Hello and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you.
You probably could, but not if you formed an LLC. Anytime you form a business entity that requires registration with the State (e.g. LLC, corporation, limited partnership, etc.), you’re putting your info in the public domain. At the least, you’d need to name a registered agent whose name and address are readily available to the public on South Carolina’s Secretary of State’s website.
For example, I just visited the website and randomly did a search for “Smith LLC.” You can view the results HERE. Even if you had somebody else act as the registered agent, somebody could likely find out your information by contacting the Secretary of State or Department of Revenue. The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that it’s all there for anybody to see.
Therefore, in order to do what you suggest, you may not want convert your business into an LLC or other type of entity that needs to be registered with the State.
Have I satisfactorily addressed your concerns? If not, then please feel free to ask for clarification.
If you left the company as a sole proprietorship and changed the name to something generic (e.g. “Smith’s Software Company”), then I think you may be able to get away with it to the extent that registering the company may not be necessary. You can find a list of business entities that must be registered with the Secretary of State, and sole prop is not on the list.
The problem is that a sole prop. is not a separate legal entity like an LLC. Therefore, it can’t own a bank account, credit card, or property. You’d have to have those in your name. Of course, financial accounts are private and can’t be viewed without a subpoena anyway, so that may still provide some insulation (at least from malicious internet users). Then there's the liability protection you'd be giving up ... so it's a give and take.
For what it's worth, I understand your concerns. It kind of freaked me out when I was first licensed to practice law and found that my name and address were listed publicly for anybody to see on my State's judiciary website. But I've never encountered any problems because of it.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you luck.
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