The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal business structure that seeks to combine advantages from across several other traditional business forms. Limited liability is an advantage that the LLC shares with the corporation, but instead of being taxed as its own entity, it is viewed more like a sole proprietorship or partnership for tax purposes. 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 Texas since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its creation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Businesses in Texas 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, some charge additional fees for the formation of LLC?s, and in Texas there are certain 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 might 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?
Under particular conditions, a business in Gonzales may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Texas law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Texas business law will be able to advise you of the advantages and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.