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. Fees are frequently charged for opening LLC's, however, and Texas law determines the costs for creating LLC's. You should consider these laws when deciding whether to organize your business as an LLC. Finding the right business structure for your company might take some effort, but it will ultimately make your business more profitable.

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

A business in Grapevine may change its form under particular conditions. Whether or not a business is eligible for conversion to a LLC is a determination made by applicable Texas laws.

How Can an Attorney Help?

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