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?
Businesses in Virginia 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 Virginia there are specific 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?
Businesses in Richmond might sometimes change form. A company is eligible for conversion to an LLC if its situation falls under circumstances that are detailed by Virginia law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Virginia business law will be able to advise you of the advantages and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.