COMMERCIAL LAW Questions and Answers

How can a properly established business entity such as a corporation shield me from personal liability for business debts and obligations?


Personal liability arising from business obligations can devastate the accumulated wealth of a lifetime of work. Personal liability may extend to business losses, but other obligations may also reach individuals, including:


• Damage awards in lawsuits


• Tax penalties


• Back wages and benefit payments


Limited liability offered by corporations and other business entities shelters business owners from personal liability. Nonetheless, if an owner or director performs certain personal acts, behaves illegally, or fails to uphold statutory requirements for corporate status, he or she may face personal liability despite the corporate shelter.