Because I am a licensed professional, is there one entity over another that works best for me?
The entity that works best for a licensed professional depends on many factors. Such factors may include the profession involved, the number of employees, and tax considerations.
Although both an LLC and a corporation can help protect an owner from liability, we find that most business owners choose an LLC to operate their business. An LLC can offer more freedom in the management of the business. For example, in the LLC operating agreement, the owners can expressly set forth and/or limit the rights, powers and obligations of the manager and the members.
An LLC also may not require some of the formalities of a corporation, such as annual meetings. In addition, an LLC may have tax advantages over a corporation. For example, an LLC with only one owner may not have to file a separate tax return, and its profit or loss can be included on the owner's tax filing. In contrast, a corporation must file a separate return.
If there is a claim or lawsuit relating to the business, then generally only the assets owned by the LLC or corporation, and not the business owner's other personal assets, will be subject to the claim or lawsuit, provided the entity is formed and managed correctly.