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. For hundreds of years, limited liability has been a main 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 just requires that the business founders file a form with the Secretary of State. There can be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable Pennsylvania laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business might take some effort to find, but finding the right business form can reward you with increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Businesses in State College may change their forms in particular circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Pennsylvania law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Whether it would be beneficial for your business to form or convert to a LLC is a difficult decision. An attorney practicing business law in Pennsylvania can give you valuable advice.