The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a business structure that combines the benefits of many traditional business forms. A LLC has the advantages of a corporation's limited liability, but avoids double taxation like a partnership or sole proprietorship. Like a corporation, the LLC can also have an endless amount of shareholders, called members. Unlike a corporation however, if a member dies, files for bankruptcy, or otherwise leaves the LLC, the company is dissolved. Business forms with limited liability have existed for hundreds of years, but the modern LLC became more popular in Virginia since the legislature enacted laws authorizing its creation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Virginia allows a company to incorporate using the business form it chooses. To start as an LLC, a company just files the necessary form with the Secretary of State. Fees are frequently charged for opening LLC's, however, and Virginia 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 may lead to increased profits, but the process may take some time.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
A business in Orange may change its form under certain conditions. Whether or not a business is eligible for conversion to a LLC is a determination made by applicable Virginia laws.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Lawyers practicing business law in Virginia can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.