The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine benefits 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 advantage of limited liability, the same as a corporation. Like a corporation, a LLC can have unlimited shareholders, called members. But a key 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 formation.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

The right business form is a decision left up to each business that openes in South Carolina. An LLC is started simply by filing the appropriate form with the Secretary of State. Fees are often charged for opening LLC's, however, and South Carolina law determines the costs for creating LLC's. In deciding whether you should organize as an LLC, you should consider carefully the applicable laws. Finding the right business structure for your company can lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.

Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?

Under particular conditions, a business in Travelers Rest may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by South Carolina law.

How Can an Attorney Help?

The decision of whether to form or convert to a LLC is best considered with the advice of local attorneys practicing business law in South Carolina.