taxed as its own entity. Like a corporation, the LLC can also have an endless amount of shareholders, called members. Unlike a corporation however, if a member dies, files for bankruptcy, or otherwise leaves the LLC, the company is dissolved. Many business forms have traditionally 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 start as an LLC, a company just files the necessary form with the Secretary of State. However, there can 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 may lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in Pittsburgh might 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?
Lawyers practicing business law in Pennsylvania can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.