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Limited Liability and Getting Started With Business Formalities – From a Business Lawyer

Business Attorneys are often asked how limited liability works, because this is often one of the greatest advantages to forming an entity that offers this type of protection (limited liability partnership, limited liability company, corporation, etc). Limited liability basically protects the business owner for the negligence of his or her employees.

In other words, the limited liability status of a company does not protect the business owner from liabilities that are a result of his or her personal negligence. Company owners that actually take part in the daily activities of a business should be aware of this fact; because this makes almost as though the business is a sole proprietorship.

Limited liability, on the other hand, is one of the biggest advantages of forming a corporation, or LLC, even if it only protects the business owner from his or her employee’s negligence. While any employee’s misconduct is likely outside the scope of employment, and would not make the business owner liable, the limited liability status is important for protecting the business owner’s personal assets.

Failure to form the business properly might result in the business being recognized as a partnership, where the business owners would be joint and severally liable for the business’ debts (including judgments against the business); A Business law expert is useful for ensuring that your business is formed and operated properly.

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