The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a business structure that combines the advantages of many traditional business forms. An LLC enjoys the same type of limited liability as a corporation, but like the sole proprietorship and partnership, it is not taxed as its own entity. Like a corporation, a LLC can have unlimited shareholders, called members. But a key 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. Limited liability has historically been a primary goal of many business forms, but since the legislature authorized it in Wisconsin, the modern LLC has become increasingly popular.

Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?

Businesses in Wisconsin can 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 Wisconsin there are particular laws that govern the actions of LLC?s. When deciding whether to form a LLC, you should consider which laws would apply to your company. Although it may take some time to find, choosing the right business structure for your company will lead to increased profitability.

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

Under specific conditions, a business in Dane County may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Wisconsin law.

How Can an Attorney Help?

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