You can be reassured by the fact that, as a shareholder, you have ‘limited liability’ for the debts of the company. That means you are only responsible for company debts up to the value of your shares. More simply, the only money you risk losing if the company should fail is the money you put in.
If a company is unable to repay a loan, both the directors and shareholders cannot be held liable. … A shareholder merely has an interest in the company – arising under its Articles of Association, measured by a sum of money for the purpose of liability, and by a share in the distributed profit.
Well, the basic concept of company law is that the only liability that a shareholder has to a company is the unpaid amount of his shares, his equity commitment to the company. In other words, the actual contractual debt owed by me as the shareholder of the company, if indeed there is a debt.
The members of a ‘limited’ company are not liable (in their capacity as shareholders) for the company’s debts. As shareholders, their only obligation is to pay the company any amount unpaid on their shares if they are called upon to do so.
Shareholder liability in a company limited by shares
In a company limited by shares, the shareholders must pay the company for the shares they have taken. Once those shares have been paid for in full, no further money is typically payable by the shareholders for company debts.
A corporation is an incorporated entity designed to limit the liability of its owners (called shareholders). Generally, shareholders are not personally liable for the debts of the corporation. Creditors can only collect on their debts by going after the assets of the corporation.
It can be limited by shares or it can be limited by guarantee. … In a company limited by shares, the shareholders must pay the company for the shares they have taken. Once those shares have been paid for in full, no further money is typically payable by the shareholders for company debts.
The general rule is that shareholders and LLC members are not personally responsible for debts and liabilities of a corporation or LLC: they can be held responsible only for the value of their investment in the entity. This is called limited liability protection and it is a matter of state law.
The benefits associated with limiting shareholder liability is twofold. First, by protecting shareholders from liability for the acts of the corporation, individuals are willing to invest in the enterprise. … Second, limited liability protects the personal assets of a shareholder from claims made against the corporation.