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?
Businesses in Rhode Island can organize using whatever form they choose. The office of the Secretary of State is the organization that accepts filings by those who want to open LLC's. However, some charge additional fees for the formation of LLC?s, and in Rhode Island there are particular 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 Newport can be done if a company's situation meets specific conditions. Conversion to a LLC is possible if Rhode Island law permits it in your situation.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys practicing business law in Rhode Island can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.