When you open a Delaware LLC, you should have some idea about the certificate of incorporation, the operating agreement, corporate tax choices, and how to manage the company after incorporation. You should learn a new approach to LLCs and introduce creative ways to grasp the sometimes-foreign definition of establishing their businesses officially.
However, while you are looking to build a Delaware LLC, there are a few things you should be aware of.
(1) A Delaware LLC shall be safe from lenders
The charging order that requires creditors of a member to seek their distribution, but not LLC assets or other participant assets, applies only to Delaware LLCs. Creditors are not entitled to LLC property or an ownership share in the LLC, whereas the Uniform LLC Act does not always give the same protection for LLCs formed in states that have adopted this Act.
(2) Delaware has rulings on "home-like"
The Delaware LLC Act has laws in 16 other states that allow the "home-like" decisions of Delaware to be considered as the home of a business-friendly court system. Although this does not extend to all states, it can offer a legal advantage in another state to have a company in Delaware.
(3) Your business and personal assets should be separated
Focus is put on ensuring that business costs and expenses are handled with corporate funds, mitigating the mix of your position as an employee and your position with the organisation. Also, just make sure you sign up as a member/manager to avoid signing documents with just your name. It preserves the duty and makes it less possible for a judgement creditor to "pierce the shield".
(4) It is difficult to pierce the veil
In a certain situation from outside of Delaware, the veil can be pierced, but specific criteria should be fulfilled. GreenHunter Energy, Inc. v. W. Ecosystems Tech., Inc. was a case in Wyoming where GreenHunter Wind Energy sought consulting services from Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. for a wind turbine farm.
On the $43,000 + bill, GreenHunter missed out and was sued, paving the groundwork for an example where a veil was pierced. GreenHunter was the sole founder and director of the LLC, who never brought enough cash to cover a high debt, and was ordered to owe the debt and court fees. One more justification for setting up a Delaware LLC and not a Wyoming LLC is this case. The court determined that four considerations should be taken into account to pierce the veil in Wyoming: insufficient capitalization, fraud, failure to follow company formalities, and financial intermingling.
In the end, the seminar reinforced that Delaware makes it easy to keep and run an LLC while giving credence to companies and putting faith in these companies to keep a solid LLC operating agreement. With a strong operating agreement and conscientious attention upholding the integrity regarding company matters, any business owner may take advantage of the benefits of a Delaware LLC.