The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine advantages from across several other traditional business forms. Like a sole proprietorship or partnership, an LLC is not taxed as its own entity. However, it still has the benefit of limited liability, the same as a corporation. Like a corporation, a LLC can have unlimited shareholders, called members. But a main difference is if one of these shareholders dies or files for bankruptcy, the LLC is dissolved and will stop operations unless the remaining members form a new LLC. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in South Carolina since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its creation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Businesses in South Carolina 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, fees are regularly required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by South Carolina law. 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?
Changing business forms in Richland County can be done if a company's situation meets specific conditions. Conversion to a LLC is possible if South Carolina law permits it in your situation.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Lawyers practicing business law in South Carolina can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.