Be sure you establish your business in a way that leverages benefits and fits your needs.
When setting up a new business, the prime initial question is whether to establish a limited liability company, a corporation, a general partnership, or a sole proprietorship. The answer in significant part depends on how you want to deal with the risks of potential personal liability. This consideration is also of concern in evaluating any present entity.
With a C-corporation, the owners become stockholders, and they have very limited personal liability, unless they fail to properly operate the business as an actual corporation.
Limited Liability Companies
If you register the entity as an LLC and comply with other filing and legal requirements, the members (owners) also have limited liability, and their personal assets are generally shielded from the debts of the business.
The major drawback to a sole proprietorship is that the single owner’s personal assets are not shielded from the debts of the business.
If there are two or more owners, the business can be set up as a general partnership. However, the general partners are personally liable for the debts of the business.
In addition to the liability issues, it is also important that you consider the tax implications of utilizing one of these options to structure the new business entity.
If you have questions about the formation of a new business entity, contact attorney Matthew P. Gerdisch at 414-962-5110 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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