Howard County, MD, Business Dissolution Litigation Lawyers

Our attorneys at the Coover Law Firm of Columbia, Maryland, understand all of the legalities of the stages of a business. We are prepared to provide the thorough, forward-thinking representation needed when preparing to wind up a business dissolution. For some business owners, the time comes when they must end operations and dissolve their business. Dissolution is the last stage of liquidation, the process by which a company is brought to an end and the assets and property of the company redistributed. It’s a stressful time and a multi-step process.

Several events can trigger the dissolution of a corporation:

Howard county Business DissolutionVoluntarily Dissolution – Filing a notice of dissolution with the Secretary of State or via court order after a vote of the shareholders.

Involuntarily Dissolution – IRS takes action due to failure to pay taxes.

Corporate assets are liquidated during dissolution, and distributions are made to pay off corporate debts.

How Is a Business Dissolved?

How a business is dissolved depends on the type of business in question. A company can exist as three different types of entities, which are:

A sole proprietorship lasts as long as the owner desires it to or until the sole proprietor’s death. Upon death, the sole proprietorship ceases to exist, with its assets and liabilities becoming part of the sole proprietor’s estate.

In partnerships, the outcome is the same unless the partnership agreement contains a method by which the deceased partner’s share may be bought out by the other partner(s).

A corporation may be dissolved only if its shareholders vote to do so. Upon a shareholder’s death, his shares become part of his estate and may pass on to his heirs. Company owners must approve the dissolution of the business. With corporations, the shareholders must approve the action; with limited liability companies (LLCs), members approve. The bylaws of a corporation and the LLC operating agreement ideally outline the dissolution process. Corporate formalities should require the board of directors to draft and approve the dissolution resolution. Shareholders then vote on the director-approved resolution. Both actions should be documented and placed in the corporate record book. While LLCs are not subject to the same formalities, documenting the decision and member approval is recommended.

What Can I Do to Prepare for a Business Dissolution?

Specific steps must be taken to protect your assets from liability when your business is dissolved. The following is a short list which outlines some of your options:

  • Check to see if you need to continue to purchase insurance to cover any product liability issues
  • If you are planning to sell off inventory, you may have to file a bulk sale report
  • If you are planning to lay off any employees, you may be required to give notice and provide insurance for them
  • Create a list of and review all open contracts
  • Settle any lease issues
  • Prepare a list of creditors for notice requirements
  • Set a deadline for filing claims against the business by creditors

Do I Need Special Considerations for Taxes?

Even though the business is being dissolved, tax obligations do not immediately cease. You must follow the procedure for business closing with the IRS and Maryland state and local taxing entities. Also, you must complete your payroll reporting obligations if you have employees to avoid penalties.

Do I Need to Consult a Lawyer for My Business Dissolution?

Yes. The dissolution of a business has the potential to generate multiple liabilities. The attorneys of the Coover Law Firm will assist you in protecting your interests and ensuring that the formalities of Maryland State and Federal regulations have been satisfied. We can deal with these liabilities as they arise and will represent your interests diligently and expertly. Our business dissolution attorneys can help you sort your remaining contracts and guide you appropriately. The Coover Firm can also aid you through the real estate sales if you sell the business property.

For any business, commercial, or corporate legal matter in Columbia, Maryland, and surrounding areas, call the Coover Law Firm at 410-995-1100, toll-free at 866-425-9555, or contact the firm online to discuss scheduling an appointment with our attorneys.

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