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. 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. Limited liability has historically been a primary goal of many business forms, but since the legislature authorized it in Rhode Island, the modern LLC has become increasingly popular.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

In Rhode Island, 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, fees are generally required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by Rhode Island law. 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?

Under particular conditions, a business in Foster may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Rhode Island law.

How Can an Attorney Help?

A lawyer versed in Rhode Island business law will be able to advise you of the benefits and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.