Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

As you conduct your business, keep in mind that forming your partnership is not necessarily an end in itself. Like any business entity, a partnership is an ever­-changing operation. Partners may come; partners may leave; and, the business climate changes. Along with considering how to best change with the times to keep your business competitive and profitable, you may need to consider whether your partnership agreement needs to change, or even whether the form of your business should change.

As your partnership becomes larger or more profitable, you may want to consider changing to a corporation or limited liability company. This will largely be determined by tax ramifications and your potential for personal liability for partnership activities.

  • Overview of Businesses and Partnerships
    This section will explain various types of business organizations and help you decide if a partnership is the right form for your business. Types of Business Organizations A partnership is only one type of business organization. There are basically five types of business organizations:
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  • Personal Liability
    To fully understand partnerships, as well as all other types of business entities, it is important to understand the legal concept of personal liability for business obligations. There are always financial risks associated with starting a business. One risk is that the business will fail to make...
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  • General Partnerships
    General partnerships are the most basic type of partnership, and are little more than an agreement between two or more people to run a business. General partnerships have fallen out of favor, being replaced by other types of business structures because they don’t offer liability protection for...
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  • Limited Partnerships
    A limited partnership (LP) is where two or more people own a business, but there are two classes of partners: general partners (who own and operate the business), and limited partners (who invest their money or property in the business, do not have the right to make decisions regarding the...
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  • Limited Liability Partnerships
    A limited liability partnership (LLP) is basically a general partnership, but with the addition of giving the partners at least some limited personal liability. There is only one class of partner (general partners).
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  • Limited Liability Limited Partnerships
    A limited liability limited partnership (LLLP) is a type of partnership that is very similar to a limited liability partnership (LP) in that it has two types of partners, general partners and limited partners. Unlike an LP, however, the general partners in an LLLP have some liability protection....
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