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. 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. Various forms of limited liability companies have been around for hundreds years, but the modern LLC, like the legislature enacted in Texas, became more popular in the past several decades.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
In Texas, 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. There may be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable Texas laws govern the formation of LLC's and their actions. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business may 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?
Businesses in Austin may change their forms in specific circumstances. Whether a business may convert to a LLC or not is determined by Texas law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys practicing business law in Texas can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.