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. Also like corporations, LLC's may 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 traditionally 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 may 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, there can be an additional fee required for forming your LLC, determined by Rhode Island laws that govern the formation and actions of LLC's. When deciding whether to form a LLC, you should consider which laws would apply to your company. Although it might take some time to find, choosing the right business structure for your company will lead to increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
A business in Woonsocket may change its form under specific conditions. Whether or not a business is eligible for conversion to a LLC is a determination made by applicable Rhode Island laws.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Whether it would be advantageous for your business to form or convert to a LLC is a difficult decision. An attorney practicing business law in Rhode Island can give you valuable advice.