If you co-own an LLC with one or more partners and are ready to leave the LLC, you may be able to sell or transfer your membership interest. Having a current LLC member buy out your share in the LLC is the easiest and most direct method, but you may also be able to assign your LLC membership interest to a third party.
A sudden death in a business can create discomfort as other partners struggle to figure out the new company ownership. In the case of single-member LLCs, a death can mean the end of the company. However, unlike sole proprietorships and partnerships, LLCs can survive beyond the deaths of their owners. Whether it does or not is determined by the LLC’s operating agreement.
Limited Liability Companies are generally intended to outlive their owners/members. Unless the LLC’s operating agreement specifies that the company dissolved when one member leaves the LLC, your business may continue on without the missing person. Outside of any other end-of-work agreement you may wish to use — such as nondisclosure agreements or non-compete contracts — there are only a few formalities you must follow when a member leaves your LLC.
The most important first step is to check your operating agreement.