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. LLC's, like corporations, may also have as many shareholders, or members, as desired. The LLC, however, is dissolved if one of those members files for bankruptcy or dies. Limited liability has traditionally been a primary goal of many business forms, but since the legislature authorized it in Washington, the modern LLC has become increasingly popular.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
In Washington, a business can be formed using the form that it chooses. Opening an LLC just requires that the business founders file a form with the Secretary of State. There can be a fee required for opening your LLC, however. Applicable Washington 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 might 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 Olympia might sometimes change form. A company is eligible for conversion to an LLC if its situation falls under circumstances that are detailed by Washington law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Lawyers practicing business law in Washington can advise you on whether it would be favorable for your business to form or convert to a LLC.