Should I buy a minority share in a LLC?

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Buying a minority share of a North Carolina limited liability company (LLC) can be a good investment opportunity, but there are several factors to consider before making a decision. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Limited control: As a minority owner, you may have limited control over the operations and management of the company, depending on the ownership structure and the operating agreement of the LLC.
  2. Limited liability: As a minority owner, you typically have limited liability for the debts and obligations of the LLC, which can protect your personal assets in the event of a lawsuit or bankruptcy.
  3. Profit distribution: Your share of profits will be based on your ownership percentage, and you may not receive a proportionate share of profits if the LLC has preferred distribution provisions or if profits are reinvested in the company.
  4. Exit strategy: Before buying a minority share of an LLC, it’s important to consider your exit strategy, including how you will sell your share and what restrictions may be in place on the transfer of ownership.
  5. Due diligence: Before investing in a minority share of an LLC, it’s important to conduct due diligence to assess the financial health of the company, the management team, and any potential risks or liabilities.

Ultimately, the decision to buy a minority share of a North Carolina LLC will depend on your investment goals, risk tolerance, and the specific details of the LLC’s ownership structure and operating agreement. It’s important to consult with a financial advisor or business attorney before making any investment decisions.

Will Blackton is a business lawyer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can reach Will at or (919) 636-5979.

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