The insulation from personal exposure for real estate investors provided by limited liability companies (LLCs), together with their ease of administration and potential tax benefits, make ownership of investment property through an LLC a smart move. Of course, if an owner fails to respect the separate and distinct identity of the LLC (such as through co-mingling personal and business funds), the integrity of the shield from liability will be compromised. Generally, though, the requirements to operate an LLC are not that burdensome.

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