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I am working in a small single owner LLC and I've been

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I am working in a small single owner LLC and I've been offered a piece of the business. I wanted to talk to someone about how to structure that to protect myself financially.
JA: Can you tell me what state the LLC is registered in?
Customer: Alabama
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: The business has been around for 8 years.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not that I know of
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Specifically I'm looking to see what % of ownership I need to stay under in order to not be financially liable or have to share my personal finances...or are all Corporate Officers financially liable no matter the %? Thanks.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Okay thank you, understood. I was told by a banker that I need to stay under 20% and I just wanted to see if that was true?

The benefit of a LLC is that owners, regardless of ownership, are not liable for "most" corporate debt or liabilities. Now, regardless of how much or how little you own, if you act as an officer you could be help liable for some financial debts if you acted negligently. This is called piercing the corporate veil.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you.